Chiropractic care and physical therapy are vital to addressing some of the chronic pain conditions that affect the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. The main difference between the two, however, is the extent and focus the treatment is administered.
Chiropractic care relies on adjustments to achieve specific results on affected joints and tissues. This is achieved manually or with a range of specialized chiropractic adjustment tools. Physical therapy, on the other hand, is complementary care achieved through body movements. But one thing that is common today, in both fields of care, is that patient evaluation is almost exclusively being done using evaluation tools and software that yields more reliable data and diagnosis.
The success of any treatment largely depends on the initial evaluation. Accurate diagnoses allow the selection of better treatment methods. If you are an independent chiropractor or physical therapist, who is looking to improve their services, then you might want to consider investing in a computerized range of motion testing equipment.
Types of Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Assessment Tools Used in Patient Evaluation
- Chiropractic Tables are different to those you would find in physical therapy and diagnosis sessions. They are adjustable and designed to allow multiple sleeping positions for patients during evaluation. And also easily perform a number of movements during physical evaluations.
- Muscle Strength Testing Equipment are used to perform diagnosis on a patient’s muscle strength and functionality. The device is also able to effectively track treatment progress using additional components such as an algometer, which is a functional assessment tool used to quantify muscle tissue tenderness.
- Activator Adjusting Equipment such as the activator spinal adjustment device is particularly vital for spinal vertebra manipulation, which is can be a sensitive procedure. These tools are used to diagnose and treat different body pains from mild headaches and migraines to chronic neck and back pains.
- Inclinometers are functional assessment tools used for range of motion testing (ROM) of a patient’s movements. These tools also measure posture, wrist flexion, and extension positions of the hand.
Apart from investing in a computerized range of motion testing equipment, there are other things you can do as an independent chiropractor or physical therapist to expand grow your business further.
Liaise with Other Health Care Service Providers
The best way to grow is to work with other interested parties within and without your industry. Because of the fact that chiropractic care is limited as to the range of treatment it can offer, it’s important to include other service providers under one firm. This is to allow more integrate functions to seamlessly take place across a variety of services that you provide. Create a good business plan and invite investors to form a single entity.
What are the services you aim to offer?
This is part of the business plan and importantly when choosing investors. The kind of services you offer will define your business and determine the type of instruments to invest in. We’ve talked about chiropractic adjusting tools for spinal manipulation, the computerized range of motion testing equipment, but there are other alternative pain management tools you can use. Add more physical therapy tools and systems like traditional reflexology, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Find a Strategic Space
Location and space can impact how your business is perceived by potential customers. So, if you are looking to expand then space and more space are of importance to host all the additional services providers.
Growing your business by offering new services is a strategic way to stay relevant in an overly competitive market. All you need is to assure your customers’ convenience and the ability to offer a range of care under one roof.