Students in Voorhees learn about a day in the life of a chiropractor
What would it be like to work for a chiropractor? When medical assistants start to think about applying for jobs, many apply for positions in hospitals or medical offices, but one area that many forget to consider is a chiropractor’s office. Like other medical specialty offices, chiropractors also need qualified medical assistants to help support their daily clinical and administrative needs.
What happens in a chiropractor’s office? Dr. Ron Federico of the Cillo Family Chiropractic of Blackwood, NJ, recently visited the Voorhees campus of the Harris School of Business to educate the students about the field of chiropractic.
Dr. Federico explained that chiropractic focuses on the musculoskeletal system and how it affects the patient’s general health. The main treatments involve manual therapy, in which the spine or certain joints are manipulated. Many patients come to the chiropractor specifically for back or neck pain, but chiropractic is also used to influence a patient’s overall health.
“Students were very interested in learning about this specialty, and enjoyed listening to Dr. Federico’s presentation. We were fortunate that such an experienced chiropractor was able to share his experiences with us,” says Ken Santos, director of education at the Voorhees campus.
Chiropractors diagnose a patient’s condition through a number of methods such as skeletal imaging, physical assessments, and observation. Most chiropractors are not licensed to prescribe medications or perform surgeries. Instead, their treatments are manual therapies, such as spinal manipulation, and their follow-up tends to include rehabilitative exercises and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
What does a medical assistant at a chiropractic office do? The medical assistant’s job entails assisting the chiropractor in the overall operations of the office. Daily responsibilities might include the following:
- Making patient appointments
- Processing insurance claims
- Assisting with medical billing and coding
- Handling inventory and supplies
- Assisting the chiropractor during appointments
- Maintaining patient files
- Helping to provide patients with health and wellness education
Thanks to Dr. Federico’s presentation, the students at the Harris School’s Voorhees campus now have a greater understanding of the specialty of chiropractic and can consider this field when beginning their new careers as medical assistants.