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More than meets the eye

In today’s world, more than ever, we need to be focused on getting value for our time, effort, and our dollar. Healthcare is not exempt from this guiding principle today. We invest our time and money, and we should get back in return at the very least what we expected and hopefully more.

Most of us, myself included, absolutely detest going to the doctor’s office. I prefer to go only after my wife has insisted enough that the pain of going to the doctor’s office is less than that of hearing her needle me one more time about going. I think most of us can relate to that.



My office provides Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examinations for the truck drivers that run the bigger trucks on our highways. I personally do not do these physicals. My best friend is also a chiropractor, and he performs them from my office. The thing about DOT physicals is the are required by law and that is a bigger incentive to have a visit with a doctor than a spouse constantly reminding you that you should make an appointment.



This month, we have been focusing on case studies across all our social media platforms. The above content has been provided to set up the following case study. A truck driver reported to my office a few weeks ago for his DOT physical. He failed the examination because my friend, the chiropractor, noticed an abnormality in the examination of this truck driver’s heart. The driver was told to go immediately to the hospital to be examined in the Emergency Room.



A few weeks later, this same driver showed up for a re-examination to secure his DOT driver’s permit. When he came through the door to the office, he explained that he was ever so grateful for being told to go to the Emergency Room. It turned out his heart was not in rhythm and needed to have an emergency procedure right away. He told us in the office that the doctors in the hospital said that if he had shown up when he did, he likely would have died! The truck driver credited my friend for saving his life! Even though I was not directly involved in this case study, there are some very interesting things to take note of.

· Government mandated physical exams of truck drivers save lives both on and off the highway.

· Chiropractors do more than just adjust vertebra to give you pain relief.

· Regular visits to your doctor provide more value than meets the eye and should be a regularly scheduled event in your life.

· Chiropractors can and do serve as excellent entry points into the health care system.



This was one of the most rewarding moments in my chiropractic career and I was not even directly involved. What was given was such a simple thing. A good thorough physical examination was given. The value was more than was expected. That is how it should be.

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