The CAA’s Review, and Our Responsibility to the Community
In light of the research over the last few years, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA) released a review, to shape the best response that Australian chiropractors can express to solve the issues of lower back pain and opioid inefficiency.
We would like to summarize some of the responsibilities and guidelines listed by the CAA, and state our agreement with the responsibilities that the CAA believes and holds for the communities around us.
Above all else, it is the professional chiropractor’s responsibility to ensure that patients receive the best treatment for their pain, whether this involves manual therapy or not. The professional chiropractor will not make recommendations outside its competency, and that the desired outcome for every patient is to maximize their relief.
Exercising Chiropractic to Its Strengths and Limitations
We are committed to educating and informing our community about spinal health and the benefits of chiropractic, with no intention to mislead or misdirect them from possibly better solutions. The professional chiropractor will never “overstate chiropractic’s role”, and emphasize the multi-faceted nature of musculoskeletal problems.
Relay the Potential Dangers of Opioids
It is not the intention of the professional chiropractor to scare patients away from using medicines or to provide advice on prescription medicines (this is the responsibility between the patient and the prescriber). It is our intention to inform the patient what we know, the research and science proving the dangers of opioids and their misuse, and the possibility of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical alternatives to opioids.