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In is known to Chiropractors that the nerve system controls every organ, muscle, and gland in the body. What we also know the broad effect on motion of the spine and higher brain functions. Almost 80% of Americans take time off of work for low back or neck pain costing the US about $11Billions annually. Basically there are many people who are subluxated. With the lack of education that MD's have in the musculoskeletal system, it is no wonder why they have a hard time understanding when to refer to chiropractors. They have very little education in the Musculoskeletal system, as well as nutrition.
Adequacy of Education in Musculoskeletal Medicine
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (Am)February 2005;87:310-314Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, Major Eric L. Smith, MD, Captain David Freccero, MD andAllen B. Richardson, MD
Key Points from this research:
1)Basic musculoskeletal knowledge is essential to the practice of medicine.
2)Musculoskeletal symptoms are also the most common reason for visits to doctors.
3)Musculoskeletal problems are second only to upper respiratory illness as reasons why people seek medical attention in the emergency department.
4)This study represents the third time this examination on basic musculoskeletal medicine has been given to medical students, residents, andphysicians, and the results being published. The first two times, the flunk rate was 82%. This study showed that 79% flunked the basic musculoskeletal examination.
5)These studies show that training in musculoskeletal medicine is inadequate inboth medical school and residency training programs.
6)The musculoskeletal question missed most often, answered correctly by as few as 10%, pertained to the low back.
7)In 1990, there were fifteen million office visits because of mechanical low-back pain, making it the fifth most common reason for all physician office visits.
8)The deficiency of musculoskeletal medical knowledge may be due to the lack of exposure to basic anatomy and to musculoskeletal medicine as a whole.
9) The average score on the eight basic anatomy questions on the examination was 49%, yet anatomy is one of the core courses of medical education.
10)Less than 3% of all curricular hours in the typical Canadian medical school are devoted to musculoskeletal education.
11)Only 25 (20.5%) of 122 medical schools in the United States required aformal musculoskeletal clerkship (averaging 2.4 weeks) in the clinical years.[INCREDIBLE!]
12)Half of the American medical schools do not require any formal clinical orbasic musculoskeletal course prior to graduation.
13)The majority who took this examination were not comfortable with performing a musculoskeletal examination and claimed that their training in the area had been inadequate or nonexistent.