Patricia Tavares, BSc, DC, FCCOS(C)
Objective: This study aims to gather information on conditions seen, treatments rendered, and referrals made during a Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College outreach to the Dominican Republic serving those in need.
Methods: Data was extracted from templated patient files retrospectively.
Results: Spinal, extremity and other/whole body chief complaints accounted for 71.79%, 24.64% and 3.57% respectively in patients ranging in age from 1.5 to 106 years whose data was collected. Mechanical pain accounted for 95.07% of all cervical, 96.81% of thoracic and 91.27% of lumbar spine diagnoses. Various nonmechanical conditions were also encountered.
Manual therapy was performed in 96.10% of cases. Twenty referrals were made to urgent care, six to a World Spine Care clinic and 46 for further investigation, including local medical doctors or surgery.
Conclusion: This study reports empirical data collected from an 11-day outreach to the Dominican Republic that provided otherwise unattainable chiropractic care for musculoskeletal complaints.