NEW YORK, NY, March 25, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Covid-19 pandemic has confined millions of people to their homes and curtailed their medical care, particularly in rural areas. It also poses health risks, including neck pain (1-6), back pain (7-11), and scoliosis (12-16). A new study from the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic at Parker University shows that “home care” in chiropractic care can expand service in the comfort of the patient’s home (17).
Home care should encompass a broader definition that includes the physical, mental, and nutritional care of patients. “Chiropractors can arrange for assistants from the community to come to patients’ homes and take care of them. The chiropractor may provide or arrange hands-on massage or personal rehabilitation programs, advise on pain and symptom control, monitor scoliosis progression, and provide emotional and practical support to patients and their caregivers at home.” Said by Dr. Eric Chun-Pu Chu, lead researcher at New York Medical Group (NYMG) and Chair of the Chiropractic Doctors Association of Hong Kong (CDAHK).
Chiropractic journeys can begin to define the broader scope of care – one that extends beyond the hospital and other clinical settings into the home – they need to achieve the best quality, outcomes and experiences for their patients, by mapping the different locations and modalities of care that specific patient populations may encounter throughout their care journey.
Recent clinical studies have shown that chiropractic rehabilitation can improve motor function in patients even with neurodegenerative (18) and neuromuscular diseases (19-22). “Chiropractors can also incorporate other specialized professionals into home care, such as neurological and drug counseling through telemedicine,” Chu said.
The COVID-19 epidemic has sparked a fundamental rethink of homecare to improve the quality of care and patient experience, while creating potential value for payers, healthcare facilities and physician groups, homecare providers, technology companies and investors. The ultimate value of home care is determined by a variety of factors at the hands of stakeholders. On the other hand, the opportunity could unlock the design of the current healthcare model and allow chiropractors to play a new role in delivering safe, affordable, and well-curated patient journeys.
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2) Chu EC. Secondary segment pathology of the cervical spine A case report. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care. 2022 February; 11(2):787-789.
3) Chu EC, et al. Craniocervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: a case report and brief review. AME Case Rep. 2021;5:12.
4) Chu EC, Wong AY. Cervicogenic dizziness in an 11-year-old girl: a case report. Adolesc Health Med Ther. 2021;12:111-116.
5) Chu ECP et al. Cervicogenic dizziness. Case Reports from Oxf Med. November 2019; 2019 (11): 476-478.
6) Chu EC, et al. Cervicogenic vertigo associated with craniocervical instability: A case report. J Med cases. 2021 Nov;12(11):451-454.
7) Chu ECP, Wong AYL. Chronic orchialgia due to herniated disc: a case report and brief review. Bin J Mens Health. 2021 May-Jun;15(3):15579883211018431.
8) Chu E. Thoracolumbar disc herniation: a hidden cause of monosymptomatic nocturnal wetting. European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. April 2021; 8(3):2834-2840.
9) Chu ECP. Taming the testicle pain that complicates a herniated disc by manipulating the spine. Bin J Mens Health. 2020 Jul-Aug;14(4):1557988320949358.
10) Chu EC. Regression of lumbar disc herniation after nonsurgical treatment. European Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine. 2020 July; 7(1):27-79. doi: 10.5334/ejmcm.275.
11) Chu ECP, Wong AYL. Change in pelvic incidence associated with sacroiliac joint dysfunction: A case report. J Med cases. 2022 Jan;13(1):31-35.
12) Leung K, Huang K, Chu EC. Chiropractic Management as a Conservative Treatment for Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Case Report. Asia Pacific Chiropr J. 2021 September; 2(2).
13) Pu Chu EC et al. Changes in radiographic parameters after chiropractic treatment in 10 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: A retrospective chart review. clinical practice. 4 Sep 2020;10(3):1258.
14) Chu EC. Lumbosacral transitional vertebra as a potential contributor to scoliosis: a two-case report. Asia Pacific Chiropractic Journal. 2020 July; 1.
15) Chu EC, et al. Bridging the gap between observation and brace treatment in juvenile idiopathic scoliosis. J Family Med Prim care. 2017 Apr-Jun;6(2):447-449.
16) Chu EC. Improving quality of life through conservative management of thoracic scoliosis at 172°: a case report. J Med Life. 2022 Jan;15(1):144-148.
17) Chu E. The ability to unlock the Health Model architecture: Chiropractic Care at Home. Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic. 2022; 5(1):44-49.
18) Chu ECP, Wong AYL, Lee LYK. Chiropractic care for low back pain, gait and posture in a patient with Parkinson’s disease: a case report and brief review. AME Case Rep. 2021;5:34.
19) Chu EC. Head and neck pain remission after chiropractic manipulative treatment in a patient with neurofibromatosis. Chiro J from Australia. 2022 49(1):8-11.
20) Chu ECP, Lam NPP. Post Poliomyelitis Syndrome. Int Med Case Rep. J. 2019, 12: 261-264.
21) Chu ECP, Bellin D. Remission of myasthenia gravis after cervical adjustment. AME Case Rep. 2019;3:9.
22) Chu ECP, Chan AKC, Lin AFC. Pitting edema in a polio survivor with lumbar radiculopathy complicated disc herniation. J Family Med Prim care. May 2019;8(5):1765-1768.
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