Position Papers (click to view)
Guidelines (click to view)
I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Farabaugh for his development of the above position papers and for his hard work and dedication to the profession.
Dr. Brad Shook, DAAMLP, CSCS
Dr. Shook’s training in triaging, diagnosing and treating spinal injuries is extensive, and you can view his full musculoskeletal and trauma related curriculum vitae online through this link. You can also view Dr. Shook's CV below.
Dr. Shook on the importance of formal post graduate training:
"Regular continuing education is required of every doctor to maintain their license, but with the rapid advancement of technology and science, you have to choose your area of study or you can easily get left behind. My main area of study are trauma related injuries, and I have been completing close to 20 continuing education classes per year in that area, and only two or three are required to maintain your license. I believe that patients should review their doctors' credentials and training so that they get a better idea of who is caring for them. I always provide my patients with a copy of my most recent CV and make it available to patients, attorneys and other physicians online, so that they know I am serious about being clinically excellent, and giving the best care possible. It is important to always be learning, and as doctors we have a duty to our patients and community to always work to improve the care we deliver."
Dr. Shook on his approach to treating patients:
"It's my goal give the very best care possible, and to do that, I continually train and study the newest technology and science. Generally, when a patient is accepted for care, initial treatment is scheduled for two weeks (obviously case-dependent). At that point we re-evaluate and determine the success or failure of treatment. If the patient is not progressing as well as expected, we either switch treatment approaches and treat for another two weeks, or refer the patient for further diagnostic tests or to another physician for evaluation.
If the patient has progress after two weeks, we schedule them for another two weeks, then re-evaluate again. Eventually the patient either recovers and is released/discharged from care, or withdrawn from care to evaluate the stability of their residual condition."
Most patients enter our office, are treated and released. If you are struggling with a difficult case, or you feel that spinal manipulation would be a favored treatment option for your patient, you may want to consider a referral to Hickory Spine.
Spinal manipulation works best for low back pain, leg pain, herniated discs, arthritis, mechanical back pain, SI joint dysfunction, neck and arm pain, acceleration/deceleration injury, and headaches.
If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Shook at (828) 324-0800.