Dr. Smith is an NP and a chiropractor, our primary care patients have access to both primary care and physical medicine and pain management.
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are licensed, autonomous clinicians focused on managing people’s health conditions and preventing disease. As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), NPs often specialize by patient population, including pediatric, adult-gerontology and women’s health. NPs may also sub-specialize in areas such as physical medicine, dermatology, cardiovascular health, and oncology. According to the consensus model, “all APRNs are educationally prepared to provide a scope of services across the health wellness-illness continuum to at least one population focus as defined by nationally recognized role and population-focused competencies.”
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Quality of NP Practice article summarizes evidence that patients under NPs have higher satisfaction, fewer unnecessary ER visits, fewer hospital readmission, and fewer preventable hospitalizations compared to patients under the care of primary care physicians.
As most people know a chiropractor is a health care professional focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through adjustment or manipulation of the spine.
Chiropractors seek to reduce pain and improve function using many therapies to treat back pain.