As a chiropractor I proclaim to treat the cause of the problem versus the symptoms caused by it. Sometimes I feel we chiropractors come off the wrong way when we explain this model. To help explain it I’m going to try and to do so within the allopathic paradigm.
When a patient presents in an MD or DCs office after having contracted Lyme disease, after a bullseye rash (which doesn’t always show) they often present with all sorts of varying signs and symptoms. Anyone who has had lyme disease will attest that it may have been a long time before their true problem was discovered.
Without the bullseye rash or the other more obvious signs and symptoms lyme disease can be very difficult to figure out. Many will take anti-inflammatories, pain killers, muscle relaxants and I’m sure many other medications on a trial basis to try and remedy the problem. A chiropractor concentrating on reducing the patients symptoms may be adjusting frequently without the desired effect (less pain). The problem with these approaches, is that they don’t address the real problem, but instead concentrate on individual parts of the big picture. As a society we’ve become conditioned to see things broken down into as many parts as possible. In many cases this is one of the best ways to explain something. In health care, it isn’t usually such a great idea.
When the true problem is finally discovered, antibiotics are delivered to the patient and (hopefully) they are cured. Barring any permanent damage to joints or other structures, the patient will recover and experience full health once again.
So when we look at the conclusion, what was it that happened? The cause of the problem was dealt with. All the symptom management in the world wouldn’t help that patient. It MAY help the problem progress slightly more comfortably though, which in itself is probably a very bad thing. Be diligent, doctors, and look to treat the cause.