This is the article I used for my annotated bibliography, "4 Reasons Why Physiotherapy Is Better than Chiropractic." GuideDoc. N.p., 24 Feb. 2016. Web. 2 Feb. 2017. The article summarizes the benefits of being a Physiotherapist or a Chiropractor. It informs the reader of different treatments used by each one and also provides information based on knowledge learned in schooling. For example, “Therapists who practice physiotherapy have been trained to recognize a variety of conditions and injuries, and this knowledge helps them treat injuries or weaknesses that you might not have known existed”(GuideDoc). This article helped me to realize that although the two occupations learn the same things, the occupations perform very different treatments and manipulations. For example, “Therapists who practice physiotherapy are trained to do many of the same things chiropractic therapists can do, including manipulating the spine and releasing painfully tight muscles” , however how they perform these manipulations and treatments is very different. My article includes a .com address, however I asked a physical therapists to read over the article and she clarified that everything the article stated had truth to it. This source was very helpful for my research, it gives me a clear answer on some of the interview questions I asked my mentor, which allows for a second opinion for my project.
I found a couple of different articles that I could have used but this particular article answered my question perfectly. The article I used was; "A Comparison of Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Manipulation, and Provision of an Educational Booklet for the Treatment of Patients with Low Back Pain — NEJM." New England Journal of Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.At first the article discusses back pain, just generalizing the pain people feel. This is a very common area that people want treatment for and both physical therapists and chiropractors perform treatments to help treat back pain. Then the article moves on to discuss study sites, treatments, randomization, and different subjects. Next, the article then goes to compare physical therapy and chiropractic care. They work to fic the same things but how they go about treating patients is very different. Treatments differ, patient care differs, anything you can imagine differs between the two occupations. The article then even talks about the overall outcomes for both physical therapy and chiropractic care and the cost of the PT or chiropractic care. A potential quote or sentence that spoke to me was “ The assessment of short-term outcome focused on the effects of the assigned treatment on symptoms, the level of function, and the level of disability; the assessment of long-term outcomes focused on recurrences of low back pain and the use of back-related health care.” This quote spoke to me because any patient can come into the clinic and have short and long-term goals. They can be the same or they can be different, everyone has different goals and it amazes to me to be able to see first hand a lot of those goals become reality for those patients. This source is credible because it was just recently published so therefore, the evidence and statistical data used is up-to-date. Also, The New England Journal of Medicine is a very popular journal organization. It is widely viewed by a variety of people. The website has many links and they actually worked, I even tested some myself.I will be able to use this article for my project because it compares and contrasts physical therapy and chiropractic care. It gives great advantages and disadvantages to both sides of each occupation and this will help move my project along.
The article I researched was all regarding to physical therapy. It included types of treatment used by physical therapists, education needed to become a physical therapist, and also discusses the history of physical therapy. The article allows me to add more facts that I haven't been able to learn or see in the physical therapy office I work in currently. The article was very helpful by talking about treatments we do not use in our clinic. So I am now able to research those treatments and also be able to discuss the treatments we use in the clinic. It is very critical that I research the treatments that were discussed such as electrical testing, in our clinic, we do not use electrical testing. So to discuss that topic in my project, I will have to learn about it first. It is helpful from the article because it allows me to learn in other ways rather than in just my mentorship. It is exciting to read about the treatments our clinic uses because I know what they are talking about and I am able to relate to the discussion. The article was very helpful and very informing of things I didn’t already know. I can now discuss some of these things with the physical therapists that work in our clinic and see what their view on those treatments are and why they don’t use them. “Physical Therapy.” Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia (2016): 1p. 1. Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. Web. 2 Nov. 2016.