I'm comfortably sitting in an Air BnB in beautiful Lake Placid with my wonderful wife on this gorgeous, serene snowy morning. A slice of heaven.
As enjoyable as it is, I can't leave it all behind. So, while looking at email yesterday and today, I tend to keep updated on the ACA blog site. They send me emails daily, most likely due to the fact that I am a member.
Yesterday, someone challenged everyone to vote for the "best" chiropractor. Not the one making the most money, not a public speaker or most popular, but the one who gets people better the quickest. And this morning the first vote came in. From Dr. Simone of Florida. Interestingly enough, he voted for himself. Which I liked because he did it with certainty. He really likes himself and his numbers and may actually be the "best" chiropractor. At least according to the criteria of the challenge.
Who gets someone better for the least amount of money? Who discharges the quickest? And, who shows they care in the midst of it all? Well, at 3.7 visits, charging for nothing else and giving exercises and cell phone number, I would say it's easily Dr. Simone. Dr. Simone proudly states that these are the criteria of an evidence based practice.
My only question is, is this the criteria that will ultimately fix the musculoskeletal crisis? I think not. Imagine the cancer industry using the quickest, cheapest and friendliest as the criteria for who's the best cancer doc. Comical.
Congrats to Dr. Simone, but his operating system is thoroughly inadequate to fix this crisis. We need advanced technology, better trained chiropractors and an understanding that people need to do a whole lot more musculoskeletally in their lifetimes if joint replacement surgeries, opioid deaths and a reduced quality of life are to be improved. There's a lot of work ahead, and I'll concede this trophy to Dr. Simone, but I don't want him leading our profession into the future. Have a great day.