Whereas: Chiropractic has always claimed to treat the nervous system
Whereas: Current leaders in Chiropractic have started the trend away from the orthopedic model of diagnosis, moving to a neurologic model
Whereas: The current nomenclature for the application of chiropractic is still ‘bone based’
Therefore: I propose a change from “C4, Spinous Left” to something that more reflects our base philosophy of care – “C4 nerve root left” or such.
I am hoping that I will stir up some thought on this. Maybe someone else has already started the process…
EDIT: This will involve the addition of a definition to the term ‘neurotome.’ The idea comes from the dermotome, or ‘section of skin’ relating to the sensory portion of the spinal nerves. Neurotome will include the dermatome, but also will involve the efferent or motor components of the spinal level.
1. a needlelike knife for dissecting nerves.
2. neuromere (syn)
Definition #3 for Neurotome: the areas of the body (organs, skin, muscle, et al)
a) supplied with efferent nerve fibers by a single anterior spinal root
b) by afferent nerve fibers by a single posterior spinal root of the same level (aka dermatome)
obvious edits are expected.