Full disclosure: I stole this analogy from EliteTrack.
Anyway...I used to play whack a mole.
When I first entered chiro college 10+ years ago, I immediately became certified in ART. Didn't know how to take a history, didn't know how to do a physical. But that's okay, I was certified! The traps, the erectors, the adductors...I used to play whack a mole.
Then I learned how to assess patients. Orthopaedic testing was the you-know-what. Empty can, full can, Lachman's, Kemps. Find the positive tests, give the high and mighty diagnosis. Treat the MRI...I used to play whack a mole.
I also learned how to manipulate. Oh you want your SIs adjusted? Go ahead and lay on your side...BANG...I used to play whack a mole.
Lame rehab? That too. Weak glute medius? Clam shells...No core? Planks...Tight pecs? Doorway pec stretch...I used to play whack a mole.
Oh, and I learned how to read radiology as well. Hey look, he's got stenosis! Here are your flexion-based stretches. Ooh, looks like you're developing a stress reaction, you should take a month or two off. Yup, I was right, you have a type 23 SLAP lesion. We need to get you to a surgeon...stat!...I used to play whack a mole.
I no longer play whack a mole.
But maybe I do.
Only time will tell.