Life-Threatening Conditions That Walk:
A Clinician’s Review
SOURCE: J Amer Chiropr Assoc 2013 (Sept); 50 (5): 8-17
David J. Schimp, DC, DACNB, DAAPM
Clinician and Associate Professor
Texas Chiropractic College
Dr. Schimp describes the six most common undiagnosed life-threatening conditions encountered by chiropractors.
Chiropractors are hybrid physicians with a broad skill set. DCs need the diagnostic acumen of orthopedists and neurologists, a fine manual therapist’s hands, a psychologist’s insights, and the capacity to instantly respond to the unexpected. As front-line health care professionals, we may find ourselves serving as ER physicians. When a previously undiagnosed life- threatening condition shows up, we must recognize the problem and triage the patient appropriately. This article will review the six most common undiagnosed life-threatening conditions encountered by chiropractors.
Keywords: cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysm, deep-vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, venous thromboembolism, stroke, cerebrovascular accident, subdural hematoma, myocardial infarction, red flag assessment, life- threatening conditions, chiropractor, chiropractic physician
Daniel, et al., have identified the six most common life-threatening conditions that a chiropractic physician is likely to encounter in clinical practice.  The goal of this article is to translate the current evidence-based knowledge of these conditions intoa quick-scan diagnostic and management reference for cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysm, venous thromboembolism, stroke, myocardial infarction, and subdural hematoma.