Evidence-based chiropractic care refers to the practice of chiropractic medicine that is based on scientific evidence, research, and clinical studies.
It involves using the best available evidence from credible research to inform treatment decisions and interventions.
Chiropractic care is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, particularly those related to the spine and nervous system. Chiropractors use manual manipulation and adjustments of the spine and other joints to address issues like back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions.
In evidence-based chiropractic care, practitioners rely on scientific studies, clinical trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses to determine the effectiveness and safety of various chiropractic treatments. The goal is to provide patients with the most effective, safe, and beneficial interventions based on credible scientific evidence.
The evidence-based approach in chiropractic care emphasizes the following:
We stay up-to-date with the latest research and incorporate evidence from well-designed studies into practice. The Ontario Chiropractic Association draws on a wide range of experienced practitioners’ expertise and created the OCA Evidence-Based Framework Advisory Council (EBFAC). Comprised of 13 members, it represents a diverse cross-section of chiropractors engaged in clinical practice, clinical and/or basic sciences research, and a patient.
Informed decision-making: Engaging patients in discussions about treatment options and helping them make informed decisions is based on the available evidence.
Chiropractors can explain the breadth of care that chiropractic care delivers, from assessment and diagnosis to prescribing exercises and other therapies and why care is delivered the way it is.
It will help patients understand that chiropractic care involves more than spinal manipulative therapy or spinal adjustment. That said, this framework can be used to provide evidence that adjustments are a safe and effective intervention while dispelling misconceptions.
For patients, it’s also important that others in their circle of care, like their family doctor or rheumatologist, understand how chiropractors can support their condition.
Chiropractors regularly assess patient outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments and adjust the approach as needed.
Using an evidence-based approach, chiropractors aim to improve patient outcomes, reduce the risk of harm, and provide the highest standard of care. This approach also helps bridge the gap between traditional chiropractic practices and mainstream healthcare, promoting better integration of chiropractic care within the broader healthcare system.
Dr. McHardy, Chiropractor and owner of Parkway Back and Foot assesses neuro-musculoskeletal conditions in the spine, central nervous system and other joints and muscles.
Our focus is the prevention and treatment of pain and pain management. If required, we provide spinal manipulation and extremity manipulation. These are commonly known as chiropractic adjustments.
When you visit us in our clinic in Stoney Creek, we are happy to discuss with you what we do to the point you are making an educated decision. It is important to us that you feel safe and educated on the benefits and risks before you obtain any treatment.