Risk- A Risky Business
Last week I did a discussion piece based on a Telegraph article, headlined- RAF contractor sues Physiotherapist he claims left him paralysed. It raises the important subject of risk in manual therapy.
Risk is defined as a situation involving exposure to danger. Risk involved in pretty much anything including all elements of medicine. To me, if a treatment modality has the potential to do good, you have to accept it has the potential to do harm as well. Of course, some techniques, surgeries or medications will carry more risk than others, or pose more risk to one individual and their circumstances than they will to another. Managing this risk is part of what makes one healthcare provider more professional than another.