Beware of spinal scan scam. Years ago snake oil salesmen would travel to town selling their elixirs and potions, preying on people’s misfortune. Today unfortunately it is the spinal scan scam, these are marketing tools used by Chiropractors to get people to come to the office. I myself purchased one last year for use in my office, a surface EMG. Its sits collecting dust as I write this blog now. I found that it was totally unreliable; it never gives useful results on patients. I was disappointed to say the least.
As you read the marketing material for these machines they are intended to boost your patient volume and maximize your income. The tests reveal red and green lines drawn on flashy big screens. An elaborate print out is given to the person with information on why they must seek care immediately.
Do these test really give you any reliable information though? Insurance companies and neurologists, for the most part, like me believe they do not. The test is not covered by any insurance company. So I asked myself, is it the machine, or is it the way it is used?
The most common use is at a marketing event, lawn and garden show, etc. Another is to go to a small office or business and test all the employees. The problem with this testing is that everyone tested has a bad back. They all need immediate care to restore their health, red flags and lines are raised. How can this be? Does every person have a horrible back that requires immediate attention?
The answer is no. I love being a Chiropractor; I enjoy helping people with their spinal problems. The fact is, if you are not in pain you probably don’t need to be in a Chiropractic office. If you do have a back problem you most likely can benefit from being in a Chiropractic office.
If you back doesn’t bother you this is awesome. Eat right, exercise and stay healthy. A Chiropractor will be there when you need one.
If your back does hurt find an URAC board certified Chiropractor with at least ten years’ experience. Talk to your friends, family, or your medical doctor. This is the best way to find a great Chiropractor.