Episode 216 - Dr. Thomas Lotus, part 2: More Than a Question Asker

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Thomas Lotus DC, Cert MDT

 In episode 216 I’ve got the conclusion of my conversation with Dr. Tom Lotus, a chiropractor who’s found the better classification systems.  He shares a memorable patient experience, how he handle some patient misconceptions common to arise in the clinic, the difficulties with perceptions from the larger healthcare community and the general public and even the topic of contention between physical therapists and chiropractors.  This week on MCF!

Show Notes

Teaching and Mentoring Students

Dr. Lotus teaches at different chiropractic schools and during his lectures, he emphasizes the importance of classification of pain. He always tries to educate the students on the power of MDT. Even while undertaking students and residents in his clinic, he has a prerequisite of having students who are inclined towards learning the MDT concept. 

Dr. Lotus also talks about the change over the years in the syllabus of chiropractic schools. The Chiropractic branch of McKenzie Institute International, has been working with a lot of schools to provide electives to students and they are given the opportunity to complete Part A to D before graduation. 


Challenges with Students

The most common limitations with students that Dr. Lotus has observed is application in clinical practice and perseverance in following the principles of any system. 


Self Improvement Over the Years

Dr. Lotus feels that over a period of time, his confidence in using the MDT system and managing has improved and its positive effects are noticeable in his clinical practice. 


Current and Future Plans

Dr. Lotus is excited and nervous about his new ventures. He has recently accepted a new position with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, Chicago. His role is being a part of a non-surgical Orthopedics team, currently focusing on spine but later planning to expand into extremity patients and sports injuries. 


Memorable Patients Experiences

Dr. Lotus finds excitement everyday while treating his patients but he distinctly remembers a patient he saw after completion of his Part B course. A patient with shoulder complaints with unsuccessful previous management; responded to repeated movements of cervical spine. 

He also talks about patients presenting with diagnosis of plantar fasciitis having the source of origin in the lumbar spine. 


Outcome Tools

In his clinic Dr. Lotus uses a lot of different outcome tools but the one he feels is important is the Yellow Flag Risk form. It helps his have an overview of the patient’s perspective after which he gets into the mechanical assessment. He has also seen a lot of patients have a decrease in central sensitivity after their mechanical problem has been reduced effectively. 


                                                                                        ~ Show Notes by Toshal Thanawala