Primary Spine Care

 
WHAT IS PRIMARY SPINE CARE?
 
You will notice in reviewing the site, Dr. Erickson’s treatment approach falls under a category of chiropractic called STRUCTURAL CORRECTION which is different than conventional methods of chiropractic that most chiropractors utilize.
 
In addition to structural corrective care, you will see below that Dr. Erickson has extensive post-graduate training having completed a 2-year Fellowship in Spinal Biomechanics and Trauma* along with becoming Trauma Qualified, Primary Spine Care Qualified and Interprofessional Hospital Qualified through the Academy of Chiropractic. 
 
What this essentially means is that Dr. Erickson has additional post-graduate training enabling him to have a focus in practice in non-surgical PRIMARY SPINE CARE. The extensive post-graduate training has provided him with additional knowledge to better diagnose and manage a wider variety of spinal issues.  In addition, Dr. Erickson has extensive graduate and post-graduate training with extraspinal issues (TMJ, shoulders, elbows, wrists/hands, hips, knees and ankles/feet).  In total, Dr. Erickson has over 20 years of clinical experience in spine and extremity care and through his training, he is able to manage a variety of complex spine and extremity issues.

While attending Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Erickson had extensive extraspinal training outside the primary curriculum through Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Sports Injury Club.  Subsequent to this the training, he underwent rigorous testing and became an intern the Sports Injury Club where he helped to teach fellow chiropractic students as well as seasoned Doctors of Chiropractic in diagnosing, managing and treating extremity related issues.  In addition, Dr. Erickson further enhanced his training in extremity care when he completed an observational clinical and orthopedic surgical rotation as part of his fellowship program in Spinal Biomechanics and Trauma.   As such, while his primary focus is PRIMARY SPINE CARE, Dr. Erickson has an additional area of focus in the non-surgical diagnosis, management and treatment of extremity related issues.

You may be thinking, what is PRIMARY SPINE CARE?  The simple answer is to think of PRIMARY SPINE CARE like Primary Care except for the spine. A Primary Care Physician (PCP) is a physician who typically provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of a variety of medical conditions. However, a PCP’s focus is typically not in the care of the spine. That is not to say a PCP does not see patients with spinal issues, as many patients with a spine issue go to their PCP first.
 
However, many PCP’s are extremely busy providing services for non-spine related issues. This is where a Doctor of Chiropractic having extensive post-graduate training in Primary Spine Care can step in and unburden the very busy PCP, helping in the diagnosis and management of patients with spine related issues.
 
As a Doctor of Chiropractic who focuses on PRIMARY SPINE CARE, Dr. Erickson coordinates with your PCP, as well as coordinates with pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. In addition, Dr. Erickson can also coordinate with other health care providers like a nurse practitioner, physical therapist or massage therapist.
 
In other words, beyond providing structural corrective care, Dr. Erickson practice focus is in PRIMARY SPINE CARE.  As such, he is not just a Doctor where you go get your spine aligned, he is also a Doctor to go to have your spine examined, to have additional diagnostic tests ordered (X-rays, MRI, CT, Bone Scan, Nerve Testing and Spine Engineering Studies) when necessary, as well as a Doctor who coordinates care with other providers that may be needed beyond the treatment methods he provides.
 
A Doctor of Chiropractic who focuses on PRIMARY SPINE CARE also plays a role in helping patients recover from their spinal issues without drugs and surgery. On the back of the current opioid epidemic, there is a great need in the public for patients to have a provider who can help diagnose and manage their spine related issues and coordinate care as indicated and this is where Dr. Erickson plays a key role in the health care delivery system.

You can learn more about the extensive post-graduate training Dr. Erickson has completed to focus his practice in PRIMARY SPINE CARE by clicking on the link ABOUT DR. ERICKSON.

[*The Fellowship in Spinal Biomechanics and Trauma is recognized by Cleveland University and the courses are recognized by the State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. This specialty recognition identified herein has been received from a private organization not affiliated with or recognized by the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine.]

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