Updated: Mar 19, 2020
During this challenging time it is important that we all do our part to play a role in preventing the spread of the the COVID-19 virus and improving the health of our community.
The Washington State Department of Health considers chiropractic an essential healthcare service. Doctors of chiropractic are portal of entry health care providers and have the ability to provide differential diagnosis and either treat the patient or make a referral to the appropriate specialist.
Chiropractors are an essential and necessary part of the health care team for millions of patients of all ages around the world. As primary, portal of entry doctors, chiropractors are licensed and trained to provide all three levels of health promotion and health care prevention interventions including:
1) Primary prevention health care that prevents the onset of illness or injury before problems begin.
2) Secondary prevention health care that leads to early evaluation and prompt management of disease, illness or injury to prevent more severe problems developing.
3) Tertiary prevention health care aimed at recovery following illness. With our hospitals and medical facilities being potentially overwhelmed during this crisis, chiropractic care can ease the burden. With low back pain alone (not including neck pain, headaches, etc.) there is a great burden upon our healthcare system. Low back pain is the second most common symptom-related reason people seek care from a primary care physician. (1)
People that are at present dealing with severe low back pain, neck pain, or headaches, are not able to see their primary care providers and are also being told NOT go to the hospital emergency room. This is where the expertise of a Chiropractor is essential.
It is important that chiropractors continue our work evaluating the patients that come to us, making the appropriate referrals, treating those conditions that are within our scope, and providing essential patient education about immunity, prevention, nutrition, and self-care that is not being made available elsewhere.
Below is a list of steps that we have taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to promote the health and well-being of our patients.
1. We are disinfecting all tables, chairs, and counter tops multiple times per day. We are disinfecting the treatment table and treatment tools in between patient visits. 2. Dr. Sweeney is disinfecting and washing her hands in between patient visits. 3. We ask that you avoid conversing with Dr. Sweeney other than what is necessary for your appointment.
4. If you are feeling ill, please call us and we can get you rescheduled.
Please know that we are following the guidelines posted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and we will abide by any new rules and regulations if and when they are put in place. We will remain open until we are instructed to do otherwise. Please join us in taking all the necessary precautions to keep our community safe and healthy.
If you have any questions or wish to book an appointment, don't hesitate to reach out.
(1). Deyo RA, Weinstein JN. Low back pain. N Engl J Med 2001;344:363–70.