Orthopedic doctors treat joint and spine disorders. Orthopedics is defined as the branch of medicine dealing with the correction of problems of bones or muscles. Chiropractic Orthopedists are doctors who have training in the specialty of Orthopedics. This training spans several years beyond the four year course leading to the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic. These doctors treat conditins of the spine and other joints of the body.
After passing specialized exams the doctor can attain national certification as a Diplomate of The American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists.
The training to become a Chiropractic Orthopedist includes examination, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions affecting bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and their related nerve structures. Shoulder, knee, spine and other joints are within the scope of training for these doctors.
These doctors utilize all the tools necessary to find and treat a condition. These tools are physical exam and x-ray and laboratory procedures. The goal in patient care is to find the source of the condition and eliminate the problem in a timely manner.
Also, these doctors utilize physical therapy, nutrition, joint supports such as back braces. They use exercise and home therapy regimens for patient care. If needed, the patient is refered to specialists in other health care fields, including surgery.
These doctors limit their practice to nerve, muscle and joint disorders. They remain abreast of the latest research and developments in this field through continuing education.
Chiropractic Orthopedists have been awarded Diplomate certification as Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO) or Diplomate, American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DABCO). The Academy is independent from all chiropractic political organizations. No other chiropractic organization membership is necessary for membership in the Academy.
The doctors are used by the general practitioner for consultation and treatment of difficult cases. They are used by the legal and insurance professions for evaluation and treatment of patients. They are also used by the courts for the giving of expert testimony. Patients who suffer from conditions which have not responded favorably to previous treatment may seek a doctor with specialized training in conservative methods. That doctor is the Chiropractic Orthopedist. Dr. Hayes received his Diplomate in Orthopedics in 1990.