Boundaries

We’ve all seen those idealistic situations where the patient falls in love with the doctor and they live happily ever after, right? Wrong. No matter what the media may project in the movies, the big take away point that we want to give you today is: chiropractors cannot date their patients. N to the O, […]

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As a chiropractor, you manage many employees on a daily basis. You oftentimes spend more time with your employees than you even do your family. It’s simply the nature of the business.  You may even become attracted to a few of your employees, but before you decide to act on your emotions, our team at […]

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In many cases, it is permissible to treat both family and employees. However, you must maintain accurate and thorough chiropractic treatment notes for these patients, just as you would for any other patient. You are not permitted to treat “off the books”. The obvious reason for this is they, for any reason, elect to file […]

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In order to understand what the issue is in dating chiropractic patients, its’ important to understand the reason why you have chiropractic boundary rules that preclude you from dating a chiropractic patient is because there is a huge power differential between the chiropractor and the patient. In essence, as a chiropractor, you can tell someone to […]

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Most states provide that a chiropractor does have to report violations to the chiropractic board if you see that violation occur with someone also subject to that license. In other words, if you see another chiropractor violate a rule or law, you are supposed to report them. This is generally speaking for most states and may not […]

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Most chiropractic clinics provide free chiropractic treatments to their staff. But, I’ve recommended hundreds of times that you just don’t do it. Too many times, I’ve had to defend chiropractic clinics from sexual harassment lawsuits because they’ve treated staff members. Too often, the chiropractic boundary between the chiropractor and staff member get broken down and things […]

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No. Never treat a boyfriend or girlfriend. As soon as you start providing chiropractic treatment, whether it is at home or in the clinic, you’ve now boundary crossed and you’re subject to discipline by your state’s chiropractic board. If you have a staff member or chiropractic associate that can treat them, that’s fine. You shouldn’t be involved […]

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The quick answer is, “Never date a chiropractic patient.” Of course, the practicality and reality is that there are a countless number of chiropractors that feel compelled to date one of their patients. There is a concept called “descent interval”.  Descent Interval (also known as the “cooling off period”) is the period of time from when […]

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After you’ve completed your chiropractic boundary crossing investigation, following a complaint from a patient that the chiropractor or staff member touched them inappropriately, and you conclude that in fact the chiropractor or staff member did touch them inappropriately, you need to talk to the patient and get their authorization to contact the police. As a chiropractor, […]

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If a chiropractic patient contacts your chiropractic clinic, complaining that a staff member touched them inappropriately, you need to assure the patient that you will thoroughly investigate and get to the bottom of the matter. Thank them for contacting you with their concerns. Then, you need to conduct an investigation. You should document in writing […]

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