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How to Get the Most Out of Allied Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Allied Health, Chiropractor, Physical TherapistPatients often assume that there are no risks associated with seeing an allied health professional, such as a dental hygienist or physical therapist. Before seeing one of these professionals however, you should realize that the assumption that there are no risks involved is demonstrably false.

While allied healthcare providers are just as competent as doctors, you should realize that some of the services they offer involve hazards just like any other form of medicine. For instance, many allied health professionals work with the back and neck, which are crucial regions of the body that are susceptible to injury.

However, you need to be careful not to assume that all allied health professionals perform risky operations. Many, such as speech therapists, provide services that are devoid of any risk. So what can you do to ensure that you don't encounter any trouble with your allied health professional?

Here are a few precautions that you can take to ensure that a visit to your allied health professional is productive and maximally beneficial.

  1. Consult with your doctor. It could be that there is a straightforward solution to whatever ailment you are suffering from. If you are suffering from back pain, it could be corrected with medication or surgery. However, if your doctor thinks that an allied healthcare provider is the best course of action, they may be able to refer you to someone in your area.

  2. Find reviews for allied health practitioners who treat the neck and back. It's always a good idea to check reviews on chiropractors and massage therapists, since these can be particularly risky areas of allied health. It may sound strange, but the reality is that the procedures done in these fields can lead to serious injury such as arterial dissection or disc herniation if performed improperly. Reviews will help you determine whether that person is worth visiting.

  3. Make sure the allied health practitioner has all the right credentials. You should make sure that the practitioner has all the proper licenses and certifications before going in. Allied health professionals should be held to the same standards as medical doctors.

While there are risks involved in seeing any healthcare provider, it's important to remember that the vast majority of them are legitimate providers of quality care. As with any professional that you consult with however, you should ensure that they do in fact provide effective services.

To learn more about these and related topics, visit the Allied Health section of our blog.  To hire your next talented Allied Health provider, please contact us.


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