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Why you NEED me on your healthcare team

Muscle, nerve, and joint conditions, including low back pain, pose significant disability challenges, prompting the need to integrate specialized non-physician providers like chiropractors to ensure timely access to quality care amid projected physician shortages.

March 25, 2024
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How I Can Help

Muscle, nerve, and joint conditions are the leading cause of disability in Canada, with low back pain being the number one cause of disability worldwide1,2.

The Canadian Medical Association (2022) predicts a major shortfall of more than 23,000 family physicians by 2025, an important consideration given that about 40% of family doctor visits are for muscle, nerve, and joint conditions3.

Furthermore, research has shown that muscle, nerve, and joint training has been identified as being inadequate in undergraduate medical education around the world, with only 2% of US medical school curriculum being devoted to muscle, nerve, and joint diseases4,5. Despite this recognized issue, little work has been done to reform Canadian medical school’s muscle, nerve, and joint education and training4.

One strategy to address the current health workforce shortages in Canada and ensure Canadians receive appropriate and timely access to the care they need with the appropriate healthcare provider, is to maximize the areas of expertise and roles of non-physician health providers with specialized muscle, nerve, and joint training, such as chiropractors.

With a practice focus on the evidence-based management of low back pain, I complete a thorough and detailed assessment of everyone that comes to my clinic to create an individualized treatment plan that will help them better understand and manage their low back pain. Taking into consideration the research guidelines, each patient’s treatment preferences, as well as my professional experience treating hundreds of patients with low back pain across the country, I create a tailored treatment plan that includes a variety of modalities, including but not limited to, spinal manipulation therapy (adjustments), soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, exercise rehabilitation, education & advice, as well as self-management strategies (because as much as I love seeing you in the clinic, I love it even more when you’re better and can manage your pain without me 😉 ).

We know that primary care in Canada is overburdened, and a new approach is needed to ensure access to and quality of care for Canadians. A significant part of a family doctor’s clinical day is managing patients’ muscle, nerve, and joint conditions. By maximizing the education, knowledge, and training of chiropractors for the management of muscle, nerve, and joint conditions, Canadians will achieve timely access to the care they need for their condition.

Interested in learning more about why you need me on your healthcare team? Book your complimentary consultation online today!

And if you’re tired of your muscle, nerve, and joint pain dictating your life, book your initial assessment online today and let’s get you back on track!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed healthcare provider. Consultation with a licensed healthcare provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.


1 Liu S, Wang B, Fan S, Wang Y, Zhan Y, Ye D. Global burden of musculoskeletal disorders and attributable factors in 204 countries and territories: a secondary analysis of the Global Burden of Disease 2019 study. BMJ Open. 2022 Jun 29;12(6):e062183. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062183. PMID: 35768100; PMCID: PMC9244680.
2 Global Burden of Disease 2010 Report. Murray et al. Lancet 2012 Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) for 291 diseases and injuries ni 21 regions, 1990-2010.
3 Wu V, Goto K, Carek S, et al. Family Medicine Musculoskeletal Medicine Education: A CERA Study. Fam Med. 2022;54(5):369-375. https://doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2022.975755.
4 McNeill, K. (2021). Musculoskeletal Medicine in Undergraduate Medical Education. (Masters Thesis, McMaster University). http://hdl.handle.net/11375/28381
5 Wang T, Xiong G, Lu L, Bernstein J, Ladd A. Musculoskeletal Education in Medical Schools: a Survey in California and Review of Literature. Med Sci Educ. 2020 Oct 30;31(1):131-136. doi: 10.1007/s40670-020-01144-3. PMID: 34457873; PMCID: PMC8368391

Do you experience recurrent or persistent low back pain?

If so, you may be eligible for a research study (U of A Ethics ID: Pro0014015 / Version Date: March 26, 2024) only offered with select chiropractic clinics in Alberta – and Dr. Rebecca is one of them!
Interested in learning more? Book your complimentary consultation or initial assessment today to learn if you’re a good candidate! Don’t wait – recruitment for this project only runs from June-September 2024!