Physiotherapist Mitcham, who specialises in treating pain in the neck, has seen his business collapse, and his customers have gone.
A couple of weeks ago, he had a client with chronic pain in his neck.
He had a physical exam.
It was found to be normal.
The doctor told Mitcham that the pain was probably normal and he should not be concerned.
But the pain never went away.
Mitcham says he is losing money.
So is he prepared to risk losing his business?
He’s not, he says.
“I’m just a bit worried about it,” he says, “but I’m not going to risk it.”
Michele Seneviratne, the director of the Health Care Practitioners Association of Australia, says there is a disconnect between what chiropractors tell patients and what patients actually do.
There’s a real lack of transparency about what chiropractor are doing in their practice, Senevatne says.
“There is a lack of trust in the profession.”
The issue of the chiropractic practice being misused in Australia has been brought to the forefront this year with a lawsuit by the families of three patients who died after chiropractically treating neck pain in Australia.
A lawyer representing a woman who died said chiropractics were “trying to take control” of the health care system.
In February, the Federal Government announced a plan to reform the way chiropractists practise.
That included introducing a mandatory register of chiropracturers and requiring all chiropractor-registered health care providers to register and provide patient safety information.
While it’s a move that many chiropracts are supportive of, it has been met with opposition by the profession.
One of the biggest criticisms is that chiropractical care can be “torture” in Australia, especially for women.
Many of the deaths were related to neck pain.
Chiropractors have been accused of torturing their patients, including the elderly, the physically handicapped and the mentally ill.
They have also been accused by the government of providing unnecessary services to patients, and have been charged with serious crimes.
More than $1.8 billion was spent on chiropractorship in Australia last year.
This has left chiropractive practitioners vulnerable, Sineviratone says.
“Chiractic is a profession that’s been hijacked by the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry and the health insurance industry.
“In the end, it’s really hard to put into words what chiropodists are going through every day.” “
“The fact that they are being exploited and that people are being harmed is just so upsetting,” she says.”
In the end, it’s really hard to put into words what chiropodists are going through every day.”
“The fact that they are being exploited and that people are being harmed is just so upsetting,” she says.
Topics:health-policy,health,chirurgie-2350,vic,australiaFirst posted March 09, 2019 13:53:36Contact Michelle MartinMore stories from Victoria