Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: Many of these issues are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then the larger issues often take care of themselves and you can focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice and more family time. Mark Studin 2006

“Do I Order the MRI?”

“Prevailing before the fight = Peace & Prosperity!” Mark Studin 2019 
I received this today from Dax Sirucek in Idaho, a Trauma Team Member. He wrote:
Hey Doc, I got into a discussion today with another chiropractor I know and I wanted to get your opinion on this topic as he is now the 3rd or 4th chiro I have heard take this position. Here's the scenario... he calls me up today and asks me for my opinion on a PI case he has. It involves 3 young girls with chronic severe neck pain and headaches. He states that the x-rays are negative for laxity and they do not have radicular pain. He wants to go to trial on connective tissue injuries and is advising the attorney to do so. I asked him to date why no MRIs have been performed. He stated that he didn't want to ruin his connective tissue case by having a negative MRI. My opinion is a proper diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan (you can pat me on the back later)..... That he doesn't know what he is treating and that I didn't feel a negative MRI would destroy a connective tissue case. So the question here really is.... do you feel a negative MRI traps the physician into a line of questioning that would destroy a connective tissue case?

My Answer:
Herein lies the problem… Chiropractors nationally, strive to make a case for the lawyer, and we do give a crap about that… henceforth your comment diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan. IF… there is a diagnostic dilemma, you order the MRI, if not… then why?

Interestingly enough, pandering to the lawyer over time is the core of why most lawyers will NOT work with those doctors… because in the end, it destroys their case and your reputation as a doctor who objectively treats their patients in an evidenced-based environment… Good Answer and YES… I am very proud of you
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