Chiropractic and COVID-19 | New York Executive Order 202.7

The New York State Chiropractic Association recognizes the gravity of the crisis regarding the Covid-19 virus and the need to function under a state of emergency declared by Governor Cuomo.  Essential businesses may remain open and are outlined in the Governor’s guidance for executive order 202.6, which includes doctors’ offices. 

Remaining open may be an individual decision, based on your professional assessment of the need and risk of continuing your practice. However, the executive order is clear that doctors offices may remain open.  It may be most pertinent to prioritize urgent and acute patients during this time.  Those with more chronic issues, those being seen for general care, may be best rescheduled for a later date.  As always, emphasis and education on optimal health, wellness, and active lifestyles is one way to assist individuals and communities in this time of need.

We further understand the role of the Chiropractic profession in an integrated health care system and its place in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders that would otherwise add to the burden on a medical system in danger of being overwhelmed in the coming days.

The services offered by Doctors of Chiropractic are more important today than ever before. Chiropractic will continue to play an integral and necessary role in the coming days.

Musculoskeletal conditions remain among the most burdensome of all healthcare conditions in our nation. Musculoskeletal conditions are the second leading cause of visits to doctors offices and emergency departments.

At a time when hospital and urgent care facilities are being overwhelmed with sick people in need of life-saving care, Doctors of Chiropractic continue to provide care for musculoskeletal conditions, reducing the need for these patients to utilize the critical resources of emergency rooms, hospitals and medical facilities.

The chiropractic profession stands ready to work within the parameters set forth by our scope of practice and to share the load as we work our way through this pandemic.

Together, we will overcome this crisis.

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