Chronic Pain

Upregulated Central Nervous System & Shared Decision Making With The Patient

CF 245: Upregulated Central Nervous System & Shared Decision Making With The Patient Today we’re going to talk about Upregulated Central Nervous System & Shared Decision Making With The Patient. 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, look down your nose at people 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. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s an excellent educational resource for you AND your patients. It saves you time putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #245 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Recognizing Cervical Artery Dissection. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Things are clicking along pretty normally for a chaotic clinic. Today, let’s talk a little about your relationships with your employees before we get to the research.  Everyone has different styles of owning or managing their clinics and staff. Mine has always been to treat them like family. Honestly, we spend more time with our staff than we do with our own families. So why not have friendly and almost family-like relationships with them? Why the hell not? I don’t want awkward forced relationships with the people I’m with every day all day. I want fun, happy, and friendly relationships. With people I look forward to seeing every day. 

My staff is hilarious and we have a lot of fun together. 

I’ll give you a little story as an example. My office manager is getting married in September. Probably about the time this episode goes live. She had her wedding shower on August 13th at her mother’s house. It wasn’t the regular boring old wedding shower. They had drinks, men and women, cornhole, and beer pong in the back yard…..you get the picture. Pretty much my entire staff of 12 or 13 was there. Which is nice. They feel like family to an extent. That’ll warm your heart, right? Well, I’m of the age that beer pong wasn’t ‘a thing’ in my college years. We played simple games like quarters or something like that. Anyway, I went to the wedding shower. My wife actually helped host it and run it all. She made a huge table full of charcuterie items and it was just all very well done. 

So that’s point #1; she felt close enough to us to not only want us at her wedding shower but to have my wife help host it.  Then, after gifts were opened and a few filtered out, everyone moved to the backyard and played cornhole and beer pong. My office manager made me be her teammate for a game of beer pong. Now, I told her I can’t play with drinks because I was driving so I just sipped on one beer while we played.  Turns out, I actually have a little talent for beer pong. We won the first game against her fiancee and Boom! Instant respectability amongst the kiddos. 

So, point #2; when your staff likes you and wants you to participate in aspects of their personal life, I say you just do it.  You build friendship, loyalty, camaraderie, and trust the more you just say, “Yes.” Play beer pong. Even when you don’t want to or don’t know how to play it. It’ll pay off in the long run.  If you feel differently, let me know. Send me an email at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com I want your opinion so I can share with the collective. 

OK, on to the research. 

 

Item #1

Our first one is called “Does shared decision making results in better health related outcomes for individuals with painful musculoskeletal disorders? A systematic review” by Christopher et. al. (Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme 2017) published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2017. 

Why They Did It

Shared Decision-Making (SDM) is a dynamic process by which the health care professional and the patient influence each other in making health-related choices or decisions. SDM is strongly embedded in today’s health care approaches and is advocated as an ideal model since it renders individuals more control over the health care they choose to receive, and has been shown to improve patient outcomes. The goal of this systematic review was to investigate the added value of SDM on clinical health-related outcomes in patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

How They Did It

PubMed and CINAHL. To be considered for review, the study had to meet all the following criteria: (1) prospective studies that involved treatment decision-making;  (2) randomized controlled trial design;  (3) involving patients faced with having to make a treatment decision;  (4) comparing SDM with a control intervention and  (5) including one or more of the following outcome measures: well-being, costs, health-related pain or disability measures, or quality of life.

What They Found

We did not find a single study that looked at the true effect of SDM on patient-reported outcomes in a population with musculoskeletal pain.

Wrap It Up

For the management of painful musculoskeletal conditions, in the light of the current evidence (none), we estimate that it would be wise to explore the effectiveness of SDM before forcing its large-scale implementation in rehabilitation. Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com & get $50 off your purchase. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. I love it, my patients love it, and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it.

Item #2

The last one is called, “Mechanisms of chronic pain – key considerations for appropriate physical therapy management” by Courtney et. al. (Carol A. Courtney 2017) and published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in March of 2017.  Rather than a full-blown research project, this one is more of an informational article with some future direction. 

They say the following: “In the last decades, knowledge of nociceptive pain mechanisms has expanded rapidly. The use of quantitative sensory testing has provided evidence that peripheral and central sensitization mechanisms play a relevant role in localized and widespread chronic pain syndromes.  In fact, almost any patient suffering from a chronic pain condition will demonstrate impairments in the central nervous system. In addition, it is accepted that pain is associated with different types of trigger factors including social, physiological, and psychological.  This rationale has provoked a change in the understanding of potential mechanisms of manual therapies, changing from a biomechanical/medical viewpoint, to a neurophysiological/nociceptive viewpoint. 

Therefore, interventions for patients with chronic pain should be applied based on current knowledge of nociceptive mechanisms since determining potential drivers of the sensitization process is critical for effective management.  The current paper reviews mechanisms of chronic pain from a clinical and neurophysiological point of view and summarizes key messages for clinicians for proper management of individuals with chronic pain.”

Now, I don’t know exactly where you’ve been hearing this since 2019. Oh, wait, yes I do. Here!

 

You’ve been hearing it here and research is catching up.  I didn’t invent this stuff, of course. And I’m no smarter than everyone else. I just happened to take the course for the Diplomate of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and was taught by Drs. Anthony Nicholson and Matthew Long in that course and THEY are on the cutting edge.  They are the reason I’ve been preaching this stuff for so long now. They’re the reason my patients get better at the rate they do. 

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is 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 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.

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About the Author & Host Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger  

Bibliography

Carol A. Courtney, C. F.-d.-l.-P. S. B. (2017). “Mechanisms of chronic pain – key considerations for appropriate physical therapy management.” Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 25(3): 118-127.  

Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme, S. C., Derek Clewley, Leila Ledbetter, Christian Jaeger Cook & Chad E Cook, (2017). “Does shared decision making results in better health related outcomes for individuals with painful musculoskeletal disorders? A systematic review.” Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 25(3): 144-150.  

Chiropractic Adjustments To Avoid Other Procedures & Male Vets With Chronic Pain

CF 243: Chiropractic Adjustments To Avoid Other Procedures & Male Vets With Chronic Pain Today we’re going to talk about Chiropractic Adjustments To Avoid Other Procedures & Male Vets With Chronic Pain 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. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • Last thing real quick, we also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #243 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about effectiveness Of the Neck Exercise For Disc Herniation and Supine vs. Prone MRIs. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

We have been flying all over the place this year. Honestly, I’m making up for lost time during the pandemic. 3 trips already to Florida this year for Kevin Christie’s MCM Mastermind group and another in November to meet the crew in Key Largo. Pumped about that one! As a part of the Forensics diplomate, I go to Chicago every October so we’ll be up there in a couple of months.  Not to mention trips to Texas Chiropractic Association functions. There are at least two a year for that. One in June and one in February or March.  Now, with my VoiceOver career going little bananas, I have a vo conference that I just go back from in Dallas and one in Atlanta in March.  And then anything we want to do that is not work-related. Like, go to Vegas on September 8th to see Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett. Can I get a hell yes from my fellow 80’s kids? Plus, I want to start visiting some of the practices of the docs in the MCM Mastermind. I’m interested in seeing what they do to make them so efficient and so successful. I can always learn from others. 

This brings up a point; have any of you considered identifying you colleagues that are highly productive and very successful and asked them if you can go and hang out and visit for a day or two just to see what they do that you could possibly implement in your own clinic? We can sit in a mastermind and exchange ideas and processes but at the end of the day, it’s when you see it all in action that it sticks and effects change in how you practice and how you manage your patients. 

So, I want to start fitting in some trips when I can find some space. Right now, I’m not sure where the heck I can make it fit to be honest. But, it is an investment in my company and in my clinic so I’m going to see if I can make it happen, regardless.  I’ll keep you updated. Getting a mentor is key folks. Even if the mentor come in the shape and form of several of your colleagues. 

Item #1 This first one is called “Chiropractic Clinical Outcomes Among Older Adult Male Veterans With Chronic Lower Back Pain: A Retrospective Review of Quality-Assurance Data” by Davis, et. al. (Davis BA 2022) and published in Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in June of 2022, Kapow!! That’s got some heat on it. 

Why They Did It The purpose of this study was to determine whether a sample of older adult male U.S. veterans demonstrated clinically and statistically significant improvement in chronic lower back pain on validated outcome measures after a short course of chiropractic care.

How They Did It

  • There were 217 individuals who met the inclusion criteria. 
  • We performed a retrospective review of a quality-assurance data set of outcome metrics for male veterans, aged 65 to 89 years, who had chronic low back pain, defined as pain in the lower back region present for at least 3 months before evaluation. 
  • We included those who received chiropractic management from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2018. 
  • Paired t tests were used to compare outcomes after 4 treatments on both a numeric rating scale (NRS) and the Back Bournemouth Questionnaire (BBQ). 
  • The minimum clinically important difference (MCID) was set at 30% change from baseline.

What They Found

  • The mean NRS score change from baseline was 2.2 points, representing a 34.1% reduction.
  • The mean score change for Back Bournemouth Questionnaire was 14.7 points, representing a 35.9% reduction. 
  • The percentage of participants reaching the minimum clinically important difference for the NRS was 57% and for the Back Bournemouth Questionnaire was 59%, with 41% of the sample reaching the minimum clinically important difference for both the NRS and Back Bournemouth Questionnaire.

Wrap It Up

This retrospective review revealed clinically and statistically significant improvement in NRS and Back Bournemouth Questionnaire scores for this sample of older male U.S. veterans treated with chiropractic management for chronic low back pain. Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! It’s live again. Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com to get $50 off your purchase. Y’all, it makes a world of difference. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. My patients love it and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it. Hear me now and believe me later.

Item #2

This last one is great and is called, “Three Patterns of Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Back Pain and Their Association With Imaging Studies, Injection Procedures, and Surgery: A Cohort Study of Insurance Claims” by Anderson, et. al. (Anderson BR 2021) and published in Journal Of Manipulative And Physicological Therapeutics on November 1, 2021, and it’s just hot enough!

Why They Did It The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between procedures and care patterns in back pain episodes by analyzing health insurance claims.

How They Did It

  • They performed a retrospective cohort study of insurance claims data from a single Fortune 500 company. 
  • The 3 care patterns analyzed were initial spinal manipulative therapy, delayed spinal manipulative therapy, and no spinal manipulative therapy. 
  • The 3 procedures analyzed were imaging studies, injection procedures, and back surgery. 
  • They considered “escalated care” to be any claims with diagnostic imaging, injection procedures, or back surgery. 
  • Modified-Poisson regression modeling was used to determine relative risk of escalated care.
  • There were 83 025 claims that were categorized into 10 372 unique patient first episodes. 

Wrap It Up

  • For claims associated with initial episodes of back pain, initial spinal manipulative therapy was associated with an approximately 30% decrease in the risk of imaging studies, injection procedures, or back surgery compared with no spinal manipulative therapy. 
  • The risk of imaging studies, injection procedures, or back surgery in episodes in the delayed spinal manipulative therapy group was higher than those without spinal manipulative therapy.

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  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.

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About the Author & Host Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger  

Bibliography

Anderson BR, M. S. (2021). “Three Patterns of Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Back Pain and Their Association With Imaging Studies, Injection Procedures, and Surgery: A Cohort Study of Insurance Claims.” J Man Manip Ther 44(9): P683-689.  

Davis BA, D. A., Golley DJ, Chicoine DR (2022). “Chiropractic Clinical Outcomes Among Older Adult Male Veterans With Chronic Lower Back Pain: A Retrospective Review of Quality-Assurance Data.” J Chiropr Med 21(2): 77-82.    

Change Your Mind About Pain

CF 239: Change Your Mind About Pain Today we’re going to talk about changing your mind when it comes to pain and how looking at it differently can help our patients get in control of it. 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. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • Last thing real quick, we also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #239 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Benzopdiazapines and Mirror Therapy. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Folks, not a lot going on right now in practice. It seems like I’m just in a holding pattern of sorts at the moment. You’ve probably heard me mention that we’ve been slower lately. For whatever reason. That’s true. I’m not sure why. The economy, gas prices, who knows?

This week though, sitting here on a Monday morning, and counting, I have 162 patients set up for the week and we know more will jump in as the week progresses. That’s 17 new patients set up so far this week as well. That will usually bump up to about 23-25 if I’m guessing.  Whack-a-mole people. So, now that numbers are back on the rise, another hole will appear in the bucket. Another mole will pop up and have to be whacked on the noggin with my oversize sledgehammer. 

So what’s it going to be?

Patients failing to stay on their schedules because we didn’t have the time available to educate them about the schedule? Not chasing A/R with any real intention? Where’s it going to be? Who knows? It’s always a great mystery but, as one thing improves, the pipes start busting elsewhere. 

You better believe I have my eyes out too. At the ChiroTexpo event in Frisco a few weeks ago, I met a vendor that does billing, chases A/R, and things of that nature. They’re spending this week auditing our EHR billing records to make sure we’re up to speed and on target.  I’m paying particular attention to the report of findings. I don’t do anything elaborate but when I get in a hurry, I tend to simply gloss right over it and keep scooting.

Not this time. Being in the Florida Mastermind has helped me slow down and give it the importance it deserves.  And patient care will not take a step back regardless so….. We’ll see where the next a-hole mole comes popping up but believe me, I’m waiting and ready with binoculars!! Alright, let’s dive in

Item #1

Our first one this week is called, “A clinical perspective on a pain neuroscience education approach to manual therapy” by Louw et. al. (Adriaan Louw 2017)and published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy on May 22, 2017 It’s 5 years old but I included it because it’s relevant to a lot of what I teach and talk about here on the podcast.

Before we get into these two papers today, I want you to understand that I don’t for a second discount the biomedical aspect of pain and I fully believe hands-on chiropractors are in an amazing spot and well-placed to handle the biopsychosocial pain model. But only if we understand it and know how to leverage our tools in our favor.  Otherwise, we make it worse. 

Why They Did It

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in pain neuroscience education (PNE) in physical therapy. There is growing evidence for the efficacy of PNE to decrease pain, disability, fear-avoidance, pain catastrophization, limited movement, and health care utilization in people struggling with pain. So what is PNE? PNE teaches people in pain more about the biology and physiology of their pain experience including processes such as central sensitization, peripheral sensitization, allodynia, inhibition, facilitation, neuroplasticity and more. 

PNE’s neurobiological model often finds itself at odds with traditional biomedical models used in physical therapy.  Traditional biomedical models, focusing on anatomy, pathoanatomy, and biomechanics have been shown to have limited efficacy in helping people understand their pain, especially chronic pain, and may in fact even increase a person’s pain experience by increasing fear-avoidance and pain catastrophization.  Trust me, from the stories I get from my patients, the traditional bio-medical model doesn’t just cause catastrophization, it causes downright fear and terror in some patients.  An area of physical therapy where the biomedical model is used a lot is manual therapy. I would add chiropractic to the discussion here as well. 

This contrast between PNE and manual therapy has seemingly polarized followers from each approach to see PNE as a ‘hands-off’ approach even having clinicians categorize patients as either in need of receiving PNE (with no hands-on), or hands-on with no PNE. In this paper, the authors explored the notion of PNE and manual therapy co-existing. 

PNE research has shown to have immediate effects of various clinical signs and symptoms associated with central sensitization. Using a model of sensitization, they argue that PNE can be used in a manual therapy model, especially treating someone where the nervous system has become increasingly hypervigilant. You guys and gals….if you have chronic pain patients, you have to start listening and paying attention to central sensitization, upregulated central nervous systems, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, yellow flags, fear avoidance, catastrophization, oh my.

Seriously, if these terms are unfamiliar to you, please do yourself and your patients a favor and go get the smarts. You can start the smarts right here in our podcast episodes. I talk about this stuff non-stop and have been for years here so dive in. 

It’s not one thing over the other. Either….or. It’s a broad management protocol that includes PNE, SMT, exercise, massage, yoga, tai chi, low level laser, and some other stuff all piled on top. Oh, and a good provider that communicates in a hopeful and encouraging manner.  Put the puzzle together. Start by getting the smarts. And quit being confusion as the kids would say. Do research about it. Lol. 

 

Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! It’s live again. Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com to get $50 off your purchase. Y’all, it makes a world of difference. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. My patients love it and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it. Hear me now and believe me later.

 

Item #2

The second one is called “Changes in psychosocial well-being after mindfulness-based stress reduction: a prospective cohort study” by Hill et. al. (Renee J. Hill 2017) and also published in The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy on May 4, 2017.  Again, yes, old man river here as far as research goes but relevant 

Why They Did It

The primary purpose of the current study was to assess the effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program, facilitated by non-psychologist clinicians, for improving psychosocial well-being.  A secondary purpose of the current study was to explore the role of self-compassion as a potential underlying factor for improvements in emotional distress.

How They Did It

  • 130 participants with a variety of medical complaints completed an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program at Vanderbilt. 
  • Before treatment and at the 8-week time point, participants completed measures for emotional distress, stress, mindfulness, and self-compassion. 
  • Linear model estimation using ordinary least squares was used to evaluate the association between changes in self-compassion with changes in emotional distress.
  • I’m not going to lie….I’m ignorant of that last part. Made be feel stupid. Which, of course, isn’t hard to do. 

What They Found

  • Following mindfulness-based stress reduction, participants reported significant reductions in emotional distress. 
  • Additionally, participants reported improvements in mindfulness and self-compassion. 
  • Linear regression model revealed that changes in self-compassion were significantly associated with changes in emotional distress.

Start getting the smarts. Research at least once per day. 

Alright, that’s it.

Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  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. 

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Bibliography

Adriaan Louw, J. N. E. J. P. (2017). “A clinical perspective on a pain neuroscience education approach to manual therapy.” Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 25(3): 160-168.

Renee J. Hill, L. C. M., Li Wang & Rogelio A. Coronado, (2017). “Changes in psychosocial well-being after mindfulness-based stress reduction: a prospective cohort study.” Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy 25(3): 128-136.      

Chronic Pain Talk & Thoughts

CF 237: Chronic Pain Talk & Thoughts Today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics; Chronic Pain.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #237 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about how You Are What You Eat & Screen Time For Kids. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 the personal end of things…..

I just don’t have a lot to report on the personal end of things. We’re a little slower lately. I think it’s because gas prices are sky freaking high and you have to take out a small loan just to fill up your vehicle. I think it’s depressing for a lot of folks.  Any time there is confusion or uncertainty with the economy, people pull back. Understandably. Unfortunately, many see chiropractic as an extra and when people are trimming the budget, chiropractic, and healthcare in general, get trimmed and we take a hit.  I think that’s what’s up right now.

I’ve talked to a couple of my colleagues in the Dallas area and there are feeling the same dial-back in business. I am used to about 45-50 on a Monday. This week, we have 35. I don’t dig it. Especially when I know I’m marketing and doing the smart stuff. It’s discouraging.  But, at the end of the day, there are things out of our control, and rolling with the flow is all we can do. Be moral, ethical, honest, loving, evidence-based, and patient-centered, and treat people right. That’s what good and successful practices should consist of. Those build the base, the foundation of big things in life and in business. 

Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, that Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! It’s live again. Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com to get $50 off your purchase. Y’all, it makes a world of difference. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. My patients love it and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it. Hear me now and believe me later.  

Item #1

This one is called “Manual physical therapy for chronic pain: the complex whole is greater than the sum of its parts” by Coronado et. al. and published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2017.  They say that “Manual physical therapists can effectively treat patients with chronic pain and other musculoskeletal disorders; however, the field is at a crossroads. The traditional approach to manual therapy assumes that proper technique selection and precise implementation is the primary driver of a successful outcome.  In this view, the resultant outcomes are directly attributed to the applied intervention. 

They go on, “We propose manual physical therapists will only be recognized as ideal providers for individuals with chronic pain if we accept an updated paradigm acknowledging the complexity of the manual physical therapy experience and accept the robustness of varying contextual elements inherent in our interactions. For some clinicians, this will require a revolutionary shift in their perception of the development, maintenance, and modulation of pain “

You may have heard me say that I’m teaching a 2-hour course called “Chronic Pain And The Upregulated CNS” and this paradigm shift isn’t anywhere near where it will need to be. The information I’m teaching is brand new to 90% of the providers from my experience.  “Pain is an experience orchestrated by dynamic sensory, cognitive, and affective processes and is strongly influenced by patient’s expectations (AKA Yellow Flags), mood, desires, and past experiences.

Limiting pain perception to a peripheral impairment is outdated and a more comprehensive, albeit complex, approach to manual therapy accounts for a myriad of interacting factors impacting chronic pain outcomes” “A comprehensive approach acknowledges the impact of patient and therapist factors, which not only include personal and condition-specific patient characteristics, but also the cultural biases, beliefs, and experiences of both the patient and therapist” “Additionally, this view acknowledges the interaction between patient and manual physical therapist, which may yield important outcome contributions, either directly (as in….what techniques we use) or indirectly (like addressing the yellow flags).” “Finally, this approach acknowledges the integration of targeted adjunct interventions such as psychosocial strategies and exercise that may (1) enhance the effectiveness of manual therapy for reducing the impact of pain, and/or (2) promote and maintain positive behavioral change”

We know that when people are sedentary, they have deeper depression, pain, and anxiety. Sleep issues and mood disorders. This is well-researched. On the other hand that movement and exercise reverse these things. Less depression, less anxiety, more fitness, better sleep, and less pain as the CNS becomes more comfortable with the movement and becomes more and more functional. 

Pain signals and signals of all sorts run through a filter before they are felt…..or not felt at all. That filter can amplify the signals or dampen them. It’s no longer a straight biomedical view we take. It’s the biopsychosocial construct we use to approach pain now and if we only look at the bio part, we are cheating our patients out of 2/3 of the effectiveness we could have for them.  In the end, if your CNS thinks it should hurt, it will. Regardless of whether there is tissue pathology or not. On the other hand, if your tissue is completely jacked up but the CNS determines there is no danger or threat, it will not hurt. Moseley and Butler lay it out straight like that in their book called Explain Pain. 

They say it’s as simple and as difficult as that. 

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

Store

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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.

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The Inflammatory Response’s Effect On Chronic Pain & The Entry Point For Low Back Pain

CF 235: The Inflammatory Response’s Effect On Chronic Pain & The Entry Point For Low Back Pain Today we’re going to talk about the inflammatory response’s protection from chronic pain, which is fascinating.. and we’ll talk about where patients should be starting their journey for low back pain.  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. 

  • Go to Amazon and check out my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and your patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • Last thing real quick, we also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #235 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Chiropractic saving Medicare patients money and adverse events and a better position for preventing strokes when adjusting the neck. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I had a big weekend in Frisco, Tx. If you don’t know where Frisco, TX is, it is basically North East Dallas. It’s the home of the Dallas Cowboys training facility. It’s where all of the people you hear about moving to Texas are moving to. The place has growth that is just almost unreal.  They have to be continually building high schools and highways because they can hardly keep up with their growing population.  Anyway, it was the location of the Texas Chiropractic Association’s annual state convention, which is called ChiroTexpo. 

This year, I was asked to teach a 2-hour course. My course is called Chronic Pain And The Up-regulated Central Nervous System. Those of you that are regular listeners here are probably familiar with some of what I cover in the course. My main goal for attendees of my course is more responsible in managing of their patients and more responsible in communicating with them.  I’m trying to kill the habits some have of catastrophizing imaging findings and scaring patients into a ton of treatment by using harmful words, phrases, and analogies.  I had a patient last week whose primary told her that her spine was like a dry twig from osteoporosis.

Seriously?

The daughter was scared to death and the patient didn’t want to move an inch because she had a picture in her mind that her spine was going to start splintering. How awful.  But, you get what I’m saying. I’m trying to use guidelines and research to show why words matter and how we can help solve more chronic pain patients’ issues through good communication and broad management protocols.  So there. Good times in the metroplex.  I got to meet a lot of folks and hang out with some buddies. I got to see Mike Massey from Tennessee. He was speaking on Mastering Medicare. I got to hang out with Jay Greenstein and have some dinner and drinks. He was in town speaking on technology in the profession.

Excellent as always.

I hung out and had dinner with Brandon Steele, his wife and daughter, and my other good friend Craig Benton from Lampasas Texas. I also spent plenty of time with my regular TCA family, Tyce Hergert, Devin Pettiet, Max Vige, Bill Lawson, the new President of the TCA and Todd Whitehead, the new Secretary/Treasurer of the TCA, and always a favorite, Stephen Foster who is the President of Texas Chiropractic College. What a wonderful individual. TCC is fortunate to have him at the helm. 

These connections are important to me and I value them greatly.  I also got to meet a couple of fellow speakers and get to know them better. Kristi Hudson from ChiroHealthUSA out in Mississippi. She’s just got amazing good vibes and energy. You can tell when people are good at heart and she’s great. I also met Dr. Cindy Howard, a functional medicine mastermind, ninja, and Jedi. She’s just simply a force to be reckoned with. Very impressive, excellent attitude, and a new connection I’m excited to have made. 

On top of all of that, I won an award at the awards gala. I won the Executive Director’s award which is amazing and quite an honor.  So, overall, it was a great weekend. I’m recovering from all of the festivities but it was well worth it and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Again, it’s mid-June 2022 and I’m still looking for a chiropractor to come in here and treat in my clinic and grow my clinic. If interested, send me an email and a CV to creekstonecare@gmail.com please.

I want to get to know you. But, understand, I’m a go-getter. You’ll need to be as well. But for the right person, this might be the place you’ll want to spend the rest of your career. 

Alright, let’s dive in. But before we do, let’s pay some bills real quick. 

Doctors:  I’ve been telling you about a system that once obtained will help you get more  PI cases.  This system was created by an attorney who exclusively handles accident cases. He got tired of lame approaches by doctors wanting his referrals, so he created this system to teach you how to get the attention and then the love of PI attorneys.  You know these cases are the GOLD of our business.  Very few no-shows, full payment … not health insurance caps or Medicare or Medicaid. Go to: http://www.gettingpicases.com/cs Over 500 doctors nationwide are now using this system…. don’t be left out…  improve your practice, gain free time because of the added income you’ll realize, and appreciate that the attorney, Paul Samakow, is still offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee …  if you give his ideas a fair shake and it doesn’t work, he’ll refund your money…  you have nothing to lose here…

Go to:  http://www.gettingpicases.com/cs

Item #1

The first one is called “Acute inflammatory response via neutrophil activation protects against the development of chronic pain” by Parisien et. al. (Parisien M 2022) and published in Science Translational Medicine on May 11 of 2022 and it’s a hot potato, coming through. 

Why They Did It

They say, “The transition from acute to chronic pain is critically important but not well understood. Here, we investigated the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic low back pain” On a quick side note, there is the suggestion that neuroplasticity may partially explain the slip from acute to chronic. Isn’t it an interesting thought; tissue has a healing time? If we can get the pain to cease after healing occurs, thus preventing the slip from acute to chronic….imagine how much time, money, and suffering we save the system. Low back pain is the leading cause of disability globally and I would venture a guess that the vast majority of that pain is not acute. It’s chronic. 

How They Did It

  • They performed the transcriptome-wide analysis in peripheral immune cells of 98 participants with acute LBP, followed for 3 months.
  • Transcriptomic changes were compared between patients whose LBP was resolved at 3 months with those whose LBP persisted

What They Found

  • They found thousands of dynamic transcriptional changes over 3 months in LBP participants with resolved pain but none in those with persistent pain. 
  • Transient neutrophil-driven up-regulation of inflammatory responses was protective against the transition to chronic pain. 
  • In mouse pain assays, early treatment with a steroid or NSAID also led to prolonged pain despite being analgesic in the short term; such a prolongation was not observed with other analgesics. 
  • Depletion of neutrophils delayed resolution of pain in mice, whereas peripheral injection of neutrophils themselves prevented the development of long-lasting pain induced by an anti-inflammatory drug.

Wrap It Up

Analysis of pain trajectories of human subjects reporting acute back pain in the UK Biobank identified elevated risk of pain persistence for subjects taking NSAIDs. Thus, despite analgesic efficacy at early time points, the management of acute inflammation may be counterproductive for long-term outcomes of LBP sufferers. You can’t tell me that’s not somewhat exciting. I also read an article last week asking if we’re close to curing cancer and, based on some more recent results from the immunotherapy strategies they’re using and studying, they’re optimistic that an end for a lot of cancers may be in sight. 

That’s worth having some excitement over. If we can cure cancer and figure out how to prevent pain from slipping into chronic pain…..damn. Imagine how our world changes. Almost immediately. I’m a dreamer and I’m dreaming right now. What a party that’ll be if they can get it done.  Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, that Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! It’s live again. Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com to get $50 off your purchase.

Y’all, it makes a world of difference. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. My patients love it and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it. Hear me now and believe me later.

Item #2

The last one today is called, “Where to start? A two-stage residual inclusion approach to estimating the influence of the initial provider on health care utilization and costs for low back pain in the US” by Harwood et. al.   (Harwood 2022)and published in BMC Health Services Research on May 23, 2022 and that’s hotter than Texas in June and July.  For real, folks. It was already hitting 105 and 108 in Amarillo and Dallas this last weekend. That’s nuts. 

Why They Did It

Diagnostic testing and treatment recommendations can vary when medical care is sought by individuals for low back pain (LBP), leading to variation in quality and costs of care. We examine how the first provider seen by an individual at initial diagnosis of LBP influences downstream utilization and costs.

How They Did It

  • They used national private health insurance claims data on  3,799,593 individuals, 
  • Subjects were individuals aged 18 or older 
  • They were retrospectively assigned to cohorts based on the first provider seen for their low back pain
  • They excluded those with back pain, serious conditions, or opioid script in the 6 months prior to the study
  • Outcome measures included imaging, back surgery rates, hospitalization rates, emergency department visits, early- and long-term opioid use, and costs (out-of-pocket and total costs of care). 

What They Found

  • Cost and utilization varied considerably based on the first provider seen by the patient. 
  • The frequency of early opioid prescription was significantly lower when care began with an acupuncturist or chiropractor, and highest for those who began with an emergency medicine physician or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). 
  • Long-term opioid prescriptions were low across most providers except physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and APRNs. 
  • The frequency and time to serious illness varied little across providers. 
  • The total cost of care was lowest when starting with a chiropractor ($5093) or primary care physician ($5660), and highest when starting with an orthopedist ($9434) or acupuncturist ($9205).

Wrap It Up

The first provider seen by individuals with LBP was associated with large differences in health care utilization, opioid prescriptions, and cost while there were no differences in delays in diagnosis of serious illness. Frequency and time to serious illness varied little across providers and the total cost of care was the lowest when starting with a chiropractor.  Superhero sounds engaged. 

 

Boom, snap, slap, kachow, frickin’ face chop. 

So why in the holy mother of common sense are we not being flooded with pain patients coming from the medical community? How is it possible? We keep seeing papers just like this. This just happens to be the newest one. We’ve seen multitudes of this same result.  Evidence-based and patient-centered chiropractic saves money, get patients equal or better outcomes, patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care, and we save the patient and the system money. 

That’s it, the end of the story. It’s time for a profession that acts as they stand on the shoulders of mother evidence and research….like the medical profession, for example….. to begin paying attention to its own damn research and making it mandatory for spinal and joint pain patients to go to an evidence-based, patient-centered chiropractor first for 2 weeks before they even think of making a different move.  If they’re not doing that, they’re 100% ignoring just about every bit of research I’ve seen on this topic in the past 10 years.

Dr. Christine Goertz once told me that it takes on average 18 years for research to filter down to the everyday provider in the field.  So…..just like 8 more years before our offices are inundated, right? That is if they don’t cure chronic pain first.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

Store

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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.

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About the Author & Host Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger  

Bibliography

Harwood, K. J., Pines, J.M., Andrilla, C.H.A., (2022). “Where to start? A two stage residual inclusion approach to estimating influence of the initial provider on health care utilization and costs for low back pain in the US.” BMC Health Serv Res 22(694).  

Parisien M, L. L., Dagostino C, (2022). “Acute inflammatory response via neutrophil activation protects against the development of chronic pain.” SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE 14(644).    

The Complexity & Treatment of Chronic Pain

CF 224: The Complexity & Treatment of Chronic Pain Today we’re going to talk about manual therapy for chronic pain the complexities within.  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 a  round.  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. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #224 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Kids’ Mental Status & Zero Calorie Drinks. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Still no real results on trying out the lead generation marketing that I’ve spoken about recently. We’ve tweaked it and will continue seeing if we can make a go of it. Polls have shown it and I forget. Every now and then I recall; people aren’t nearly as interested in wellness and talk about maintenance or preventative. They want RELIEF from pain points. 

As chiropractors, we want them to care about wellness and maintenance, and prevention. But they don’t. Pain is a hell of a motivator. In fact, it’s unmatched as the main motivator. Does that mean there aren’t amazing wellness clinics? Of course not. There are but they’re more the unicorn than the run-of-the-mill horse trotting around. 

Also, more recently, I have a new competitor in town that is copying everything I am doing. Copying my providers and copying my services. But, severely discounting everything. To the point of embarrassment. The Joint is one thing. They serve a specific gap. ‘I feel great. No issues. Just wanna be popped.” They serve that demographic and I can make sense of their discounted rate. They aren’t solving problems there.  But this place that’s copying me now, they are solving problems. Or at least trying to. And charging $29 for that first visit with the exam and all of the rigamarole. That’s rubbish, garbage, clown stuff right there.

I hope the type of chiropractor that listens to this podcast knows better than that. Knows what that does to our industry.  Have you noticed that when a chiropractor owns the clinic, charges are pretty appropriate? When someone that is not a chiro owns it, services are devalued to an embarrassing point. Either that or the chiro is desperate.  All of it equals devaluing what we do. It’s poor form.

My least expensive adjustment is $45 US American Greenback Benjamins. It took me some years to start valuing my service. Now, thanks to research and guidelines and colleagues and mentors, I understand the value, the time, the education, the work, the responsibility, and the effort.  

Hell with anyone that wants to sell an exam, x-rays, report of findings, and adjustment for $29. That’s the way I see it. Pick up your game and be better.   as well.

You’ll be hearing more about it in upcoming episodes.  We all know that the number one type of case that we want is a personal injury case.

Remember, I just said pain is the motivator and if you don’t know why personal injury patients are so valuable, you haven’t been paying attention.  They are gold because the clients are more compliant, and we get paid at rates far above insurance or Medicare or Medicaid. The patient’s attorney tells them to go for treatment because it enhances their legal case and gets them more money.

But we know that if they aren’t moving from the start, recovery from pain and getting back to normal might not happen at all. We can help these patients so much and medical practices in most markets are turning them away now.  The problem is, how do we get PI cases?  Attorneys don’t generally respond to your invitation for lunch. And let’s face it, they’re a tough bunch. I have the answer.

An attorney I recently connected with has put together a system, that is both in written and video form, that shares how to approach attorneys and get them to send their PI clients to you. I checked it out personally and I like it. Attorney Paul Samakow is an attorney teaching how to speak to attorneys. His system costs $997 and he guarantees satisfaction or your money back. You have to check this out.  Even if you only get one case, you’ve made at least 4 or 5 times the investment. Just one of my PI cases averages $3000-$3500 for example. It’s a win-win. 

Go to gettingpicases.com/cs ‘C’ as in cat and ’S’ as in sweet. 

That’s gettingpicases.com/cs

One more time so you get it right:   gettingpicases.com/cs

Alright, let’s get on with the research, shall we?

Item #1

This one is called “Manual physical therapy for chronic pain: the complex whole is greater than the sum of its parts” by Coronado et. al.  (Rogelio A. Coronado & Joel E. Bialosky 2017)and published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in June 12 of 2017 and that is not hot. It’s not in the freezer. But it’s not hot. 

Why They Did It

They start by saying that chronic pain affects nearly one-third of the American population. That’s pretty stout, yeah? And sitting here 5 years later, we know that it’s only gotten worse.  Then they pop out with something fairly powerful. They say, “For manual physical therapists to play a key role in the management of individuals with chronic pain conditions, simply being a safer option is not good enough. Instead, we must practice in an effective manner as well. Manual physical therapists can effectively treat patients with chronic pain and other musculoskeletal disorders; however, the field is at a crossroads.

The traditional approach to manual therapy assumes that proper technique selection and precise implementation is the primary driver of a successful outcome [10,11]. In this view, the resultant outcomes are directly attributed to the applied intervention. A similar perspective on intervention may be witnessed in traditional medicine when, for example, a pharmaceutical agent is prescribed to manage cholesterol or blood pressure, or a surgical approach is elected based on abnormal imaging findings. We propose manual physical therapists will only be recognized as ideal providers for individuals with chronic pain if we accept an updated paradigm acknowledging the complexity of the manual physical therapy experience and accept the robustness of varying contextual elements inherent in our interactions.  For some clinicians, this will require a revolutionary shift in their perception of the development, maintenance, and modulation of pain [12].

Pain is an experience orchestrated by dynamic sensory, cognitive, and affective processes and is strongly influenced by patient’s expectations, mood, desires, and past experiences. Limiting pain perception to a peripheral impairment is outdated and a more comprehensive, albeit complex, approach to manual therapy accounts for a myriad of interacting factors impacting chronic pain outcomes.”

What did the five fingers say to the face? Slap!!

That was like Will Smith Rocking Chris Rock…..

“Maladaptive neuroplastic changes are evident in patients presenting with chronic pain conditions, suggesting intriguing targets for effective treatments. “Pain sensitivity can serve as a proxy measure for central sensitization – a phenomenon that may impact prognosis and treatment response – and perhaps provide a more effective therapeutic target for treating patients with chronic pain” How many times have you heard me talk about upregulation and pain sensitization?? This is it, right here.  Patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain often report co-existing psychosocial complaints known to worsen their prognosis and limit the effectiveness of interventions.

Manual therapists are in need of clinical strategies to minimize the influence of negative psychosocial factors and boost positive thinking and outlook. Just a diagnosis with zero treatment has been shown to be helpful. How many times have you heard that words matter?? With our words alone, we can push someone into chronic pain or bring them more toward the surface. 

“Manual therapy is often a component of a comprehensive treatment package and multiple interventions may interact to influence clinical response.” – exactly – a broad management approach and not one single intervention solve the puzzle.  “Patient education is an important component of a manual physical therapy interaction and the manner and content of education, specifically related to pain, can greatly influence treatment effectiveness. “ – If you’re not properly educating and explaining without the catastrophization and doctor dependency garbage we see in our profession, then you’re missing the boat and doing more damage than good.  “Manual physical therapists should recognize the multidimensional nature of chronic pain as well as the complex interactions of contributing factors accounting for manual therapy-related treatment effects.

Continuing to attribute an effective manual physical therapy intervention to the correction of a peripheral impairment is too simplistic and prevents conscious attempts to augment contributing factors known to enhance outcomes in patients with chronic pain. While perhaps a safer avenue than opioids, we believe the continuation of an outdated approach to manual physical therapy will result in suboptimal provision of care.” While this is geared to PTs it’s speaking to us chiros equally and we better pay attention because, in my learning and in my experience, it’s hitting every nail right on the head. 

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   

Purchase Dr. Williams’s book, a perfect educational tool and chiropractic research reference for the daily practitioner, from the Amazon store TODAY!

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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 https://www.chiropracticforward.com

Social Media Links https://www.facebook.com/chiropracticforward/

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About the Author & Host Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger    

Bibliography

Rogelio A. Coronado & Joel E. Bialosky (2017). “Manual physical therapy for chronic pain: the complex whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” J Man Manip Ther 25(3): 115-117.        

Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain

CF 214: Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain Today we’re going to talk about Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain” 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. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • Last thing real quick, we also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com
You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #214 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about the Easy, Cheap Way To Fix Cervical Curvature & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.    On the personal end of things….. Short ans sweet today folks becauuse I have just 3 days to fit in 5 days of work. Come Thursday, I’m off to Delray Beach, FL. Now that sounds amazing and all vacation-y right?/ Well it’s bidniz. I’m taking my wife and duaghter so it’s vacation-y for them but for me, I was invited to be part of a nationwide chiropractic mastermind. To help each other solve their problems, to network, and to conquer. And that’s the stuff I love being a part of. I can’t wait to put the things I learn into effect here in my cliniic and I can’t wait to help someone else that can maybe learn something from me. Who knows what they can learn from me? Guitar maybe. Lol So, the front desk girl I bragged on. She got a better job I guess. Working only 3 days a week and making the same money. Can’t blame her. I jsut got the back office staff filled and now to fill the front desk.  Time’s are tough folks. But that’s OK. I’ve been at it 24 years. No keeping this old dog down. I was here far before any staff and I don’t plan on going anywhere any time soon.  So, off to Indeed I go to find a new employee.  Let’s get on with the show so I can go hire someone.    Item #1 The first one this week is called ‘Association between sedentary behavior and low back pain; a systematic review and meta-analysis” by Mahdavi, et. al. (Mahdavi SB 2021) and published in Health Promotion Perspective in 2021 so that means it’s steamy hot.    Why They Did It Sedentariness is a substantial risk for many chronic diseases. We aimed to investigate the correlation of sedentary behavior and its indicators with low back pain (LBP) among adults and children   How They Did It
  • Original articles published up to April 28, 2020, using PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and Scopus were evaluated
  • We reviewed 49 English articles with analytical observational study design, of which, 27 studies with cross sectional/survey design were retained in the meta-analysis
  What They Found
  • Among adults, sedentary lifestyle was a considerable risk factor for LBP; prolonged sitting time and driving time were the significant risk factors. 
  • Sedentary behavior was associated with LBP in office workers. 
  • Moreover, excess weight and smoking were associated with LBP. 
  • Among children, sedentary lifestyle was a remarkable risk factor for LBP; prolonged TV watching and computer/mobile using and console playing time were significant risk factors for LBP. 
  Wrap It Up Sedentary behavior, whether in work or leisure time, associates with a moderate increase in the risk of LBP in adults, children and adolescents.   Item #2 The last one this week is called, “Decoding the mystery of American pain reveals a warning for the future” by Case et. al. (Case A 2020) and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America in September of 2020.    Why They Did It There is an expectation that, on average, pain will increase with age, through accumulated injury, physical wear and tear, and an increasing burden of disease. Consistent with that expectation, pain rises with age into old age in other wealthy countries. However, in America today, the elderly report less pain than those in midlife. This is the mystery of American pain.   How They Did It Using multiple datasets and definitions of pain, we show today’s midlife Americans have had more pain throughout adulthood than did today’s elderly.   What They Found Disaggregating the cross-section of ages by year of birth and completion of a bachelor’s degree, we find, for those with less education, that each successive birth cohort has a higher prevalence of pain at each age-a result not found for those with a bachelor’s degree.  Thus, the gap in pain between the more and less educated has widened in each successive birth cohort.  The increase seen across birth cohorts cannot be explained by changes in occupation or levels of obesity for the less educated, but fits a more general pattern seen in the ongoing erosion of working-class life for those born after 1950.  If these patterns continue, pain prevalence will continue to increase for all adults; importantly, tomorrow’s elderly will be sicker than today’s elderly, with potentially serious implications for healthcare. Dayum…..I know I need to get an associate in here because my back hurts all the damn time and I don’t have time to be running around town looking for a chiropractor that can fit me in.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   

Purchase Dr. Williams’s book, a perfect educational tool and chiropractic research reference for the daily practitioner, from the Amazon store TODAY!

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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 – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger   Bibliography Case A, D. A., Stone AA., (2020). “ecoding the mystery of American pain reveals a warning for the future.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 117: 24785-24789.   Mahdavi SB, R. R., Vahadatpour B, Kelishadi R, (2021). “Association between sedentary behavior and low back pain; A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Health Promot Perspect 11(4): 393-410.    

Easy, Cheap Way To Fix Cervical Curvature & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain

CF Ep. 213: Easy, Cheap Way To Fix Cervical Curvature & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain Today we’re going to talk about Easy, Cheap Way To Fix Cervical Curvature & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music    

Purchase Dr. Williams’s book, a perfect educational tool and chiropractic research reference for the daily practitioner, from the Amazon store TODAY!

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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. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into  sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
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On the personal end of things…..

Alright, no…it’s not just you….I’m a little slower than normal right now. For most of us, that’s the nature of the beast. We just slow down in January because most of us take insurance and most of those plans re-set in January. People haven’t met their deductibles. They don’t like to spend their own money.  And that’s OK. Speaking from 24 years of experience, it’s normal and you’ll start seeing it pick back up around mid to late February. Definitely by March.  Like I sadi last week, this is the time that we start playing catch up and taking care of all of the stuff that’s been sitting on the back burner.  So start dusting off that stack on your desk and working through it while you have the time.    I want to be honest. Which I always am. I think I’m in a mid-life crisis. I’m tired of replacing employees. Re-hiring, etc. I’m tired of the same old questions we get from patients. I’m tired of dealing with the day-to-day stuff I’ve dealt with. Some of you will love what you’re doing so much that you’ll want to die in your office at 84 years old working on someone. 

And wouldn’t that be an awful experience for the patient? Just as a side thought. Lol. 

Anyway, that’s not me. When I’m answering the question about why someone’s neck is hurting for the umpteenth time, the call for more freedom of time gets stronger.  And stronger and stronger.  That’s the reason that over the last few years I have started cultivating the side gigs. The exit strategy. Looky here; I write and perform music, I paint, I draw, I play the guitar, I build furniture, I sculpt, I throw the discus and want to compete in old man track meets, and I love spending time with my family and traveling.  So…how the hell do you do all of that while you’re in a clinic all day every day your entire life? The answer is….you don’t. You don’t do the things that feed your soul. You either don’t do them at all, or you don’t do them very often.

Until you’re 65 or so for most people. Well, I don’t plan on being most, folks. So, how do you own the practice instead of the practice owning you? Great question. I don’t know but here are some of the avenues I’m using to try to walk the path. 

  • Specialization and Board Certification
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate chiropractor – If you’re interested in working for me, email me folks. dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com I’m looking. 
  • Real Estate Investing
  • Voice Over
  • Authorship
  • Speaking and Mentoring

In fact, I have a big presentation coming up at the Texas Chiropractic Association’s MidWinter Conference in Lubbock, TX on February 18th. It’s called Chronic Pain And The Upregulated Central Nervous System. I’m in the process of building that talk as we speak.  If that sounds like something your group or association could use, email me at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com and let’s connect.

I’d love to come present for you and your peeps. 

So, anyway, I do all kinds of things. But those are the biggies.  Get your exit number in place. Even if you’re brand new. You gotta have your loans paid. You gotta have your retirement finances in the process. You gotta have investments working. Once that’s handled, what is the exit number that would make you secure to make your exit.  Or to make a Hybrid Exit. What’s that exactly? A Hybrid Exit would look different for different folks. For one person that might mean treating patients 2 days per week. For others, it might mean strictly being the owner but exiting patient treatment completely. It could mean a million things but, at the price point some of us make per year, it can be difficult to build enough side gig to replace that income.  For me, just looking at the numbers and potential, while keeping risk mitigation in mind, real estate seems the quickest way when you combine that with the clinic integration and hiring an associate chiro. Combining these three may get me there.  Then you throw in this voice-over blessing that I started last year…..wow. That was out of nowhere, was a complete surprise, and an amazing blessing. Voice over, by itself, has more than funded the down payment and the furnishing of our very first short-term rental house and investment I’ve been mentioning more and more recently. 

Let’s be honest though, you don’t have to be in voice-over to invest. You just have to keep the overhead down and save up enough for a downpayment. The rest will take care of itself. And the earlier you start, the faster you get there. I’m 49 and wish I’d had this mentality at 29. Damnit. 

But it’s never too late to start taking better care of your future, your physical health, and your mental health. That’s where I’m at.  I’ll keep updating you. 

Item #1

This first one is called “The Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Pain and Disability in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial” by Cholewicki et. al. (Cholewicki J 2021) and published in PM&R on October 31, 2021.

Aye chiwawa!

Why They Did It

Neck pain (NP) affects as much as 70% of individuals at some point in their lives. Systematic reviews indicate that manual treatments can be moderately effective in the management of chronic, nonspecific NP. However, there is a paucity of studies specifically evaluating the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). The authors wanted to evaluate the efficacy of OMT in reducing pain and disability in patients with chronic NP. And I’m glad they are because they’re right, there is a paucity of research on neck pain. Low back gets all the attention while neck pain…..treating neck pain is the main thing we chiros get beat up over. So why the hell not knock out a ton of high-level research on chiro, manipulation, and neck pain while continuing to highlight the low risk of adverse effects for its treatment? Can we finally get past this chiropractors cause strokes issue? Is there increased risk? Sure. But that doesn’t mean we go arounnd causing them. There are bad patients that shouldn’t be worked on and there are bad chiros that are far too rouugh. But for the most part, its not dangerous whatsoever.  Take the UFC for example

How They Did It

  • Single-blinded, cross-over, randomized controlled trial.
  • University-based, osteopathic manipulative medicine outpatient clinic.
  • 97 participants, 21-65 years old, with chronic, nonspecific NP
  • Participants were randomized to two trial arms: immediate OMT intervention or waiting period first. 
  • The intervention consisted of 3-4 OMT sessions over 4-6 weeks, after which the participants switched groups.
  • Primary outcome measures were pain intensity (average and current) on the numerical rating scale and Neck Disability Index.
  • 38 and 37 participants were available for the analysis in the OMT and waiting period groups, respectively

What They Found

  • The results showed significantly better primary outcomes in the immediate OMT group for reductions in average pain, current pain, disability, and improved secondary outcomes related to sleep, fatigue, and depression. 
  • No study-related serious adverse events were reported.

Wrap It Up

OMT is relatively safe and effective in reducing pain and disability along with improving sleep, fatigue, and depression in patients with chronic NP immediately following treatment delivered over approximately 4-6 weeks. One big thing here, this improvement was seen with 3-4 visits over 4-6 weeks. Shouldn’t that have been standardized and consistent from patient to patient? Like 4 visits over 6 weeks for example. Not a range. Next thing, this is about chronic pain. Is 3-4 visits over 4-6 weeks really enough to start addressing the issue of chronic pain? To introduce proprioception, movement, function, and all that good stuff?? No is the answer but, they still showed improvement. I’d love to see the outcomes in a design like this with a more robust and appropriate treatment schedule or frequency. 

Item #2 Thsi one is called “You don’t need expensive CBP BS protocols with biased research done by the stakeholders to entice the 9 out of 10 patients that naturally have a decreased cervical curvature into a 70 visit $5,000 treatment plan to fix a lack of cervical curve that a 20 year research project proved is no big deal anyway.  Oh wait….sorry….check that. The actual title is “Efficacy of Modified Cervical and Shoulder Retraction Exercise in Patients With Loss of Cervical Lordosis and Neck Pain” by Lee et. al. (Lee 2020) and published in Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine on May 29 2020 and it’s hot enough! Sorry for the mistake. I’ll try to pay more attention to the research paper titles. I’m undiagnosed ADD like that. I take the eye off the ball every here and there. I’ll try to tighten that up a bit. 

Anyway

Why They Did It

  • This research was done by medical doctors so there is no chiropractic bias to this lack of curvature research information. 
  • The authors say they wanted to explore if the modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program restores cervical lordosis and reduces neck pain in patients with loss of cervical lordosis.

How They Did It

  • This study was a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. 
  • Eighty-three patients with loss of cervical lordosis were eligible. 
  • The eligible patients were trained to perform the modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program by a physiatrist, and were scheduled for a follow-up 6 to 8 weeks later to check the post-exercise pain intensity and lateral radiograph of the cervical spine in a comfortable position. 
  • The parameters of cervical alignment (4-line Cobb’s angle, posterior tangent method, and sagittal vertical axis) were measured from the lateral radiograph.
  • Forty-seven patients were included.
  • The mean age was 48.29±14.47 years

What They Found

  • Cervical alignment and neck pain significantly improved after undergoing the modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program. 
  • The upper cervical lordotic angle also significantly improved. 
  • In a subgroup analysis, which involved dividing the patients into two age groups (<50 years and ≥50 years), the change of the sagittal vertical axis was significantly greater in the <50 years group

Wrap It Up

The modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program tends to improve cervical lordosis and neck pain in patients with loss of cervical lordosis. So……if we’re evidence-based and patient-centered, we are not taking advantage of others. We don’t see patients as sales targets. We aren’t seeing them as targets to close on. We aren’t seeing them with dollar signs in our eyes.  Rather, we are seeing them as human beings that are in our clinic to place full faith, trust, body, mind, physical well-being, and their entire futures in our hands.

If we are honoring this idea and honoring our patients, we are teaching them about this, we are teaching them about moving, we are teaching them how to self-manage at home, and we are doing what we can within a responsible and appropriate 2-4 treatment plan….give or take.  You know…..being a doctor and doing doctor stuff instead of doing street corner huckster stuff like I see so many fellow chiropractors doing.  It’s sad. We don’t have to put up with it in our profession. We just have to stop ignoring it and start calling it out and not putting up with it. We can run this behavior out of our profession. If we choose to. Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus.

The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is 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 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. 

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Bibliography

Cholewicki J, P. J., Reeves NP, DeStefano L, (2021). “The Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Pain and Disability in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial.”

PM R.   Lee, M., Jeon H, Choi J, Park Y, (2020). “Efficacy of Modified Cervical and Shoulder Retraction Exercise in Patients With Loss of Cervical Lordosis and Neck Pain.” ARM 44: 3.  

Pain And Clumsiness & Treatment Escalation

CF 202: Pain And Clumsiness & Treatment Escalation Today we’re going to talk about pain that causes clumsiness and we’ll talk about treatment escalation.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #202 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about breast plan illness and treating chronic pain centrally. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Things may have leveled out last week. We shall see. Still busy as can be but instead of 215 in a week, I believe last week was more around 185. This is exactly what we averaged weekly before COVID so I can live with that. I didn’t feel 100% overwhelmed. Tired, yeah. But not overwhelmed.  Let’s talk about the staff.  Have you ever hired a staff member that started out as a kid and just blossomed into something pretty darn special? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict these things? Unfortunately, hiring can be a bit of a crapshoot. The ones that look the best turn into clowns. Then you have the ones that are meh and stay meh. Then you have the ones you kind of aren’t sure about and they either sink or swim.  I found a swimmer.

I hired the daughter of one of my long-time friends. I didn’t want to hire her because I didn’t want to treat her differently because of my friendship with her mother and I also didn’t want to risk losing a friend because a problem popped up and I had to fire her daughter. Or something of that nature. You never know what’s going to happen but that was my thought process.  Anyway, she was the best applicant so I hired her. I had an office manager that had been there for roughly 11 years. She trained her up well. Her only job had been with Kohl’s so she’d been in retail and was only about 19 I think. Maybe 20. She was a kid. It took her a bit to settle in I think but once she did, she blossomed.  Fast forward a year or two and my long-time office manager got an offer for more money and she took it. This could have been catastrophic. But then this girl the had started as a kid stepped up and said, “I got it.” 

And no kidding…..she had it. She started marketing. She started setting up meetings with the staff where the weekly meetings and training had kind of fallen off. She started going to networking events. Now, a year after taking over as office manager, she’s the ‘go to’ for the entire office, she’s worked every position including billing and the front desk, and at 23 years old, I have every bit of confidence in that girl.  I told that story for no real reason but to just say ‘isn’t it a bit hinky?’ Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to bottle that up and figure out how to tell who’s going to crash and who’s going to soar? I know everyone has a different opinion on relationships in the office but my opinion, and my personality, is for my staff to be funny, professional, a little bit ornery, and a bit like family.

I care about my staff.  I root for them and they root for me. We tease each other non-stop but we are a family. I spend more time with those girls than I spend with my own family. That’s a big deal. Why would I want a boss-employee relationship with people I basically spend my entire life with? I’d rather them be bought in. Be like family. And when they’re no longer on my team, they’re still on the team to an extent because they became part of the family.  I could be wrong but of all of the people that have worked for me over the years, I can only think of maybe 3 that left on bad terms. Out of maybe 30 or more people.

That sounds like a high turnover rate but honestly, I’ve been in the job for 24 years almost and right now alone I have 13 employees. So, there have been plenty come and go over the years for different reasons. Going back to school, leaving to have babies, moving out of town. It is what it is. 

Most just don’t leave on bad terms and that’s the way I’d like to keep it. I hear horror stories about other chiropractors throwing fits, kicking furniture, yelling down at their staff, and basically acting like children in a grown-up’s body. That’s embarrassing for them.  Leaders come in all shapes and sizes but for me, funny, professional, friendly, respectful, and family sum it up. And love. I love most of the staff that has worked for me. Yes, I paid them.

But they also dedicated themselves to my clinic. That means something and I value it.  Alright, let’s hop in

Item 1    

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpain.2021.756771/full?fbclid=IwAR1LIiNtb03NVWKifKRNNnefXg2CYDjWcUynCfIFU3WcnoqzIX58m_Rzw3Y

This one is called “Does my neck make me clumsy? A systematic review of clinical and neurophysiological studies in humans” by Harman et. al. (Harman S 2021) and published in Frontiers in Pain Research on October 11, 2021 and that’s spectacularly steamy. 

 

Why They Did It

Clumsiness has been described as a symptom associated with neck pain and injury. However, the actuality of this symptom in clinical practice is unclear. The aim of this investigation was to collect definitions and frequency of reports of clumsiness in clinical studies of neck pain/injury, identify objective measures of clumsiness and investigate the association between the neck and objective measures of clumsiness.

How They Did It

Six electronic databases were systematically searched,  records identified and assessed including a risk of bias.  Heterogeneity in designs of studies prevented pooling of data, so qualitative analysis was undertaken. Eighteen studies were retrieved and assessed;  the overall quality of evidence was moderate to high.  Eight were prospective cross-sectional studies comparing upper limb sensorimotor task performance and ten were case series involving a healthy cohort only. 

What They Found

Clumsiness was defined as a deficit in coordination or impairment of upper limb kinesthesia.  All but one of 18 studies found a deterioration in performing upper limb kinesthetic tasks including a healthy cohort where participants were exposed to a natural neck intervention that required the neck to function toward extreme limits.

Wrap It Up

Alterations in neck sensory input occurring as a result of requiring the neck to operate near the end of its functional range in healthy people and in patients with neck pain/injury are associated with reductions in acuity of upper limb kinesthetic sense and deterioration in sensorimotor performance. Understanding the association between the neck and decreased accuracy of upper limb kinesthetic tasks provide pathways for treatment and rehabilitation strategies in managing clumsiness. In the Fellowship program for Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, we actually learned a great deal about this.

Which is why I’ve included it this week. We know that when sensory information comes in if there is an alteration in the signal or in it’s processing, there will be alterations in the motor portion of the sensorimotor capability leading to aberrant movements and motion.  What if incidental pops and clicks were due to faulty sensorimotor and aberrant movement? It can be due to instability, sure. But it can also be to a smudged brain map. We know that when patients have chronic low back pain, the brain map can be smudged. Our brains have a map of our bodies.

Every joint, its capabilities, and it’s limitations. Chronic pain smudges that map. We also know that a large portion of our proprioception and sensory information also comes from our deep upper cervical muscles. In combination with the inner ear and eyes.  It doesn’t take a stretch of imagination to see chronic pain, either in low back or neck, or neck dysfunction being the source of issues for balance, proprioception, and accurate motor function.  It’s all fascinating, folks! Good stuff. 

Item #2

https://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(21)00035-X/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email

This one is called “Risk of treatment escalation in recipients vs. non recipients of spinal manipulation for musculoskeletal cervical spine disorders; an analysis of insurance claims.” by Anderson et. al (anderson BR 2021) and published in June of 2021 so hot! 

Why They Did It

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between treatment escalation and spinal manipulation in a retrospective cohort of people diagnosed with musculoskeletal disorders of the cervical spine.

How They Did It

  • They used retrospective analysis of insurance claims from 2012-2018 from a single Fortune 500 company.
  • They categorized 58,147 claims into 7,951 unique patient episodes.
  • Treatment escalation included claims where imaging, injection, emergency room, or surgery was present.

What They Found

  • Treatment escalation was present in 42% of episodes overall: 2,448 (46%) associated with other care and 876 (26%) associated with spinal manipulation. 
  • The estimated risk of any treatment escalation was 2.38 times higher in those who received other care than in those who received spinal manipulation

Wrap It Up

Among episodes of care associated with neck pain diagnoses, those associated with other care had twice the risk of any treatment escalation compared with those associated with spinal manipulation.  In the United States, over 90% of spinal manipulation is provided by doctors of chiropractic; therefore, these findings are relevant and should be considered in addressing solutions for neck pain. Additional research investigating the factors influencing treatment escalation is necessary to moderate the use of high-cost and guideline-incongruent procedures in people with neck pain. So, how many times have you seen patients that had fusions that they should have never had?

Many or most times based on MRI images from MRI’s they probably should have never had. Conservative care first, folks.  Failure to respond to conservative care. Conservative care being spinal manipulative therapy, exercise, laser, massage, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, cognitive behavioral therapy, and I will add one from the anecdotal observation that is backed by non enough research….and that’s spinal decompression. I’ve never seen anything like it for discs and radiculopathy. Plain and simple.  Once those have been tried and failed, then you look at meds. Then you look at injections. Then you look at surgery. 

Understanding that cauda equina and progressive neurological deficits are really the main reasons for surgery. Pain, by the way, is not a reason for surgery.  No cauda equina? No altered sensory, motor, or reflexes? No surgery. 

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations.  So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is 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 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.

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Bibliography

Anderson BR, M. W., Long CR, (2021). “Risk of Treatment Escalation in Recipients vs Nonrecipients of Spinal Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Cervical Spine Disorders: An Analysis of Insurance Claims.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 44(5): 372-377.

Harman S, Z. Z., Kendall J, Vindigni D, Polus B, (2021). “Does My Neck Make Me Clumsy? A Systematic Review of Clinical and Neurophysiological Studies in Humans.” Front Pain Res 2: 756771.      

Breast Implant Illness & Treating Chronic Pain Centrally

CF 201: Breast Implant Illness & Treating Chronic Pain Centrally

Today we’re going to talk about breast implant illness and then we’ll talk about chronic pain and new research around treating it centrally vs. peripherally.  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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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #201 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about the state of chiropractic through ChiroUp and Chiropractic Economics. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Last week, you heard me mention spending time in Chicago at the American Council of Chiropractic Consultants and Chiropractic Forensic Sciences conference. I also mentioned getting to hang out with Dr. Michael Massey and talked a little about who Dr. Massey is and what he does. What I failed to mention is that he and Dr. Rob Pape, together, started a practice management group called Practice Mechanics. Along with that, they have a Practice Mechanics podcast and they had me on as a guest recently.  It was a lot of fun and it was me answering questions rather than asking them. It was really just a great conversation about the profession, this podcast, the book I recently released, my future goals, and all kinds of other goodies. Go to the Practice Mechanics podcast and pull the trigger on episode 10. Then sit back and laugh at my dumb answers!  It really was a great conversation and I was fortunate to have Mike and Rob bring me on and lead me through it. These last couple of months have truly been a whirlwind. As mentioned, I was just in Chicago.

At the beginning of September, I was in Washington DC.  In August we integrated with the nurse practitioner. Late August we got an intern from Parker College. Future doctor Drake Gardner from the Tulsa, OK area. Good dude with a bright future. Then, about early September our new patient per month count exploded and rose back to where it was back before the Rona invaded our lives. In fact, I broke a record. We had somewhere around 85-90 new patients in September. In just one week I had 31 new patients. By myself. And I do a thorough exam. It’s not one of those vitalistic  “live and die by the subluxation” knock down the high spot exams.

It’s not one of those exams oh crazy Chiro out in Oklahoma that tries to teach others to do like 9 new patients exams and 99 patients in 3 hours with one table. Durrr.

It’s one you would expect from an Ortho Diplomate.  Anyway, the point is not to brag but to say damnit…., I’ve been cooking. And cooking hot with gas. And also to discuss what happens when you get so busy you are running the risk of not being able to keep up.

When your schedule is full I have been told you need to either hire help or raise prices to thin the herd. How do we feel about that? I don’t know. I’m a capitalist. I don’t like turning away business. But I’m also empathetic. I don’t want to price myself out of the market and I don’t want people to wait a week to come to see me.

And….it’s only been this way for about 4 weeks. Who’s to say it’ll be this way in six months? I could hire someone and they stop piling in and then I’m screwed.  The safer bet is to raise prices a touch. You can always backtrack that by simply putting them right back where they were.

But here’s what’s going to happen. Nothing.

I’m going to be overworked and half crazy for a while until I am 100% clear that the surge in business is here to stay. Then I’m going to try to hire an associate. And I’ll be overworked like crazy until that happens. So work work work is on my horizon. I will try my best to continue this podcast as long as I can.

Right now, I’m having to type it up on a Saturday night because I simply won’t have time during the week. We’ll see how it goes. Right now, my commitment to pumping new episodes out every week is strong. I’d offer a Patreon page and maybe try to generate some income from the podcast itself but guess what? I don’t have time!! Lol.

This all sounds doom and gloom but it’s all good. I’m blessed. I hope you are blessed as well. Griping about busy makes a guy feel guilty. But I’m not griping about being busy. I’m griping about being overwhelmed and having no time to do the things I need to do every week outside of hands-on patient treatment.  That’s really what it comes down to. So stick with me. I’ll keep doing what ai do and we’ll see what comes of it, my friends.

What I do know is that I appreciate you all. Your time and attention to this podcast make it worth every second. That all turned out a little fussier than I meant. I’m usually very positive and I am positive. I’m just sharing what’s going on. I think I’m in a transition period basically. These points that stress us force us into change. My responsibility is to make certain that the change is positive and productive. 

Let’s dive in!

Item #1

The first one is called “Assessment of Silicone Particle Migration Among Women Undergoing Removal or Revision of Silicone Breast Implants in the Netherlands” by Dijkman et. al. (Dijkman HBPM 2021) and published in JAMA Open on September 20, 2021 and that’s a lotta hot!

First, if you don’t know anything about this topic, I think you might be shocked. 

Secondly, let’s talk about why I would include this paper on this podcast.

What does silicone breast implant leakage have to do with us as chiropractors? Well, one of my Facebook friends was openly discussing silicone leakage and illness and how she was getting her removed, and what a miserable time she had been having recently due to this leakage.  I’d never heard of this being an issue so I started looking into it a bit. While some older research was pretty meh about it all, more recent research has shown an association between silicone breast implants and certain autoimmune diseases.  Healthline says, “These studies suggest that silicone breast implants potentially raise your risk of developing an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, and sarcoidosis.”

They also add, “The World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have identified another possible  This relates breast implants to a rare cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). Additionally, breast implants are known to cause other potential risks such as:

  • scarring
  • breast pain
  • infection
  • sensory changes
  • implant leakage or rupture”

In addition to what Healthline shared, the body of this paper says, “Breast implant illness is used to describe various complications associated with silicone breast implants, ranging from brain fog, hair loss, fatigue, chest pain, sleep disturbances, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, chronic pain all over the body, and autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and fibromyalgia.” How many of these people do we see every day? So, it’s been on my radar way out on the periphery and when I saw this paper come through JAMA recently, it made sense to put it on your radar screens as well. How many patients do we have that could potentially be going through this and just never made the connection in their minds?

Why They Did It

To evaluate the existence of silicone gel bleed and migration over a long time period, including the period in which the newer cohesive silicone gel breast implants were used.

How They Did It

  • It was a single-center case series, 
  • Capsule tissue and lymph node samples were collected from women who underwent removal or revision of silicone breast implants from January 1, 1986, to August 18, 2020
  • Data were extracted from the pathological reports and revision of the histology if data were missing. 
  • All tissues were examined using standard light microscopy
  • A total of 365 women had capsular tissue removed, including 15 patients who also had lymph nodes removed, and 24 women had only lymph nodes removed. 
  • Exposures  Silicone breast implants.
  • The main outcome was presence or absence of silicones inside or outside the capsule. 
  • 389 women with silicone breast implants

What They Found

384 women (98.8%) had silicone particles present in the tissues, indicating silicone gel bleed.  In 337 women (86.6%), silicone particles were observed outside the capsule (ie, in tissues surrounding the capsule and/or lymph nodes), indicating silicone migration.  In 47 women (12.1%), silicone particles were only present within the capsule.  In 5 women (1.2%), no silicone particles were detected in the tissues.  Patients were divided into 2 groups, with 46 women who received cohesive silicone gel breast implants and 343 women who received either an older or a newer type of breast implant.  There were no differences in silicone gel bleed or migration between groups 

Wrap It Up

In this case series including women with noncohesive or cohesive silicone gel breast implants, silicone leakage occurred in 98.8% of women, indicating silicone gel bleed, and in 86.6% of women, migration of silicone particles outside the capsule was detected.  We did not see differences in silicone gel bleed or migration between women who received the newer cohesive SBIs and those who received noncohesive SBIs. So, now it’s on your radars and this info could give you another avenue toward helping your patients get out of pain. 

Item #2 Our last one today is called, “Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Ashar et. al. (Ashar YK 2021) and published in JAMA Psychiatry on September 29, 2021 and it’s bringing the heat! They say, “Approximately 85% of cases are primary CBP, for which peripheral etiology cannot be identified, and maintenance factors include fear, avoidance, and beliefs that pain indicates injury.” I talk to my patients every day all day about beliefs, hurt vs. harm, and fear avoidance. 

Why They Did It

To test whether a psychological treatment (pain reprocessing therapy [PRT]) aiming to shift patients’ beliefs about the causes and threat value of pain provides substantial and durable pain relief from primary chronic back pain and to investigate treatment mechanisms. PRT seeks to promote patients’ reconceptualization of primary (nociplastic) chronic pain as a brain-generated false alarm. PRT shares some concepts and techniques with existing treatments for pain rand with the cognitive behavioral treatment of panic disorder.

How They Did It

  • This randomized clinical trial with longitudinal functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and 1-year follow-up assessment was conducted in a university research setting from November 2017 to August 2018, 
  • There was a 1-year follow-up. 
  • Clinical and fMRI data were analyzed 
  • The study compared pain reprocessing therapy with a placebo treatment and with usual care in a community sample.
  • Participants randomized to pain reprocessing therapy participated in 1 telehealth session with a physician and 8 psychological treatment sessions over 4 weeks. 
  • Treatment aimed to help patients reconceptualize their pain as due to nondangerous brain activity rather than peripheral tissue injury, using a combination of cognitive, somatic, and exposure-based techniques. 
  • Participants randomized to placebo received a subcutaneous saline injection in the back; participants randomized to usual care continued their routine, ongoing care.

What They Found

Of 151 total participants, 33 of 50 participants (66%) randomized to PRT were pain-free or nearly pain-free at posttreatment,  That’s compared with 20% randomized to placebo  And 10% randomized to usual care.  Treatment effects were maintained at 1-year follow-up

Wrap It Up

The authors concluded, “Psychological treatment centered on changing patients’ beliefs about the causes and threat value of pain may provide substantial and durable pain relief for people with chronic low back pain.” This is why the American College of Physicians included cognitive behavioral therapy in their recommendations for first-line treatments for chronic back pain. You can have all of the issues you can imagine present on an x-ray but the main culprit resides in the noggin.  Ever heard of phantom limb pain? The pain lasted so long that the pain migrated more and more into the central, pain making part of the brain too.

They finally chopped off the peripheral problem; the limb. But it still hurt. They got rid of the peripheral source but did nothing to address the central source. THAT’S what we talking about when we mention the biopsychosocial aspect of pain. It’s no longer just a biomedical approach or issue. It’s much more when we talk about chronic pain. And it’s fascinating. 

Folks, it’s about the up-regulation or sensitized central nervous system in chronic pain patients. It’s about their beliefs about their current and future abilities. It’s about fear avoidance. It’s about de-conditioning. It’s about not understanding the difference between hurt vs. harm. It’s about them being mind screwed by healthcare practitioners that didn’t understand how to properly and optimistically relay findings and a diagnosis to them.  It’s about building them back up. 

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associaitons. So quite griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to better it. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is 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 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

  • Ashar YK, G. A., Schubiner H, (2021). “Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Psychiatry.  
  • Dijkman HBPM, S. I., Bult P, (2021). “Assessment of Silicone Particle Migration Among Women Undergoing Removal or Revision of Silicone Breast Implants in the Netherlands.” JAMA Netw Open 4(9).