“An increasing number of musculoskeletal problems have developed due to the demands of working from home over the past couple of years. A lot of time, money and resources are spent on making sure people have the right chairs to sit on, that they have ergonomic equipment, that they have access to education: a lot of things changed during the pandemic and, at the same time, there was reduced access to other care options.
According to some recent court cases, injuries sustained while working from home mean a worker should be eligible for benefit coverage. As musculoskeletal experts, chiropractors can help, says Brereton.
“They are experts in the field of diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of conditions that affect the muscles, bones, then the spine and the associated nervous system. The problem of disability related to musculoskeletal problems – which is now recognized as a global problem and a leading cause of disability around the world – is one that chiropractors are specifically trained to address,” she says. “Chiropractors work very frequently on a daily basis with patients suffering from chronic pain and disabilities related to musculoskeletal injuries. There are a variety of treatment and support options available to chiropractors.”
The major benefits of chiropractic treatment begin when the initial diagnosis is made, but that doesn’t always happen, Brereton says, which comes at the expense of the patient.
“What we know about musculoskeletal problems and related disabilities is that patients are frequently misdiagnosed and end up in emergency departments with no or poor diagnosis, and are often described as painkillers to deal with them until they can be referred to someone who can do a full and comprehensive assessment,” she says.