Miracle Worker?October 26, 2010 • By John Olsen
Often, a patient will call me a “miracle worker.” I usually reply with the standard “I’m so glad that I’ve been able to help . . .” and so on.
Here’s the thing, though. I’m not a magician. I’m not a “faith-healer.” I don’t stick pins in a doll. There is really nothing I do that could be considered a “miracle cure.”
Here’s what I do. Like any other doctor, I examine the patient — an exam in my office consists mostly of orthopedic, neurologic, and palpation testing (using my hands to detect abnormal joint motion, swelling, misalignment, etc). Sometimes I send patients for an X-ray or MRI study.
If the patient has a condition I think I can help, I present a treatment plan. Every treatment modality in my office has a standard code that is recognized by other practitioners (MDs, DOs, PTs, etc) as well as insurance companies (insurance companies would never pay for a “miracle cure” — they scrutinize every type of procedure to the nth degree before they will ever agree to cover it).
If the patient accepts my treatment plan, they usually get really good results (usually very quickly). This is where I am often accused of being a miracle worker. They are just so amazed that I can help them without drugs or surgery.
Most people think that the only “real” solutions to medical problems are drugs and surgery (pharmaceutical companies do a great job of keeping this myth alive with their marketing). Sometimes drugs or surgery are required. For most back pain, headaches, neck pain, and other spine and joint conditions, drug-free, scalpel-free chiropractic will do just fine.
I don’t perform miracles. I just do what I was trained to do, and I have some experience under my belt. Don’t be overly surprised if I can help you too!