In private practice, one of the most important things that you need to do is to pay attention.
For many years, we’ve known that patients who are going to develop chronic pain are those who do not manage acute pain and injuries well.
As you know, there’s a tendency towards drug-only therapy early on, especially from the consumer’s perspective and heavy OTC drugs.
Be sure you fully understand the health risks here. The most important including liver failure from acetaminophen in all its forms and combinations that consumers frequently combine, as well as renal failure from NSAIDs.
It’s also critical to understand pain is complex phenomenon with emotional and psychological components as well as the very real physiologic changes to injury or illness.
From a clinical perspective, one of the most important things that you or I need to do is to pay attention. And pay attention early on.
As one of my professors once told me, the most important thing we need to understand is if we listen carefully, the patient oftentimes tell us exactly what is wrong with them!
There is no substitute for a professional and smooth running staff, which puts patients at ease and facilitates the history-taking process.
Don’t underestimate how mastering these simple practice efficiency tools can also help you build an enormous private practice!
But if you really want to help your community, understand what a large segment of the population clearly is not well-versed, and certainly not trained in practical as well as modern clinical pain control technology.
There’s enough information here for you to grow an enormous practice.
But this will only happen if you have all the business, clinical, and marketing systems, tools, and inroads you will find essential to private practice moving forward.
The rest is up to you.
We’re here to help, but only if you reach out!
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