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New Information On 5 Actions To Change Clinical Practice

CF 131: New Information On 5 Actions To Change Clinical Practice Today we’re going to talk about moving toward being patient-centered. There are 5 actions recommended. What does it even mean? I might just ruffle some feathers here but a damn I do not giveth. But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  
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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
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Do it do it do it.  You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #131 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we were joined by Dr. Kevin Christie with The Modern Chiropractic Marketing podcast and author of a new book that’s coming out on chiropractic marketing. Kevin is a rising star in chiropractic and is a must-not-miss. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points.  Just so you know, all of the research we talk about in each episode is cited in the show notes for each episode if you’re looking to dive in a little deeper.  On the personal end of things….. Still climbing in the patient numbers. Where I’m located here in Amarillo, TX, there is a population of approximately 280,000 people. Last week, on Thursday and Friday we added 3 total cases of COVID on Thursday and only 2 cases on Friday. Then the following Monday, we added 11.  So, as you can see, the numbers here are no longer high. People are sort of ‘over it’ and you can see that and hear it when you talk to the patients. Hell, I’m sort of over it but still being smart. I’m having friends to the house again but we stay outside by the pool and have a couple of adult beverages.  I have a friend that is a musician. Last weekend, he played a rodeo on Woodward, OK. He said there were probably 1,000+ people at the event and it was indoors. So, in Woodward, OK at least, they are REALLY over it. No way in hell I’m grouping up with that many people indoor or outdoor right now. It just doesn’t make sense to me for now.  I guess if I were 28 and at the top of my game physically it wouldn’t make any difference to me either. But going to an event where people are yelling and cheering right behind, beside, and in front of me….big nopers right now. Ain’t happnin’ I noticed that while cases seem to be leveling off across America, they’re not increasing or decreasing as much as you’d like but, what I noticed is that the deaths are going down. Fairly signficantly. So wouldn’t that fit with the news that started coming out a couple weaks ago about the virus losing some potency?  People are still getting it but not as many dying from it. Another explanation could be that we’ve gotten better at treating it. Either way, that’s not my lane so I’m not going to act like the expert. I’ll just say hell yay-us and keep the good news coming so we can all get back to life as it was meant to be lived.  I hope you’re all well and staying healthy. As always, if you care about the kind of information I share every week and you listen consistently, I’m proud of you. I think you care about the right stuff and even though I don’t know you all, I consider you my friend.  Item #1 Let’s kick this week’s research reviews off with this one called ‘It is time to move beyond body region silos to manage musculoskeletal pain; five actinos to change clinical practice’ by Caneiro et. al(Caneiro JP 2020). published in British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2020. We got a hot one over here!! This paper actually has a lot of big names in the industry like Caneiro, O’Sullivan, O’Sullivan and Jan Hartvigsen. If you don’t know Jan’s name, you just haven’t been a regular listener.  Why They Did It They say that current clinical research, education, and practice approaches musculoskeletal pain and conditions in silos. Basically it’s a focus on body regions like the knee, hip, neck, shoulder, etc.  But current thinking actually shows that the pain disorders are frequently comorbid and share common biopsychosocial risk profiles for pain and disability.  They say that a shift to focusing on the person is what is needed and that this would encourage the doctors to:
  1. focus on the patients’ context and modifiable biopsychosocial factors that influence their pain and disability
  2. Use education to facilitate active management approaches (targeted exercise therapy, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle habits) thus reducing reliance on passive interventions
  3. Consider evidence-based surgical procedures only for those with a clear indication and where guideline-based non-surgical approaches have been rigorously adhered to. 
Well who the hell can’t get behind all of that? Honestly, it’s odd when you think about it that in the year 2020, we’re still saying that surgery should be evidence-based and follow certain guides and that conservative treatment should be first basically. How’s that not just common sense and common procedure in 2020? We’re supposed to have freaking flying cars by now but the medical field doesn’t have this stuff down they way they should just yet?  It’s money. I know. I understand it. But it’s frustrating as hell all the same.  In this paper, the authors say to be truly patient-centered, they have five actions they recommend for managing a person with musculoskeletal pain, irrespective of body region. 
  1. Screen for biopsychosocial factors and health comorbidities. Notice this is #1 on their recommendations. If you’re just getting them in a pop a crack a lack and sending them on without this step, your results are going to be less than you or the patient desires. They say we need to communicate clearly with the patient to identify potential biopsychosocial drivers of the pain and then provide the therapy to fill that gap. These things include pain beliefs, emotional and coping responses to pain, social contest, physical and lifestyle factors and the presence of comorbidities. They recommend using the Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaire. 
  2. Embrace patient-centered communication. This one is huge and this is one of the key things we learned in the Fellowship training for the neuromusculoskeletal medicine program. Clinicians should use open and reflective questioning to elicit the patient’s understanding of factors, which include the pain experience (tell me your story), causation beliefs (what do they think is the cause of the pain?), coping (what do you do when the pain increases?), impact (Tell me how your symptoms affect your ability to move and function), concerns (do your symptoms worry you?), beliefs (why do you think you shouldn’t bend/lift, or run?), social factors (tell me about your home life or work life), goals (what are you rgoals?), and expectations. Yes, to an extent, updated research and thinking has us behaving a bit like a psychologist I think. It’s not my favorite stuff. But, when you learn and consider how much pain is held in the brain due to these yellow flag indicators, then you start to realize that pain, certainly chronic pain, cannot just be treated at a peripheral source. You have to address the pain from a central sensitization perspective at least equally or you risk never being able to help these patients. 
  3. Educate beyond words using active learning approaches. doctors have to embrace education as a central part of patient care if we are going to change behavior. We have to dispel myths about pain, imaging findings, and activity engagement (for example, hurt does not equal harm). They say that behavioral learning like exercise therapy can be used to bust myths that are unhelpful. Myths and beliefs that lead to things like fear avoidance. 
  4. Coach towards self-management. A large portion of the chiropractic profession wants and desires patients to depend on them week after week, month after month and that’s just not real world stuff. And it’s not helpful for the patient’s recovery either. We should be empowering patients to engage in exercise, valued activities and a healthy lifestyle with confidence. Can you feel the difference here? “Mary, I know you’re only 35 but you already have some degenerative discs in your neck and I’m so concerned about it. This should be considered urgent and I’m going to need to see you 5 million times for the rest of your life.” Is that helpful or is this helpful? “Mary, I know you read on your rad report here that there is a finding of a degenerative disc in your neck but the truth is, that’s very common and not something you should be concerned with. Certainly not over-concerned with. I actually prefer the word ‘deconditioned’ over ‘degenerative.’ A good percentage of 30-40 year old patients have some mildly deconditioned discs but these rarely ever cause any issues. You’re young, you’re strong, and you’re healthy. We’re going to get everything moving correctly and then I’m going to give you some excellent exercises to really focus on the region and build plenty of support. You’re going to do great.” When you stack those two next to each other, it’s easy to see how harmful one is as opposed to the other more positive, more hopeful one. I got a little side tracked there, the point is, help them take control and self manage. Active amnagement relieves pain and improves function across pain conditions and health comorbidities. 
  5. Address comorbid health factors. They say clinicians should refer for co-care in teh presence of comorbid mental and physical health complaints like high levels of emotional distress, eating disorders, and type 2 diabetes. The authors say they contend that multidisciplinary care needs to be integrated, with consistent messages across the team to prevent care fragmentation and patient distress. 
Wrapping up the paper, the authors say Patient-centered care will optimize the value of healthcare provided. Shifting funding to support high-value evidence-based care options and educating society will be critical to enable this transition and will likely be cost-effective. Integrated cross-discipline clinical networds are required for effective co-care. We believe clinicians are ready to change, but they require the support of health systems and payers.  One word….two syllables. Day-um. You day-um right. But, health systems and payers are stuck on the part of our profession that doesn’t care about movement, function, yellow flags, exercise, or proper patient-centered practice. They’re stuck on the portion of our profession that is TIC or TOR or principled or whatever the hell useless drivel they’re using this week.  The hardcore, philosophy, doctor-centered, faith-based rather than evidence-based group of chiropractors are smaller but they’re so much louder. And dangerous. They’re flat-earthers. They’re the reason the evidence-based group will never reach any kind of cultural authority.  You can have a GROUP of guys and girls go through years of continuing education and maybe get a couple of diplomats in neuro or orthopedics or rehab….wahtever….and they can be the smartest chiropractor on the planet and almost 100% of their patients get well.  And then you have just ONE lowsy-ass guy or girl go and bait and switch just ONE patient into 80 visits in a year with a contract and all of the bells and stupid whistles of a doctor-centered practice, and that group that worked so so hard loses every ounce of legitimacy. Because of ONE jackhole that refuses to understand or read research or refuses to sacrifice some money in the interest of their patients well-being.  It’s gross. It’s awful. But it’s chiropractic. We are already looked at with a side-glance untrusting gaze. So any deviance of behavior that would be widely considered normal is magnified. Just one ruins the batch for all of us.  I remember a preacher once saying that you gain trust in drops but you lose it in buckets. The reality in chiropractic is that just one faith-based, doctor-centered jackhole loses trust in ALL chiropractors in buckets. For ALL of us.  My plea is to start sharing this podcast with your subluxation friends. Especially the young students that haven’t yet decided to be ‘principled.’ Maybe we can help lead them down the right path from the very start. The more people are exposed to the research and to the idea of being patient-centered, the more they’ll latch onto it. They have to. One is borderline evil, and the other is not. It’s backed by science. One destroys reputations for the sake of the dollar. One builds reputations and respect. One is built on ideas and theories over a century old that cannot or have not been proven while the other is backed by science and progress. How is it even a damn choice to begin with? We’re either a healthcare profession. Or we are a faith. True healthcare professions do research and then they do more and they change according to what works well and they drop the stuff that doesn’t, and on and on to the point of really being on the cutting edge of the science and on the health of our patients.  I’ll never understand how such a percentage of our profession can’t get on board with that. Whatever the answer to that question might be, it’s that answer that keeps us at the bottom of the cultural authority ladder.  Unfortunately, I don’t see if changing any time soon. Not until the governing boards decided it’s time to change once and for all.   Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Continue taking care of yourselves and taking care of your neighbors. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Key Takeaways Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   
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The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventativly after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website
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Current Knowledge On A Robust Low Back Pain Diagnosis

CF 125: Current Knowledge On A Robust Low Back Pain Diagnosis Today we’re going to talk about picking apart a Lumbar pain diagnosis. What’s the latest information according to research? But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music    
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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   Today, I want to use a current paper from November on low back pain and diagnosing it correctly. I’m going to use the paper as the main source of info here but I’m going to be peppering in my own learning as a Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. I’m a nerd when it comes to the low back for whatever reason. Maybe because its the best researched of the conditions we treat. I don’t know. But I nerd out of this stuff and, if you follow along, by the end of today’s episode, you should be able to raise your low back diagnosis game considerably.    Item #1 This one is called “Current evidence for the diagnosis of common conditions causing low back pain; systematic review and standardized terminology recommendations” by Robert Vining, et. al(Vining R 2019). and published in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in November of 2019……hot enough, here we go.  Why They Did It The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate and summarize current evidence for the diagnosis of common conditions causing low back pain and to propose standardized terminology use. How They Did It
  • A systematic review of the scientific literature was conducted from inception through December 2018
  • Electronic databases searched included PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane, and Index to Chiropractic Literature
  • Of the 3995 articles screened, 36 (8 systematic reviews and 28 individual studies) met final eligibility criteria
  • Diagnostic criteria for identifying likely discogenic, sacroiliac joint, and zygapophyseal (facet) joint pain are supported by clinical studies using injection-confirmed tissue provocation or anesthetic procedures
  • Diagnostic criteria for myofascial pain, sensitization (central and peripheral), and radicular pain are supported by expert consensus–level evidence
  • Criteria for radiculopathy and neurogenic claudication are supported by studies using combined expert-level consensus and imaging findings.
What They Found
  • The absence of high-quality, objective, gold-standard diagnostic methods limits the accuracy of current evidence-based criteria and results in few high-quality studies with a low risk of bias
  • These limitations suggest practitioners should use evidence-based criteria to inform working diagnoses rather than definitive diagnoses for low back pain
Let’s dive in a bit, shall we? Discogenic pain, they say provocation discography is the diagnostic reference standard test used to confirm discogenic pain but it costs a lot, it’s not well standardized and there are some pretty significant risks of adverse effects. So the authors are recommending the centralization phenomenon as an office-based test to try to confirm discogenic pain. I’d add a few other signs of the pain being disc in nature. Here are a few off the top of my head:
  • The patient locates their pain axially and at L5 or above, not laterally
  • You cannot typically provoke the pain when pressing P to A on the segment
  • Walking helps
  • The Slump Test is highly useful here
  • Pain on coughing or sneezing or going from seated to standing
  • Pain that is worse sitting and better when lying down
  • Pain that can be centralized or peripheralized
  • Diminished motor, sensory, or reflexes
  • About 40% of low back pain patients under the age of 50 are discs
  • And pain that radiates beyond the knee
Myofascial Pain – They recommend myofascial pain be defined as nociceptive signaling from within muscle or fascial tissues that may or may not include referred pain or the presence of trigger points. Diagnostic criteria consistent with this definition include tenderness within a muscle with or without referred pain and reproduction of familiar pain with palpation or use. SI Joint Pain – Despite the existence of numerous provocation tests designed to identify SI joint pain, current scientific evidence does not support the diagnostic utility of individual tests. I can agree with that. Therefore, they say that SI anesthetic injections or blocks are the current diagnostic standard but of course, we don’t do that do we? No, we test the SI joints in several different ways and try to have a consensus. 
  • SI joint pain prevalence is about 22.5% of your low back patients
  • Fortin’s finger test raises your suspicion considerably
  • Walking hurts
  • Seated to standing usually hurts
  • For a robust diagnosis of SI, you should have 3 of the following 5 positive tests. 
  • Sacroiliac compression test
  • Distraction / gapping test
  • FABER test
  • Gaenslen’s test
  • Thigh thrust
Facet Joint Pain – They point out a study by Laslett et. al. saying a reporting of 3 out of 5 findings is sufficient to make a facet dx. They are:
  • Patient over 50
  • Paraspinal pain
  • Relieved with walking
  • Relieved with sitting
  • Positive extension/rotation
I will add to that list that facet joints constitute roughly 30% of your low back patients. The extension/rotation test is important. If it’s positive, it can still be something other than facets. But, if it’s negative, it’s almost certainly NOT a facet. Get that again, if extension/rotation is NOT positive, it’s almost certainly NOT facet.  In addition, you can push paraspinal on the patient and provoke the pain whereas, as mentioned, with a disc, you cannot provoke it by palpation.  Typically, long-lever activities are bothersome. Things like vacuuming, doing the dishes, or folding laundry. Anything that involves being slightly bent forward for a period of time.  Stenosis – They say “Neurogenic claudication occurs when spinal stenosis is severe enough to cause symptoms from intermittent neural compression or ischemia, most commonly from degenerative changes within the spine.” They say they “recommend diagnostic criteria reported by Nadeau et al. Which are symptoms triggered with standing, relieved by sitting, symptoms above the knees, and positive shopping cart sign.” For me here in my clinic, I use the protocol Carmen Amendolia created and validated through research. It’s been highly effective for us and our patients.  Piriformis Syndrome Current diagnostic criteria are available only through a systematic review of clinical features reported in the scientific literature: 
  1. ipsilateral leg radiation, 
  2. (2) greater sciatic notch tenderness, 
  3. (3) buttock pain, 
  4. (4) positive SLR, and 
  5. (5) pain with sitting
I would add that resisted external rotation could give you a hint. Put your hands on the lateral sides of the patient’s knees bilaterally. Then tell the patient to try to spread their legs while you resist. It’s painful, you have another very simple hint that you may be dealing with a piriformis issue.  So there you have it with my own learning from the neuromusculoskeletal diplomate program salted and peppered in for a good robust discussion. Yes, there are other considerations like lumbar sprain strain and things like that but these are the biggies.  If you weren’t before, you should be well-equipped after this episode to kill it on a low back diagnosis.  Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Continue taking care of yourselves and taking care of your neighbors. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Key Takeaways Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   
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  The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website
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Social Media Links https://www.facebook.com/chiropracticforward/ Chiropractic Forward Podcast Facebook GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/1938461399501889/ Twitter YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtc-IrhlK19hWlhaOGld76Q iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chiropractic-forward-podcast-chiropractors-practicing/id1331554445?mt=2 Player FM Link https://player.fm/series/2291021 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-chiropractic-forward-podcast-chiropractors-practicing-through TuneIn https://tunein.com/podcasts/Health–Wellness-Podcasts/The-Chiropractic-Forward-Podcast-Chiropractors-Pr-p1089415/ About the Author & Host Dr. Jeff Williams – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & VloggerBibliography Vining R, S. Z., Minkalis A, (2019). “Current evidence for diagnosis of common conditions causing low back pain; systematic review and standardized terminology recommendations.” J Man Manip Ther 42(9): P651-654.

Chiropractic Business Opportunity & How Chiropractic Solves The Opioid Issue

CF 119: Chiropractic Business Opportunity & How Chiropractic Solves The Opioid Issue

Today we’re going to talk about some recent numbers that came out in JAMA on healthcare spending. Then we’ll talk about how chiropractic has the answer to the healthcare spending issue. 

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around. 

We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers.

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

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Do it do it do it. 

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #119

Now if you missed last week’s episode, we had one of our biggest episodes in the history of Chiropractic Forward and than’s because we were joined by the one and only clinical ninja and world-renowned expert himself, Dr. Stu McGill. 

I was a bit of a fanboy so I’m still not sure how strong my part of it came out but I can tell you that Stu is ALWAYS strong and this information is a ‘Do Not Miss’ type of thing. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points. 

On the personal end of things…..

I’m doing the same thing as you’re probably doing. I’m freaking out a little or a lot. OK, some of you aren’t but I have no idea how you’re able to chill out. I’m not a hype type of guy. Hopefully, by now you know I’m a very reasonable kind of guy. 

Here’s what I got; I record these podcasts two weeks prior to airing. This pandemic is changing every day so for me to offer opinions, comfort, hope, and things of that nature just seems pointless right now. Because nobody knows what the hell the landscape will be when this goes live. Nobody knows what business is going to look like. 

Just know this, if you are a listener, I love you. Even if we’ve never met. I love you. Please be safe. Please listen to the CDC and not chiropractors that think they can end this through adjustments. Please stay in touch with the elderly you are connected to. Encourage them, help them if they need it. They’re scared too. Probably more so than the rest of us. 

It’s time to be humans. Not partisans. Not North, South, East, or West. Not even American, Korean, Italian, or Chinese. It’s time to be humans and do our parts to keep this thing from doing any more damage than it has to do. 

And, as a Christian myself, if you are a Christian or religious whatsoever, pray. Whether you think it’ll do any good or not. I can promise it won’t hurt. 

If you are living day to day financially, I wish I had something amazing to say but, I WILL offer this. The more my business struggles and the more your businesses struggle. The more this goes on, the more you’ll see the system buckle and bend to accommodate you. That may look like no payroll tax, tax relief, tax incentives, extended lease payment options on your office spaces, school loan interest was already waived and it won’t surprise me if there’s a suspension on school loan defaults as well, the government paid leave for employees, and on and on. 

What I’m saying is that some things are out of our control. This is out of our control. Hell, by the time this airs, we may all be on mandatory shut down for business and you may be listening from home. 

Here’s what you have to know; The country cannot have thousands and thousands and thousands of businesses going under. Landlords cannot have non-leased, empty buildings

The system will figure out how to keep everyone afloat. 

Stay strong and stay hopeful. Stay clean and stay separate for a bit and maybe we can get a handle on it. 

Alright, enough of that. I’m sure we’re all sick of hearing it by now.

Item #1

Let’s start with this one called “US Health Care Spending by Payer and Health Condition, 1996-2016” by Dieleman et. al(Dieleman J 2020). published in JA<A on March 3, 2020. Yep, it’s hottern’ hell!!

Here’s the deal, this was March 3rd so….just before this mass hysteria started. Healthcare spending may look different now but, this was from 1996-2016 before anyone ever heard of this pandemic. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to answer the question, “How does spending on different health conditions vary by payer and how has this spending changed over time?

How They Did It

  • Information was collected from the following: government budgets, insurance claims, facility records, household surveys, and official US records from 96-2016.
  • They used the info to estimate spending for 154 health conditions
  • Spending growth rates were calculated for each type of payer as well as each type of condition. 

What They Found

  • From ’96 to 2016, healthcare spending when up from $1.4 trillion to $3.1 trillion. 
  • For the mathematically challenged, that is up to $1.7 trillion. I was always under the impression that our system and our treatments should get MORE efficient through the year rather than more and more expensive. 
  • In 2016, private insurance paid for 48% of it
  • Public insurance paid for 42.6% of it
  • Out-of-pocket was 9.4%

For the stuff that matters to us chiropractors specifically, 

  • In 2016, among the 154 conditions, low back and neck pain had the highest amount of health care spending with an estimated $134.5 billion
  • 57.2% of that was paid by private insurance
  • 33.7% of it was paid by public insurance
  • 9.2% was paid out-of-pocket

Other musculoskeletal conditions cost the system a further $129.8 billion. So if we’re keeping count here peeps, that means the total cost of musculoskeletal system issues cost the system in 2016 and grand total of 264.3 billion dollars. 

I’ll have you know that the second most expensive condition was diabetes coming in at a grand total of $111.2 billion. That’s a full $153.1 billion dollars less than m/s issues. 

So that we’re not drowning in numbers here….remember this; M/S conditions cost 264.3 billion. The next most expensive was diabetes at $111.2 billion. 

Do you smell some business opportunities there? I sure as hell do. You realize they used to be putting a good number of those people on muscle relaxers and opioids but they aren’t anymore. Right? Now, a large number of those people need an alternative and we are uniquely poised and positioned to be that help. To be that alternative. 

Mmmmm….when this mess calms, I’ve got some business ideas. You should be cooking up what brew you want to have ready as well. 

Item #2

Our second and last item here is called “Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain” by Whedon, et. al(Whedon JM 2020). and published in Pain Medicine on March 6 2020. Smokin plate of whatcha havin!!

Why They Did It

They say that the utilization of nonpharma pain management may prevent unnecessary use of opioids. The objective here was to evaluate the impact of chiropractic utilization on the use of prescription opioids among patients with spinal pain. 

How They Did It

  • This was a retrospective cohort design for analysis of health claims data from three states for the years 2012-2017
  • They included 101,221 adults from 18-84 yr old that had office visits to a primary or a chiropractor for spinal pain. 
  • They identified two types; 
  • Recipients of both primary and chiropractic care
  • Non-recipients that got primary care but not chiropractic.
  • They compared the two groups as far as the risk for filling an opioid prescription. 

What They Found

“Patients with spinal pain who saw a chiropractor had half the risk of filling an opioid prescription. Among those who saw a chiropractor within 30 days of diagnosis, the reduction in risk was greater as compared with those with their first visit after the acute phase.”

So, your next social media graphic is this; “patients who saw a chiropractor had half the risk of filling an opioid script.”

Then the next one will be; “Patients that saw a chiropractor in less than 30 days of diagnosis had been more than half as likely to fill an opioid prescription.”

Then the next one will be “US spends $236 billion on musculoskeletal pain but those treating with a chiropractor are less than half as likely to fill an opioid script.” See how I tied that all together for you? Did you see what I did there?

Don’t just listen to this stuff. Turn it into something. I’m trying to help you! Or, you can just join our private Facebook group and I’ll try to start making these more often so you can just share them without going through the effort. 

I’m totally cool with that. 

Alright, the message is the same every week.

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient treats preventativly after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….

That’s Chiropractic!

Contact

Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes. 

Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms. 

We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

Connect

We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. 

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About the Author & Host

Dr. Jeff Williams – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger

Bibliography

  • Dieleman J, C. J., Chapin A, (2020). “US Health Care Spending by Payer and Health Condition, 1996-2016.” JAMA 323(9): 863-884.
  • Whedon JM, T. A., Kazal L, (2020). “Impact of Chiropractic Care on Use of Prescription Opioids in Patients with Spinal Pain.” Pain Med.

w/ Dr. Stuart McGill – Clinical Jazz, Treating Kids Like Pros, Thoughts On Posture, and Being A Low Back Pain Ninja

CF 118: w/ Dr. Stuart McGill – Clinical Jazz, Treating Kids Like Pros, Thoughts On Posture, and Being A Low Back Pain Ninja 

Today we’re going to be talking with the low back ninja himself, Dr. Stu McGill. What an honor. If you know anything about Dr. McGill, then you truly know what a big deal it is to have him as a guest. 

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around. 

We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers.

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Like our facebook page, 
  • Join our private facebook group and interact, and then 
  • go review our podcast on iTunes and other podcast platforms. 
  • We also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com
  • While you’re there, join our weekly email newsletter. No spam, just a reminder when the newest episodes go live. Nothing special so don’t worry about signing up. Just one a week friends. Check your JUNK folder!!

Do it do it do it. 

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #118

Now if you missed last week’s episode #117, we talked about spinal manipulation with and without myofascial release added to the mix and we discussed the research behind vitamin d3 to help for migraine headaches. Really interesting stuff. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points. 

No personal disaster stories this week. I want to dive right in. 

Before we get to Dr. McGill, I want to briefly mention ChiroUp.com. Look folks, if you haven’t heard of this program, you just don’t know what you’re missing. ChiroUp has solved almost all of my biggest issues in practice. Not only with a gap in knowledge initially in rehab but with time management. 

It saves time, it educates patients on exercise, activities of daily living, and your recommendations, it encourages Google reviews, it tracks your patients’ success, it gives you all kinds of marketing templates and ideas, if you don’t know a particular exam or treatment protocol for a certain body region, it has videos to show you – in short….it’s amazing. 

If you’d like a free trial period followed by 6 months at only $99/month, go to chiroup.com and use the code Williams99 That way you get the discount and they know who’s greasing the wheels. 

Now, Dr. Stu McGill

Dr. Stuart M. McGill is a professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, where he was a professor for 30 years. His laboratory and experimental research clinic investigated issues related to the causal mechanisms of back pain, how to rehabilitate back-pained people and enhance both injury resilience and performance. 

His advice is often sought by governments, corporations, legal experts, medical groups and elite athletes and teams from around the world.

His work produced over 240 peer-reviewed scientific journal papers, 5 books, and many international awards. He mentored over 37 graduate students during this scientific journey.

During this time he taught thousands of clinicians and practitioners in professional development and continuing education courses around the world.

He continues as the Chief Scientific Officer for Backfitpro Inc. Difficult back cases are regularly referred to Dr. McGill for consultation. 

I went through his CV on the Backfitpro website and I’d be here for an hour if I read it all out to you. It’s truly impressive as is Dr. McGill himself. 

What an honor it is for us to welcome Dr. McGill on the show today. Dr. McGill, thank you so much for taking the time. Where are you as we speak and how’s the weather treating you?

1. In the book, “Back Mechanic’, you seem to minimize the psychosocial aspect of chronic back pain and instead focus on removing the physical pain triggers. More and more emerges about the psychosocial aspect. Do you think it’s a fad or have you changed your mind any on it as it’s popularity seems to be rising?

2. For those few that are relatively unfamiliar with your work, what would be your best summary? What are your key points or takeaways? Things like flexion is mostly bad, it depends, and strength building doesn’t mean pain improvement….

3. You say that disc injuries often resolve in about two weeks. In your experience, is there a specific kind of disc injury that tends to stick around and be pesky for longer than that?

4. Here is a question from our private Facebook group. If trunk flexion is not generally advisable, how does one go about building ab muscles just purely for aesthetics….to get a six-pack essentially? What’s the best way to advise our active patients on this?

5. Let’s say you have a patient that has had chronic low back pain for years. Just general, dull chronic pain. Let’s say you diagnose and treat and they come out of it. Now they feel great and they want to go a step further and start getting active in the gym. Now I suspect your answer will include, “It depends,” and to avoid the triggers or movements that once hurt but, in general, how do you counsel them on the best way to start without taking a step back? 

6. Recent recommendations came out about posture from what I believe was the primary chiropractic association in Canada. They said there really is no bad posture but what is important is the frequent change in postures. Taking out pain triggers, what is your opinion on this idea of no bad postures?

7. In reviewing your certification process, I see live hours for Level 1 and they’re in amazing places like Australia, Brazil, The Netherlands, Toronto, and on and on. My question is, are there any plans to offer some of this online for the practitioner that is unable to travel in the manner required? Or is it more of a hands-on class and live hours are vital?

8. I realize this is a big question and there can be a lot of stuff to unpack here but I think it’s worth asking. So that those of us in the field can know where we stand as far as how we go about assessing a new patient…..To adequately assess a patient and generate a diagnosis, how long should it take on average to do a good job and be accurate? I understand you evaluate a new patient for 3 hours or more.

9. Here’s probably another huge question but, what comes first for you: Corrective exercise or Gamification?

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11. With low back pain being the #1 reason for disability globally, and with all of the research you’ve been involved with, are we gaining on it? Why do I still get patients in my clinic with stories that make it clear that the medical profession is still not really paying attention?

12. We are seeing more and more information emerges suggesting it’s good for young athletes to be multi-sport athletes rather than specializing and being essentially treated like a professional athlete while still very young and developing. On a podcast interview, I listened to with you as the featured guest, you say you just can’t be good at everything because your spine basically needs to be tailored the specialty. Can you go into this a little bit and is there a way to find the balance between the idea that you can’t be good at it all but that you also should look at being a multi-sport athlete? At least at a young age. 

13. Also from our private facebook group, what are some assumptions you made 5 years ago (or some other time) that you no longer agree with? If any.

14. Tell me about backfitpro.com 

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Dr. Stuart McGill on low back pain and posture

The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….

That’s Chiropractic!

Contact

Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes. 

Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms. 

We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

Connect

We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. 

Website

Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/chiropracticforward/

Chiropractic Forward Podcast Facebook GROUP

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1938461399501889/

Twitter

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtc-IrhlK19hWlhaOGld76Q

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chiropractic-forward-podcast-chiropractors-practicing/id1331554445?mt=2

Player FM Link

https://player.fm/series/2291021

Stitcher:

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TuneIn

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Why Steer Your Patients Clear Of Epidural Steroid Injections

CF 115: Why Steer Your Patients Clear Of Epidural Steroid Injections

Today we’re going to talk about more recent findings on epidural steroid injections and what this new information tells us in regard to how we should be directing recommendations for our patients. 

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around. r

We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers.

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Like our facebook page, 
  • Join our private facebook group and interact, and then 
  • go review our podcast on iTunes and other podcast platforms. 
  • We also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com
  • While you’re there, join our weekly email newsletter. No spam, just a reminder when the newest episodes go live. Nothing special so don’t worry about signing up. Just one a week friends. Check your JUNK folder!!

Do it do it do it. 

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #115

Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about TEN Keys To practice success. If you listen to just one episode this year, this is the one. Nobody wants to push their brew too much because then you look narcissistic but…I really think many of you can benefit from 22 years of my mistakes. Lol. That’s not egotistical. That’s just the damn truth. So go listen to that episode as soon as you’re done with this one. Keep up with the class. 

While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points. 

On the personal end of things…..

I just returned from Key Largo, Fl so I’m behind this week. I was gone Monday and Tuesday this week so I’m doing everything I can to get all of my stuff done this week. Including this podcast. I usually start writing a podcast on Monday morning and here I am on Thursday morning getting finally started. 

So, it’ll probably be a little shorter than the others

If you’ve not been to the Florida Keys go ahead and pull out your bucket list and get that sucker added asap. It was amazing. I’m usually chomping at the bit to get back to work but not this time. 

I won’t take long here but we flew into Key West and drove 2 hours up the keys along the overseas highway to Key Largo. Key West is a little more raucous which will fit some well but Key Largo is a little more laid back and that’s what we wanted. 

The first thought is that driving that overseas highway is a trip. I’m not talking physically. It’s a trip mentally. In some spots, it’s you, the highway, and the ocean. That’s literally it. It’s insane. We flew in and started driving. The sun went down and at one point, the sky became the exact same color as the ocean. It was some outer space experience man. I don’t know….it was crazy for this flatlander from the Texas Panhandle. Definitely a cool thing to see and do. 

Beyond that, we stayed at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa and I cannot recommend it enough. My wife and I actually had a three-day spa package so two massages and a facial. I’m just going to drop two syllables / one word……Day-um. 

It was awesome, their restaurants on the resort were excellent, the fires at night, the sunsets, 80 degrees every day, laying on the beach all damn day and being served funny drinks….I was not ready to come home. 

But I did. And here I am in 28-degree weather with snow flurries. Whatever the hell ever. I’m trying to finagle a way to get a vacation property down there. That’s how much we loved it. It’s like an exotic island destination but everyone speaks English and looks and sounds just like you. And all the laws are the same. It’s still America. 

Anyway, just go. Just make it happen. 

Mentor quotes:

Dino Pappas said “I think the biggest things for me were: 1). Don’t forget about yourself — We give and give and give to other people, our community, and our patients. We often don’t take care of our ourselves and our identity becomes providing for others. Don’t forget about what brings you joy. You can’t fully help others unless you take care of yourself. 2). Clinical Skills Do Not Equal Business Success…I worked hard to build my skill set, but patients don’t necessarily care about that. They care about their results, their outcome and the presentation of the business via business systems. If there’s drama in anything else (front office staff not cordial or prompt, insurance not verified, patient phone calls not made or returned) that impacts the patient’s happiness and ultimately can impact their outcome. We are all running a patient care business, not a practice and there’s a difference. 3). Begin With The End In Mind & Reverse Engineer From There: Sit down before you go into practice and create your vision board, your goals and identify what your exit will be. Engineer your life, your practice and your systems around those long term goals. Think and operate strategically, not tactically.” I agree with every word. Dino is right here in Texas and is a smart smart doctor. If you’re near him, give him a call and connect. I promise, buy him some breakfast and you’ll walk away a smarter person. 

Dr. Bill Lawson who was just on our podcast a couple of weeks ago says, “I would say treat every patient as if they are your family. It is from them where you build your practice. Don’t be afraid to look outside the box. There are so many ways to create little streams of income. Say no to the scams! There are a lot of them out there. Read the Parker Principals. There’s something in that wisdom. Keep learning! Get a specialty diplomate. At the end of the day, it’s not how much money you made, it’s how much you got to keep! Low overhead equals low stress.” 

For me personally, I tell patients, when I’m having a difficult time deciding what to do with them, that I just ask myself, “If this were my daughter or son sitting in front of me, what would I tell them to do?” When I approach patients in that manner, I will ALWAYS make the right decision. 

Another former and future podcast guest, Dr. David Graber up in New Jersey said, “Get help but only from doctors who are where you want to be. Someone might be a great clinician and a great person, but can’t make a living in practice, don’t go to them for practice advice. Think long-term – reputation, respect, a clean conscience, profit, stress, etc. Meet people, meet people meet people. People who feel ripped-off don’t stay, return, or refer – treat people fairly. Get at least 600-1200 patients as a base that uses your services on a regular or irregular basis. Develop competency in the 3M’s of practice: marketing, management, money. Learn how to run your business or have someone else do it for you (usually your spouse or parent who has an interest beyond $). You will never arrive, especially in 2020- practices are recreated regularly. The relationships and interaction with patients are the best thing about practice, nurture & enjoy it, and never forget that or take it for granted.”

Dr. Jerry Kennedy of RocketChiro says, “1.) Get help. You aren’t ready to be successful. Trying to do everything yourself is foolish. 2.) Networking is more important than you think. The more business owners and professionals in your community who know you, like you, and trust you…the easier your practice growth will be. 3.) Calm down. Success is a process. Processes take time. You’re going to be fine. 4.) Enjoy the journey. You’re going to get older faster than you think.”

One of our former podcast guest stars and the chiropractor of the Florida State Seminoles, Dr. John Van Tassel had this to say, “Dino is absolutely right. Project where you want to be at the end then set a plan for that. Don’t acquire skills and say “Let’s see where this takes me. Be kind. Be kind to people by creating an atmosphere, an organization where you can serve them. Being kind doesn’t just mean be polite. Speak their language. Meet them where they are. Find the dysfunction and teach them the importance of correcting that, rather than just turning off the pain alarm. But there is more: As I taught a staff member recently, triple booking me because 3 different patients insisted they HAD to be seen at 8 is not being kind, not being polite, it is letting the patients run the asylum. Not one of those three received patient satisfaction that day. That’s not being kind. That’s being a doormat. You MUST stand up on your hind legs and be IN CHARGE in order to be kind and give patients what they need. You must set policies that allow you to serve patients, and do not waver from those policies. What rings to me is “real kindness gives others a feeling of hope” So it is being kind to others that you take a break to refresh yourself. It is kindness to others that you build your skillset and knowledge base. It is the drive to serve through kindness that moves you to plan who you are going to be, then execute the plan. It is with kindness that we build ourselves into a gift worth giving through service. It is through kindness that we protect ourselves in all relationships. Protect the gift. 

Wow – right? I haven’t thought of kindness in that way before. What outstanding words. 

Before we dive into the reason we’re here, it’s good to support the people that support evidence-informed practitioners. Well, ChiroUp certainly does just that. 

If you don’t take advantage of the deal I’m about to offer you, I think you just might be crazy.

Regular listeners know I’ve used ChiroUp since for well over a year now. I’m going to tell you want it is and then share a way to do a FREE TRIAL and, if you sign up, only pay $99/month for the first six months. So listen up!

ChiroUp is changing the way we practice by simplifying patient education and here’s what I mean: 

In a matter of seconds, you can send condition-specific reports to your patients with recommendations for treatment, activities of daily living, & for their exercises. 

This save you so much time – no more explaining & re-explaining your patient’s care, because they have access to it right there at their fingertips. 

You can be confident that your patients are getting the best possible care, because the reports and exercises are populated based on what the literature recommends and isn’t that re-assuring? All of that work has been done FOR you by people that are deep into the research. 

There are more than 1000 providers worldwide using ChiroUp to empower their treatments, patients, & practice.

If you don’t know what it’s all about or you’d like to check it out, do yourself a favor and go to Chiroup.com today to get started with your FREE TRIAL and, to sweeten the deal, you can use code Williams99 to pay only $99/month for your first 6 months

That’s ChiroUp.com and super saver code is Williams99.

Item #1

The first item is called “Comparing the short-term cost-effectiveness of epidural steroid injections and medical management alone for discogenic lumbar radiculopathy” by Pennington et. al. published in Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery in get this the date on it is actually April of 2020(Pennington Z 2020). That’s as smoking hot as it gets. Stand back it’s steamy…

Why They Did It

Epidural steroid injections (ESIs) are a commonly used treatment strategy for low back pain and lumbar radiculopathy. However, their cost-effectiveness and ability to mediate long-term quality of life (QOL) improvements is debated. We sought to analyze the cost-effectiveness of lumbar epidural steroid injections (ESIs) compared to medical management alone for patients with lumbar radiculopathy and low back pain.

How They Did It

  • QOL outcomes were prospectively collected at 3- and 6-months following initial consultation
  • Metrics included the EuroQol-5 Dimensions (EQ-5D) questionnaire, the Pain Disability Questionnaire (PDQ), the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)
  • Cost estimations were based on Medicare national payment amounts, median income, and missed workdays
  • One hundred forty-one patients met our inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • 89 received ESI and 52 were treated with medical management alone.

What They Found

  • Both groups showed improved scores at 3 months but were similar to one another
  • No significant difference was seen between groups for total costs or cost-utility ratios
  • Medical management alone was more cost-effective at both points owing to lower expenditures, however, these differences were not significant.

Wrap It Up

The authors concluded by saying, “Epidural steroid injections were not cost-effective at either the 3-month or 6-month follow-up period. At 3 months, epidural steroid injections provide similar improvements in quality of life outcomes relative to medical management and at similar costs. At 6 months, neither epidural steroid injections nor conservative management provides significant improvements in quality of life outcomes.”

My first thought is well….No soft serve, Sherlock!!

Then, my next thought is that we’ve covered research showing only limited effectiveness in the short-term and absolutely zero effectiveness in the long-term and no difference in whether a patient ends up having surgery. 

Then we covered research demonstrating how steroid shots put the bones of certain individuals at a disadvantage down the road. 

We have also covered research showing how chiropractic beats them at a lower cost, non-invasively, more effectively, and non-pharmacologically. 

No brainer here folks. Just always default to the recommendations from the American College of Physicians recommending spinal manipulation, acupuncture, and massage as first-line therapies for acute and chronic low back pain and steroid injections as a last-line option right above surgery. After every other option has failed. I’ve cited that paper in the show notes for episode 115 at chiropracticforward.com It was authored by Qaseem, et. al. Go get it. (Qaseem A 2017)

Since I’m short on time this week, that’s all we’re covering for this episode but it’s new, it’s fresh, and it’s HIGHLY relevant. 

Recommend to your patients that they do NOT get these epidural steroid injections. Epidural steroid injections have side effects. Epidural steroid injections have consequences. Epidural steroid injections don’t typically work and if they do, it’s strictly short-term relief with absolutely zero long-term benefits. If you’re an evidence-informed doctor, you are the one that should be fixing them. Nobody else. 

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient treats preventativly after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….

That’s Chiropractic!

Contact

Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes. 

Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms. 

We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

Connect

We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. 

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About the Author & Host

Dr. Jeff Williams – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & VloggerBibliography

Pennington Z, S. M., Lubelski D, Mehta V, (2020). “Comparing the short-term cost-effectiveness of epidural steroid injections and medical management alone for discogenic lumbar radiculopathy.” Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 191.

Qaseem A (2017). “Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians.” Ann Intern Med 4(166): 514-530.

Lifestyle Effect On Dementia & Feeling A Stiff Back May Not Mean A Stiff Back

CF 112: Lifestyle Effect on Dementia & Feeling A Stiff Back May Not Mean A Stiff Back

Today we’re going to talk about Lifestyle and Dementia and Does the feeling of a stiff back really mean your back is actually stiff?

But first, here’s that sweet sweet  bumper music

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We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers.

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Like our facebook page, 
  • Join our private facebook group and interact, and then 
  • go review our podcast on iTunes and other podcast platforms. 
  • We also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com
  • While you’re there, join our weekly email newsletter. No spam, just a reminder when the newest episodes go live. Nothing special so don’t worry about signing up. Just one a week friends. Check your JUNK folder!!

Do it do it do it. 

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #112

Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about how the American Family Physicians my be warming up to chiropractic and what supplements actually have some evidence behind them. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points. 

On the personal end of things…..

You remember how I mentioned that my life has been a bit of a soup sandwich lately? Yeah, well, I had my front door glass broken out yet again. That’s twice in about 3 weeks. We’ve not had any issue whatsoever with our building or break-ins in over 10 years in the same locations. All of the sudden, bam…. here we are about $500 lighter in deductible fees and about to be a lot lighter in the bank account because now I have to invest in some security cameras. 

Because I’m done folks. Luckily, they caught the little a-holes and they’re sitting in the Randall County Jail. I’m hoping that’ll be their new home for a while. Hopefully long enough for them to learn their lessons. 

Other than than, life is motoring a long. Wrapped up January in fine fashion. My goals are always 10% better. If you can do better than that, then heck yeah. But for me, 10% better is a minimum for me each year. In each category. Are you keeping stats? I mean accurate, robust stats. 

I keep them for just about everything I can think of. And you should too. I hit my numbers big time in 2019. Now, I’m getting with my main marketing girl and trying to see how we’re going to improve 10% over what was already a big big year for us. 

That’s another question I have; without getting into politics, I’m going to tell you that all was well up through 2014 or so. But then 2015 and 2016 came along. We dropped off. Not dangerous numbers but I’d classify it as a significant dropoff for sure. 

Then came 2017 through 2019 and we saw tremendous growth and numbers. So, my question, if we look at what was happening in the USA around that time, we had the winding down of the Obama Presidency and the election of a different President. 

Now, anyone can say anything they want about the White House’s current occupant but I don’t think anyone can deny that the economy has been hitting on all cylinders. 

So back to the question at hand; does it matter at all which President is in office? Which party holds the office at The White House? Does it matter?

I may get some blow back here but I’m trying to look at it in a non-partisan, non-political way and say, that in my expereince, it has mattered and my business has done much better since the 2016 election than the years prior to. 

Now let’s be fair, a lot of research has emerged in that time. The American College of Physicians recommended spinal manipulation, the White House recommended spinal manipulation, The Lancet Papers came out, Dr. Goertz kicked the VA doors down with her research…..basically, I don’t think it’s one thing like which party is in the Presidency. 

But, can we deny that when the economy is killing it like right now, that patients seem more willing and more confident to spend money? My uneducated but experienced guess is that yes, the economy has an effect on our businesses and the party in power affects the economy. 

Alright, those of you that disagree, go fire up my email inbox. I’m always all ears and willing to learn so feel free to tell me all about it. 

I want to talk about some much much cooler stuff than that right now though. I want to discuss some papers on lifestyle and genetics in regard to dementia as well as if feeling back stiffness actually means you have a stiff back. Pretty interesting stuff there. 

Before we dive into the reason we’re here, it’s good to support the people that support evidence-informed practitioners. Well, ChiroUp certainly does just that. 

If you don’t take advantage of the deal I’m about to offer you, I think you just might be crazy.

Regular listeners know I’ve used ChiroUp since for well over a year now. I’m going to tell you want it is and then share a way to do a FREE TRIAL and, if you sign up, only pay $99/month for the first six months. So listen up!

ChiroUp is changing the way we practice by simplifying patient education and here’s what I mean: 

In a matter of seconds, you can send condition-specific reports to your patients with recommendations for treatment, activities of daily living, & for their exercises. 

This save you so much time – no more explaining & re-explaining your patient’s care, because they have access to it right there at their fingertips. 

You can be confident that your patients are getting the best possible care, because the reports and exercises are populated based on what the literature recommends and isn’t that re-assuring? All of that work has been done FOR you by people that are deep into the research. 

There are more than 1000 providers worldwide using ChiroUp to empower their treatments, patients, & practice.

If you don’t know what it’s all about or you’d like to check it out, do yourself a favor and go to Chiroup.com today to get started with your FREE TRIAL and, to sweeten the deal, you can use code Williams99 to pay only $99/month for your first 6 months

That’s ChiroUp.com and super saver code is Williams99.

Item #1

Let’s start out with this one in JAMA called “Association of Lifestyle and Genetic Risk With Incidence of Dementia” by Lourida, et. al. and published on July 14, 2019(Lourida I 2019)….it’s not sizzlin but it’s steamy folks. 

Why They Did It

The authors objective was to investigate whether a healthy lifestyle is associated with lower risk of dementia regardless of genetic risk. 

How They Did It

  • The study included 196,383 subjects
  • They were followed up for 1,545,433 person-years
  • This paper was a retrospective cohort study i
  • It included adults of European ancestry aged at least 60 years 
  • The subjects had no cognitive impairment or dementia at baseline. 
  • They joined the UK Biobank study from 2006-2010 and were followed until 2016 or 2017
  • They scored for dementia
  • and paid close attention to lifestyle factors such as smoking, physical activity, diet, and moderate alcohol consumption

Wrap Up

The authors concluded the following, “Among older adults without cognitive impairment or dementia, both an unfavorable lifestyle and high genetic risk were significantly associated with higher dementia risk. A favorable lifestyle was associated with lower dementia risk among participants with high genetic risk.”

So, just to keep you all smart, in summary, no matter where you fall on the genetic risk continuum, don’t smoke, eat healthily, drink in moderation, and get some exercise. And tell your patients to do the same. 

OK, Item #2 

This one is called “Feeling stiffness in the back: a protective perceptual inference in chronic back pain” by Stanton, et. al. and was published in Scientific Reports in August of 2017(Stanton TR 2017). Not smoking hot but only a couple years or so old. 

Why They Did It

The authors were looking to test the idea or notion that have a back that FEELS stiff actually means you have a stiff back. They wanted to propose a new hypothesis and that is that feelings of back stiffness are a protective perceptual construct, rather than reflecting biomechanical properties of the back. This new theory, if proven, would have far-reaching implications for the treatment of pain and stiffness going forward. 

How They Did It

They used three different experiments to challenge the view by demonstrating that feeling stiff doesn’t actually relate to the objective measure of actually being stiff. In addition, objective back stiffness doesn’t differ any between those who report FEELING stiff vs those who do not. 

What They Found

Those reporting a feeling of stiffness actually are showing self-protective responses and they significantly overestimate force applied to their spine. 

Wrap It Up

Here we show that conscious experience of feeling stiff does not reflect true biomechanical back stiffness, but may rather represent a protective perceptual inference that may serve to reduce movement and re-injury. By showing that feelings of stiffness do not relate to biomechanical stiffness measures and that biomechanical measures of stiffness do not differ between those with and without feelings of stiffness, this suggests that information other than actual joint stiffness is influencing this perceptual inference

Correct me if I’m wrong but, to an extent that sounds similar to what we commonly hear called ‘fear-avoidance’. What would you say is a common way to deal with fear-avoidance? I would be bold enough to suggest that an effective means is a concept of ‘hurt vs harm.’ 

Fear-avoidance can keep patients in chronic pain syndrome but if they start moving and start exercising, they start trusting their bodies more and more. We are clear to them that some movements may hurt a little bit and that’s OK. It’s part of the process. But, if the movements feel ‘harmful’, they should stop and let’s take a closer look at what’s going on. 

We all know that most exercises for most people are not actually harmful. Once they get moving and making progress, they get excited, don’t they? Fear-avoidance goes down, activity level goes up, and health gets a boost. 

The patient is a winner and the doctor is a winner. Hell, the patient’s family is a winner. Have you ever had to be around a chronically painful or ill patient? It’s misery for all involved. Plus, what if the person in chronic pain typically cooks for the family? Obviously, everyone here is the winner because I like some biscuits. 

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….

That’s Chiropractic!

Contact

Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes. 

Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms. 

We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

Connect

We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. 

Website

Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/chiropracticforward/

Chiropractic Forward Podcast Facebook GROUP

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1938461399501889/

Twitter

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtc-IrhlK19hWlhaOGld76Q

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chiropractic-forward-podcast-chiropractors-practicing/id1331554445?mt=2

Player FM Link

https://player.fm/series/2291021

Stitcher:

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-chiropractic-forward-podcast-chiropractors-practicing-through

TuneIn

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About the Author & Host

Dr. Jeff Williams – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & VloggerBibliography

Lourida I, H. E., Littlejohns TJ, (2019). “Association of Lifestyle and Genetic Risk With Incidence of Dementia.” JAMA 322(5): 430-437.

Stanton TR, M. G., Wong AYL, Kawchuk G, (2017). “Feeling stiffness in the back: a protective perceptual inference in chronic back pain.” Sci Rep 7(9681).

American Academy of Family Physicians Warming To Chiropractic For Chronic Pain & Evidence Behind Supplements

CF 111: American Academy of Family Physicians Warming To Chiropractic For Chronic Pain & Evidence Behind Supplements

Today we’re going to talk about how the American Family Physicians may be warming up to chiropractic for chronic pain and what supplements actually have some evidence behind them.

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music


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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around. 

We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers.

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Like our facebook page, 
  • Join our private facebook group and interact, and then 
  • go review our podcast on iTunes and other podcast platforms. 
  • We also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com
  • While you’re there, join our weekly email newsletter. No spam, just a reminder when the newest episodes go live. Nothing special so don’t worry about signing up. Just one a week friends. Check your JUNK folder!!

Do it do it do it. 

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #111

Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Dry Needling vs. Massage and even more importantly, we talked about the topic of “What is your exit number?”. What are you looking to get out of it all in the end? I feel like there were points made in there that could really get you to contemplating and thinking going forward. So, make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

That reminds me, did you know that you can use our website as quite a resource? I do it all of the time. If you think I can keep every one of these papers in my noggin and pull them out of my brain files on demand, that’s a big nope. But I can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever I want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points. 

On the personal end of things…..

Rinse and repeat man, rinse and repeat. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, then you know life has been crazy and there’s no slow down in site. 

Some really positive stuff happening though too. For example, I was interviewed for two different articles in Chiropractic Economics recently. They published an article called “Chiropractic for prevention: the latest research on maintenance care” by Michele Wojciechowski. Michele used my comments exclusively in this article and that’s just a big honor. 

I remember when I was new in practice. I remember reading articles in Dynamic Chiropractic and Chiropractic Economics and thinking that would be cool to be in that one of these days. Now…..now…I’ve been fortunate enough to be in Reader’s Digest, on the ACA Blog a couple of times, and now Chiropractic Economics. It’s pretty damn exciting and it’s an honor. 

Thank you Michele for finding value in my comments and sharing them with everyone else. I’ll leave a link to that article at this point in the show notes if you’re interested in giving it a read through. 

Other than that, my family and I took a quick ski-cation to Red River, New Mexico. If you haven’t been, look it up. Here’s why we like Red River, First thing, it’s close. For a Texan to be able to just drive about 4 hours and be in the mountains, that’s pretty exciting. 

Next thing, it’s just gorgeous. And, the ski slope comes right down into the town so you don’t have to drive out to a mountain which is nice. 

Let’s talk about why I retired from skiing myself though shall we? This may make you think a bit about some of the stuff you do in your offtime. Maybe it won’t but it’s important to think about things which is the whole point of me bringing it up.

I used to ski a lot back in high school and junior high. I was pretty decent at it too. Then I went off to play football and be a college kid. Well, Louisiana for a bit and Dallas for a bit…..those areas aren’t very conducive to learning to snow ski. It’s too damn far. Especially when you’re still a kid and broke as hell. Skiing just doesn’t happen at that point in life unless you have parents taking you. I didn’t.

So then you start life and you’re building a business and there’s never time to go then either. 

Well by the time I got back around to going skiing again, I hadn’t done it in about 20 years give or take. So, i got a private coach for a morning just to get me back on that bicycle and rocking and rolling again. I have to tell you, it was hard as hell!! It was NOT like riding a bike. Nothing at all like it as a matter of fact!!

But, I took it slow, I didn’t fall at all, and was fairly happy with my progress over the weekend. HOWEVER, I got to thinking when I got home. I went back to work and had about 45 patients that next day. What if I had twisted a knee, broken and elbow, or dislocated a shoulder while I was skiing? What would I have done?

You know this sounds stupid when you say it but, “They call them accidents because you don’t plan them.” But you can avoid them sometimes. I got to thinking long and hard enough about the risk vs. rewards for continuing to ski and……honestly, on paper, it wasn’t worth the risk. 

So, I retired. Maybe if I had an associate. Maybe I could make more sense of it but, the truth is, I don’t have an associate. It’s just me although I’m thinking of hiring one just as soon as it makes sense. Anyway. I took the kids skiing while the wifey and myself enjoyed the mountains, some brewskis, and some playoff football games. 

What are you involved in as far as physical activity outside of your practice that puts you at risk and puts your ability to earn a living at risk? Do you have disability insurance? Life insurance? Long term care insurance? I have all of that. Do you need it?

Start thinking about these things. Certainly, the more successful you get and the busier your practice gets. Risking an injury just might not be worth it at some point. 

Before we dive into the reason we’re here, it’s good to support the people that support evidence-informed practitioners. Well, ChiroUp certainly does just that. 

If you don’t take advantage of the deal I’m about to offer you, I think you just might be crazy.

Regular listeners know I’ve used ChiroUp for well over a year now. I’m going to tell you want it is and then share a way to do a FREE TRIAL and, if you sign up, only pay $99/month for the first six months. So listen up!

ChiroUp is changing the way we practice by simplifying patient education and here’s what I mean: 

In a matter of seconds, you can send condition-specific reports to your patients with recommendations for treatment, activities of daily living, & for their exercises. 

This saves you so much time – no more explaining & re-explaining your patient’s care because they have access to it right there at their fingertips. 

You can be confident that your patients are getting the best possible care because the reports and exercises are populated based on what the literature recommends and isn’t that reassuring? All of that work has been done FOR you by people that are deep into the research. 

There are more than 1000 providers worldwide using ChiroUp to empower their treatments, patients, & practice.

If you don’t know what it’s all about or you’d like to check it out, do yourself a favor and go to Chiroup.com today to get started with your FREE TRIAL and, to sweeten the deal, you can use code Williams99 to pay only $99/month for your first 6 months

That’s ChiroUp.com and super saver code is Williams99.

Item #1

Let’s start with this one from American Family Physician. I got this one from one of my amazing colleagues, Dr. Craig Benton down in Lampasas, TX. It’s called “Nonpharmacologic therapies can improve chronic pain outcomes” authored by Michael Devitt and was published in American Academy of Family Physicians on January 15, 2020(Devitt M 2020). Damn it’s hot…..

Not a research paper but more of an article in their publication but has plenty to do with chiropractic. 

They set the stage here by pointing out that chronic pain is something that can cause people to go to extreme measures just to get the pain to go away. Or at least lighten up. They say this includes potentially harmful behaviors like drug and alcohol misuse and/or abuse. 

Then this article in the American Family Physicians journal starts to highlight and promote the nonpharmacologic treatment modalities that are available to family physicians. Honestly, did you think you’d ever see the day? Ever? The battle isn’t over by any stretch of the imagination but research is gradually, inch by inch, turning the tide. 

They say these modalities include simple methods like massage and heat as well as more complex therapy like acupuncture and chiropractic manipulation. They called us ‘complex’ and I’m taking that as a compliment. Lol. What we do can damn sure be complex. 

They say that these nonpharma strategies aren’t only effective for decreasing pain and improving function, but can also be effective for reducing longer-term adverse effects such as substance use disorders and suicide attempts. THAT’S A BIG DAMN DEAL. 

In fact, I got one word, two syllables….day-um. 

One researcher, the lead author from an active-duty US Army service study said “Chronic pain is associated with adverse outcomes such as substance use and suicidal thoughts and behavior,” said Esther Meerwijk, Ph.D., M.S.N., a statistician at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California. She added, “It made sense that if nondrug treatments are good at managing pain, their effect would go beyond only pain relief. However, I was surprised that the results of our analyses held, despite our attempts to prove them wrong.”

Despite our attempts to prove them wrong! Haven’t they been trying to prove us wrong for generations now? Lol. I always say that with all of the powers against us, if we were wrong, if we were ineffective, we would have been wiped out years ago. 

In one of her projects, they reviewed the records of more than 275,000 active-duty service members reporting chronic pain.

They combed through their files to determine whether they had received any of 13 nonpharmacologic therapies after their deployment. Those therapies were acupuncture or dry needling, biofeedback, chiropractic care, cold laser therapy, exercise therapy, lumbar supports, massage, osteopathic spinal manipulation, other physical therapy, superficial heat, traction, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and ultrasonography. 

After crunching all of the numbers and outcomes here’s what they came up with:

Specifically, service members who received nonpharmacologic therapies were

  • 8% less likely to experience new-onset alcohol and/or drug use disorders;
  • 12% less likely to experience suicidal ideation;
  • 17% less likely to experience a self-inflicted injury, including attempted suicide;
  • 18% less likely to intentionally poison themselves with opioids, related narcotics, barbiturates or sedatives; and
  • 35% less likely to accidentally poison themselves with the same types of drugs.

The researchers acknowledged several limitations in their research. For example, although most nonpharmacologic therapies were provided after service members were diagnosed with chronic pain, the authors could not determine whether those nonpharmacologic therapies were used specifically to treat that pain.

In the news release, Meerwijk also explained that her team did not study the effects of individual nonpharmacologic therapies.

“We treated them as one,” she said. “Most likely, only some of the therapies that we included are responsible for the effect that we reported, whereas others may have had no effect at all, assuming there’s no other variable that explains our findings.”

Despite these limits, the authors expressed confidence in their research methods and findings.

“Our results suggest that (nonpharmacologic therapies) provided to active-duty service members with chronic pain may reduce their odds of long-term adverse outcomes,” they concluded in the study. “Given known associations of these adverse outcomes with morbidity and mortality, providing (nonpharmacologic therapies) to service members with chronic pain could potentially save lives.”

I’ve been hearing this crashing tidal wave coming. It’s not here yet. But the roar is approaching and it sounds like sweet sweet music to me ears. 

Item #2

I’m going to do everything I can to boil this sucker down and strip it to the bare bones without it getting too long or boring. This one is called “Evidence-based supplements for the enhancement of the athletic performance” by Peeling, et. al(Peeling P 2017). and published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2017. 

The authors wanted to put together a review focusing on the available evidence based for performance supplements commonly used in sports and summarizing the when’s and the how’s around their uses.

The ysay there is robust evidence that the following supplements can enhance sports performance when used according to established protocols. 

So let’s motor through this like poop through a goose, shall we?

  1. Caffeine -There exists a lengthy research history on caffeine supplementation across a range of performance protocols, including endurance-based situations, resistance training exercise, short-term supramaximal efforts, and/or repeat-sprint tasks. Reported benefits of caffeine include benefits include adenosine receptor antagonism, increased endorphin release, enhanced neuromuscular function, improved vigilance and alertness, and a reduced perception of exertion during exercise. Low to moderate doses of caffeine (∼3–6 mg/kg BM), consumed 60 min pre exercise, appear to have the most consistent positive outcomes on sports performance in research situations, although a variety of other protocols (as mentioned above) also appear beneficial, and are practiced in real-life. Of note, athletes who intend to use caffeine as a performance aid should trial their strategies during training or minor competitions, in order to fine-tune a protocol that achieves benefits with minimal side effects.
  2. Creatine – widely-researched supplement, with creatine monohydrate (CM) being the most common form used. Creatine loading can acutely enhance the performance of sports involving repeated high-intensity exercise (e.g., team sports), as well as the chronic outcomes of training programs based on these characteristics (e.g., resistance or interval training), leading to greater gains in lean mass and muscular strength and power. When accepted creatine monohydrate supplementation protocols are followed, the expected increase in intramuscular creatine stores is likely to enhance lean mass, maximal power/strength, and the performance of single and repeated bouts of short-term, high-intensity exercise.
  3. Nitrate –  The authors say Nitrate is a popular supplement initially found to improve oxygen uptake kinetics during prolonged submaximal exercise. Great sources are Leafy green and root vegetables (i.e., spinach, rocket, celery, beetroot, etc.
  4. Beta-Alanine – The paper says this is one of the immediate defenses against the accumulation of protons in the contracting musculature during exercise. I can also tell you that this is just something I never nerded out on. Lol. Not my cup of tea but I like to offer something for everyone here at the Chiropractic Forward Podcast. They say it can improve tolerance for maximal exercise bouts lasting 30 s to 10 min and provide small yet significant benefits in both continuous and intermittent exercise tests. Basically, it’s used in order to augment high-intensity exercise performance ranging from 30 s to 10 min in duration.
  5. Sodium Bicarbonate – benefits are generally seen in short-term, high-intensity sprints lasting ∼60 s in duration, with a diminishing return as the effort duration exceeds ∼10 min. However, greater benefits may be realized (>8% improvement) with a greater number of repeated sprint bouts

Go to our show notes at chiropracticforward.com if you’d like to get dosing information and all the little technical tidbits. It’s really interesting. Even to an orthopedic guy like me although, its technical enough to make my eyes glaze over as well. 

There are several others listed in the paper as well but the authors point out that the evidence for their effectiveness is much less clear. They are Sodium citrate, Phosphates, and Carnitine.

Even though that stuff is not my cup of tea, it’s good to know, it’s good to have as a reference, and it’s good to pass on to you because many of you actually do nerd out on that stuff and thank God for that. That means I can call people like you and ask what the hell. On the other hand, if it’s something I nerd out on like orthopedics, you can call me and say what the hell?

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I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.

When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….

That’s Chiropractic!

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Bibliography

Devitt M (2020). “Nonpharmacologic Therapies Can Improve Chronic Pain Outcomes Reductions in Drug Misuse, Suicide Attempts Reported.” AAFP.

Peeling P, B. M., Paul S, (2017). “Evidence-based supplements for the enhancement of athletic performance.” IntJ sport Nutrition Exercise Metabolism 28(2): 178-187.

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