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w/ Dr. Katie Pohlman – New Research, Upcoming Research, And the Need For It All

CF 147 w/ Dr. Katie Pohlman – New Research, Upcoming Research, And the Need For It All

Today we’re going to be joined by the one and only, research extraordinaire , Dr. Katie Pohlman. We’re going to talk about all kinds of research-related shenanigans so just you know that you are in the right place at the right time my friend.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #147.

Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about how chiropractic helped the VA cut opioid use among veterans and then we talked about diagnosing lumbar stenosis. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function

On the personal end of things…..

This week we have a guest you’ve heard me talk about plenty of times and I’m excited to have her with us so we won’t dwell on the my personal happenings too long here.   

First, we see numbers rising fairly significantly around my neck of the woods. Here in Texas, you can’t get anyone to take it seriously so we have folks walking around everywhere without a mask on. That tends to limit my interaction with people I don’t know. Of course, they’re required here in my clinic but going into a convenience store, that’s a different story. 

The last time I did that the clerk and myself were the only ones wearing them out of about 10 people. That’s a little distressing. To say the least. But, it is what it is. Darwinism is a real thing. Of course I don’t wish it on anyone and every loss is tragic. But there’s also the natural progression of Darwinism. Those that go by ‘heart’ and ‘opinion’ rather than science and self-preservation…..well, that’s a more dangerous course and I wish them all luck. In the end, regardless of how many get it, we’re looking at 98% of them coming through alright. No percentage guess on how many survive but suffer ongoing issues though. I haven’t heard numbers on that. 

Anyway, as far as the practice goes, we are clicking along and doing well. The new patient count is staying up there where it needs to be and the weekly visits will follow. Still around 145 last week though. I want to see that up around the 185 per week mark. Minimally. 

Then we can get back to paying down debt (aka school loans) and investing rather than paying the bills and surviving. Lol. lt’s good to pay the bills and survive but we should have bigger plans shouldn’t we? Investing and being debt free is key to the later part of life and it’s hard to do so when you’re down. 

Speaking of, I want to pass along some info to you guys and gals. I just finished up a book and decided I’d order 2 more off of Amazon to give out as gifts. The only other book I’ve ever done that with was one called The Easy Way To Quit Smoking by Alan Carr. I ordered several to loan out to my patients that are smokers. 

This book though was about investing. I have read financial books before but, if I’m being honest, getting into symbols and specifics and all…..it’s just not my forte. My wheelhouse exists elsewhere. Which sucks because being financially sound is key to all of our lives. 

Anyway, the book is called Quit Like A Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung. They’re a married couple with different last names. I don’t know. Young people these days do stuff different. Lol. Anyway, I am always skeptical about titles like that. Sure sure….quit like a millionaire. Riggghhhtttt. This book is different. When I said young people do things differently, these two really do. There are real, actionable steps here and I have to admit, even at 48 years old, I’m pretty jazzed about getting my numbers back up so I can jump in head first on some of these suggestions. 

They retired at 32 years old. She’s got the research and the numbers behind her and I’m impressed. If I can get started on it soon, I’ll talk about it and share my experiences with you as I go along. Until then, you might check her website at https://www.millennial-revolution.com/start-here/

Introduction

Enough of that, let’s get going with our guest today.  Welcome to the show, Dr. Pohlman. I appreciate you joining us today.

How are things at Parker University today?

Tell me why you became a chiropractor and then what it was that led you into the research side rather than the treatment side of the profession. 

Congratulations on being the ACA Researcher of the Year. Tell me, with all of the amazing researchers doing work in the profession right now, in your opinion, what made you the pick for the award this year. 

Let’s talk about your post at Parker University. Can you tell us about your day-to-day? For the research-minded listener out there in podcast land, what does the head of research at Parker do every day when you go into work?

I have a paper here that you were the lead author on called “Assessing Adverse Events After Chiropractic Care at a Chiropractic Teaching Clinic: An Active-Survellance Pilot Study” and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in August of 2020 so brand new stuff here(Pohlman K 2020). While unfamiliar with the other authors on the paper, I do recognize Dr. Greg Kawchuk. I got to see him speak last September in St. Louis at the Forward ’19 conference and wow….he’s an effective speaker to say the least. He’s a heavy hitter for sure. The stated objective here was to assess the feasibility of implementing an active-surveillance reporting system within a chiropractic teaching clinic and subsequently determining the frequency of adverse events after treatment is administered. Now pilot studies are basically the research before the research, right? So, what is down the road along these lines and why is this paper important to us?

Here is a quote from the conclusion of the paper that I think our listeners would find educational. You say, “Our preliminary findings identified that over 50% of patients had improved symptoms after a chiropractic encounter, whereas 8.9% of patients reported worsening symptoms and 5.0% reported new symptoms. Additionally, results from this study suggest that although most symptoms improve with care, there are symptoms that worsen or are new after care, which may not have been previously known to interns or practitioners.”

Another project you were an author on is called “Chiropractic Care of Adults With Postpartum-Related Low Back, Pelvic Girdle, or Combination Pain: A Systematic Review,” by yourself and Carol Ann Weiss et. al(Weiss C 2020). published again in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in again, August of 2020. It was a really busy August for you apparently! The objective of this one was to conduct a systematic review assessing the effectiveness of specific chiropractic care options commonly used for postpartum low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, or a combination of the two.  Can you lead us through the paper a little and talk about the abstract’s conclusion which says, “No treatment option was identified as having sufficient evidence to make a clear recommendation.”

The last paper I want to ask you about is one you were on that we covered way back in episode #68 and the paper was called “Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada.” It’s amazing how much wonderful research goes on in Canada, BTW. Anyway, it was published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in March of 2019(Manansala C 2019). This one was interesting to me because it highlighted the fact that spinal pain in young people has been established as a risk factor for pain later in their life. Basically, you all wanted to see how kids respond to chiropractic. I think most chiropractors find this to be obvious given our clinical observations but the conclusion of the paper was “the findings of th epresent study provide evidence that a pragmatic course of chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, and other modalities within the chiropractic scope of practice are a viable conservative pain management treatment option for young people.” What can you tell me about this paper? Did you learn anything new that you didn’t already know going into it?

Do you ever get tired of having a new paper come out? Is it exciting every time?

When I was at Forward ’19, I heard about a program for the first time. I had never heard of CARL before. It turns out that you are very involved. Can you tell us what it is and why it’s important?

What are you and your crew working on now? What’s coming down the line and what big questions are you hoping to get answers to?

Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Keep changing our profession from your little corner of the world. Keep taking care of yourselves and everyone around you. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it.

Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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The Message

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

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

It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventativly after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

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

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Bibliography

  • Manansala C, P. S., Pohlman K, (2019). “Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada.” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.
  • Pohlman K, F. M., Ndetan H, Hogg-Johnson S, Bodnar P, Kawchuk G, (2020). “Assessing Adverse Events After Chiropractic Care at a Chiropractic Teaching Clinic: An Active-Survellance Pilot Study.” J Man Physiol Ther.
  • Weiss C, P. K., Draper C, Silva-Oolup S, Stuber K, Hawk C, (2020). “Chiropractic Care of Adults With Postpartum-related Low Back, Pelvic Girdle, or Combination Pain: A Systematic Review.” J Man Physiol Ther.

 

Chiropractors Affected By COVID, 2019 Opioid Overdoses, Insurance Compensation For Chiropractic

CF 139: Chiropractors Affected By COVID, 2019 Opioid Overdoses, Insurance Compensation For Chiropractic

Today we’re going to talk about Chiropractors Affected By COVID, 2019 Opioid Overdoses, Insurance Compensation For Chiropractic

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.  

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Chiropractic’s Effect On Strength and More, Status of Muscle Relaxers, And The Best Recovery Posture

 

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #139

Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about NSAIDs, cognitive behavioral therapy and vitalists ignoring stuff. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

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

Just so you know, all of the research we talk about in each episode is cited in the show notes for each episode if you’re looking to dive in a little deeper. 

On the personal end of things…..

Personal means personal right? Well, I’m still working on getting the whole voice-over gig set up and rocking and rolling. What’s voice over you may ask? Well, the voices you hear on commercials, eLearning, promos, radio bumpers, and even cartoons and stuff like that. That’s voice overwork. 

Here’s my thought and I’ve said it here before; I don’t want to die in my office working on people when I’m 80. God bless those of you that love the daily grind so much that that’s your goal. It takes all sorts, doesn’t it? But that’s not me. I want to hire an associate and mentor them over the course of a certain amount of time and then sell my practice to them eventually. 

I’m a musician/singer/songwriter. I’m a sculptor. A portrait artist, furniture builder, and all kinds of other things. I love to travel as well. So, what kind of work could I do that would allow me some retirement income and can be done literally from anywhere in the world with an internet connection? Voice over of course. So, I started working on it once the Rona showed up. I’m taking some classes and building some skills and equipment and knowledge. 

The thought process is, if I start now, in 5 years it may be a very viable way to add to my weekly income in retirement. I have other things I’m looking at as well but this is the one I’m knee-deep in right now. 

I have friends that tell me they only get 24 hours in a day and I get more like 48. Lol. That’s not true of course but I do keep moving, keep thinking, keep working pretty much non-stop and move from one thing to another fairly quickly trying to multi-task and get it all done on some sort of time scale. 

I adhere to an old saying I try to always remember; time is just time. You’re either investing in it or you’re wasting it. I don’t like to waste time all that much. There’s always time to sit and relax here and there but, in general, I’m not much for wasting it. 

As far as business, we’re marketing like crazy. I’ve put more into marketing in the last 3 months than I have in the last three years and guess what…..80%. We’re still at about 80% of where I was and like I said last week, that’s my new normal and I’m done making myself crazy about it. I’ll take this extra time and I’ll continue to invest in it. 

So I’m anxious to see what happens. I have things working inside chiropractic. I have things working outside chiropractic. Let’s see which mud sticks to the wall. If any of it sticks at all, right? We never know but it’s exciting to be productive. It’s exciting to be creative. And it’s exciting to have the prospect of more income and more options as to your future. 

That’s where I’m at right now. I just turned 48. I  have less time in front than behind. I’m not getting younger so it’s time to step on the gas. And that’s what I’m doing. This pandemic crap isn’t going to last forever and I plan on sitting pretty in time to retire so let’s just get started right now shall we?

Item #1

Speaking of ‘pandemic crap’, here’s a paper called “The impact of COVID-19 on the chiropractic profession: a cross-sectional survey on opinions, professional changes, and personal hardships of US chiropractors” by Neff et. al(Neff S 2020). published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies posted on 15 of July 2020 and dammit if that’s not hot then I don’t know what is, people. 

Now, before I get going on this one, I recognize three of the authors’ names from the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance group on Facebook. Once again, if you’re considering yourself an evidence-based, patient-centered chiropractor rather than a vitalist, get in that group. You can learn a ton. Anyway, Shawn Neff, Rebecca Deyo who I’ve mentioned on this show before, and Annabelle MacAuley. All very smart, very talented doctors of chiropractic. 

Why They Did It

The research was conducted to collect self-reported data on how COVID-19 has affected U.S. doctors of chiropractic. I’m glad someone is paying attention to us and all. Honestly, chiropractors get the fat end of the bat don’t we? Who got PPE delivered to your office by the state back in April?

Yeah, me either. Anyway……

How They Did It

  • An electronic survey was sent to U.S. chiropractors nationwide via social media and email. 
  • The survey collected 
  • personal and practice demographic information, 
  • office protocols, 
  • changes made during COVID-19, 
  • chiropractic profession opinions/stances, 
  • information related to stress, and 
  • personal beliefs/opinions.
  • Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

What They Found

  • 750 U.S. chiropractors responded. 
  • Just over half of respondents reported moderate levels of stress, and 
  • Just over 30% reported severe levels due to a variety of reasons related to both personal and professional circumstances. 
  • The primary stressors were financial and business concerns. 
  • The highest stress levels were among employers responsible for others. 
  • A majority reported beliefs that the chiropractic profession should not advertise that spinal manipulation provides any immune system benefit. 
  • 13% of the respondents believed chiropractors should be marketing immune benefits during this time. 
  • A shift toward telehealth was reported, with 18% adding it to their services.

Wrap It Up

“Stress levels were high across the population. A range of opinions existed regarding spinal manipulation and immunity benefits. The majority reported there was not sufficient evidence to support such a belief; however, a group of respondents believed that chiropractors should be marketing immune-enhancing benefits to the population. A logical next step would be to study why such beliefs persist. This information may be useful in better understanding how chiropractors have experienced the global effects of COVID-19 across the United States.”

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So…..if you want to know how many are vitalists and how many are evidence-based or, at minimum….agnostic….then doesn’t this give us some hints? A vitalist would claim to take the pressure off of nerves allowing the innate life force to better express itself rendering you immune to the disease. That sounds like about 13% of chiropractors surveyed. 

That tells me 87% call shenanigans on the rest of it. It’s been a while since I heard a number. We know its the minority but damnit they’re a loud minority, aren’t they? They’ve kept us right here without cultural authority for over 100 years at this point. 87% is pretty high though. Maybe it’s changing. 

I saw another recent survey where only a very small percentage of chiropractors were interested in learning more about chiropractic philosophy. I think it’s fine as a historical thing. Just not as something that keeps controlling our profession and keeps us at the bottom of the barrel. 

Love me or hate me, at least I’m honest and you know where I stand. 

Before we get to the next paper, I want to tell you a little about this new tool on the market called Drop Release. I love new toys! If you’re into soft tissue work, then it’s your new best friend. Heck if you’re just into getting more range of motion in your patients, then it’s your new best friend.

Getting Patients Returning, Shoulder Impingement, Cervical Manipulation, & X-rays and Neurodegenerative Disease

 

Drop Release uses fast stretch to stimulate the Golgi Tendon Organ reflex.  Which causes instant and dramatic muscle relaxation and can restore full ROM to restricted joints like shoulders and hips in seconds.  

Picture a T bar with a built-in drop piece.  This greatly reduces the time needed for soft tissue treatment, leaving more time for other treatments per visit, or more patients per day.  Drop Release is like nothing else out there, and you almost gotta see it to understand, so check out the videos on the website.

It’s inventor, Dr. Chris Howson, from the great state of North Dakota, is a listener and friend. He offered our listeners a great discount on his product. When you order, if you put in the code ‘HOTSTUFF’ all one word….as in hot stuff….coming up!! If you enter HOTSTUFF in the coupon code area, Dr. Howson will give you $50 off of your purchase.

Go check Drop Release at droprelease.com and tell Dr. Howson I sent you.

Item #2

This second one is a report from CNN on opioids called “Drug overdose deaths jump in 2019 to nearly 71,000, a record high, CDC says” by Shelby Lin Erdman on July 16, 2020(Erdman 2020). Hot stuff….come on now. Make way people!

This was an article so we’ll be like a boat on the lake and just skip across the high spots. How about that?

  • Drug overdose deaths in the US jumped last year by about 4.8%. 
  • 2018 was slightly down from 2017
  • 2019 bumped back up to 71,000 overdose deaths. 
  • The former president of the American Medical Association, Dr. Patrice Harris, said the numbers show why it’s important to remove any obstacles to treatment for those addicted to drugs. While I think that’s worthy, I think it’s important to not that there should be no obstacles in place to see alternative practitioners in the first place when some of these folks presented with pain. The White House report in 2016 and The Lancet report on back pain both agreed there are obstacles in place preventing these kinds of patients from seeing chiropractors. 

Item #3

This one is called “Trends in Insurance Coverage for Complementary Health Care Services” by Whedon et. al(Whedon JM 2020). published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine on July 7, 2020. The roof, the roof…it’s on fire. 

Why They Did It

Complementary health care professionals deliver a substantial component of clinical services in the United States, but insurance coverage for many such services may be inadequate. The objective of this project was to follow up on an earlier single-year study with an evaluation of trends in reimbursement for complementary health care services over a 7-year period.

How They Did It

  • The authors employed a retrospective serial cross-sectional design to analyze health insurance claims for services provided by licensed acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths in New Hampshire (NH) from 2011 to 2017. 
  • They restricted the analyses to claims in nonemergent outpatient settings for Current Procedural Terminology code 99213, which is one of the most commonly used clinical procedure codes across all specialties. 
  • They evaluated by year the likelihood of reimbursement, as compared with primary care physicians as the gold standard. 

What They Found

  • The total number of clinical services claimed was 
  • 26,725 for acupuncture, 
  • 8317 for naturopathic medicine, 
  • 2,539,144 for chiropractic, and 
  • 1,860,271 for primary care. 
  • Initially, the likelihood of reimbursement for naturopathic physicians was higher relative to primary care physicians but was lower from 2014 onward. 
  • Odds of reimbursement for both acupuncture and chiropractic claims remained lower throughout the study period. 
  • In 2017, as compared with primary care the likelihood of reimbursement was 
  • 77% lower for acupuncturists, 
  • 72% lower for chiropractors, and 
  • 64% lower for naturopaths.

Wrap It Up

“The likelihood of reimbursement for complementary health care services is significantly lower than that for primary care physicians in NH. Lack of insurance coverage may result in reduced patient access to such services.”

So when we talk about barriers to seeing safer, non-invasive practitioners, don’t tell me there are none. Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining. 

What was the Tommy Boy reference? You can get a good look at a t-bone by sticking your head up a bull’s ass but wouldn’t you rather take the butcher’s word for it? Or no…..it’s gotta be YOUR bull. Lol. Great movie. 

Anyway….buncha hullabaloo. Research and surveys are so clear and mostly consistent when they say spinal pain is so bad yet chiropractic is so good at treating it. Not only in terms of effectiveness but also in terms of patient satisfaction and even long term outcomes when compared to traditional treatment. The damn White House report a few years ago said there are barriers. The Lancet said it. I’ve seen it other places that aren’t coming to mind but it’s clear there are barriers in place set up by the stakeholders, the insurance gurus, the medical professionals….. All go 180 degrees from what the research tells them to do. 

And they keep going that way. It feels like it’s not turning around. At all. So…..shenanigans. I’m calling shenanigans. 

Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Keep changing the world and our profession from your little corner of the world. Continue taking care of yourselves and taking care of your neighbors. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it.

Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

Key Takeaways

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The Message

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

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

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

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

Key Point:

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

That’s Chiropractic!

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Bibliography

  • Erdman, S. L. (2020) “Drug overdose deaths jump in 2019 to nearly 71,000, a record high, CDC says.” CNN.
  • Neff S, D. R., MacAuley A, Lawrence D, (2020). “The impact of COVID-19 on the chiropractic profession: a cross-sectional survey on opinions, professional changes, and personal hardships of U.S. chiropractors.” BMC Chiro Man Ther.
  • Whedon JM, e. a. (2020). “Trends in Insurance coverage for Complementary Health Care Services.” J Altern Complement Med.

 

That Episode Where Vitalists Tune Out & NSAIDS vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CF 138: That Episode Where Vitalists Tune Out & NSAIDS vs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Today we’re going to talk about some research papers that the vitalists in our profession don’t pay attention to and don’t want to hear about because it doesn’t confirm the bias and then we’ll also cover a paper that pits NSAIDS against Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a key aspect to treating chronic pain. Very interesting stuff.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music.  

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

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Do it do it do it.  You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #138 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we were joined by Dr. Aric Frisina-Deyo and discussed his research endeavors and even more importantly, his integration into the FQHC setting, what it’s like and how he did it. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points.  Just so you know, all of the research we talk about in each episode is cited in the show notes for each episode if you’re looking to dive in a little deeper. 

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

 

On the personal end of things…..

So far so good. Looking at getting these kids back to school. What a great national debate. Of course, as with anything and everything else, everyone wants to make it a political issue rather than a public health issue. Which is always incredibly disappointing.  Listening to a podcast from JAMA, it sure seems it’s not a one size fits all decision. It looks like the answer lies within each different community.

Here’s what I do know for sure regardless of how well kids carry it or how poorly kids spread it, there WILL be some kids get sick and have an extremely hard time with it. Teachers WILL get sick and some WILL die. That’s if they keep the schools open beyond the first week or two. I think it’ll depend on how quickly people start getting sick again.  Now, I’m not advocating for or against kids going back to school but I sure don’t want anyone being surprised when it happens. Because it will.

For example, I have a friend that is a teacher. Late 50’s early 60’s. Chronic asthma and just had a heart cath. He does NOT want to go back and I don’t blame him one bit.  Some of the larger schools….you simply cannot socially distance. Do you remember what a school hallway looks like during class change? Anyway, these types of teachers, my prayers go out to them. My prayers go out to families like mine that have kids still in school and are worried about their kids and their kids bringing it home to them. 

I’ve said it here before; I think that if I get it, I probably do just fine. Yeah, I’m overweight but not so much that I can’t be active and all that. I’m type O+ blood type. I exercise and I don’t have any underlying issues like high blood pressure. I feel like I may get sick as hell but I do well.  But the BIG issue is that if I get it, I STILL have to shut my clinic doors for an undetermined number of weeks and that’s just simply not something I’m in a hurry to do. I’m sure you are not either. So, if for no other reason than to keep your doors from closing, it makes sense to continue to protect yourselves and your patients to the highest level possible. 

I’m just a few days away right now from taking my son to his first semester of college at Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX. How the hell is college and living in a dorm going to work out for these kiddos? I feel like I can read the future and my crystal ball tells me these kids are going to pass it back and forth like a beer pong ball. Is that good or bad?

Well, on the one hand, it’s good because most all of them will do extremely well with it and that will work toward herd immunity.  On the other hand, some will not do so well and some will get sick…..the parents will come to pick them up and take them home to care for them and….well…..you know how it goes from there. 

So, I’m concerned. I feel we are going to see what this bug can really do once school starts back up. That’s just my personal opinion. But, we’ve also heard some of the punch this dude packed back in the Spring has gone away and, while people are still dying from it, they are not dying in the numbers they were back in the Spring.  Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not cowering in fear in the corner afraid to touch people in my practice.

Outside of the first two weeks, we’ve been open 100%. I’m seeing about 140 per week right now. Shaking hands…..maybe even a little hug here and there. I just wear a mask and wash my hands a lot. We have the UV air scrubbers. We check temp and symptoms when they come in the door. We clean like crazy. But nothing I would consider overboard and…..So far so good. 

So….what do we do? We sit, wait, and watch. Just like we have been doing since February. In a way, I almost envy the deniers, the non-sciencers. They are just going through this oblivious with little to no sense of danger and non-ending mockery of the sciencers of the world. They say ignorance is bliss and you can see it on display on social media every day all day.

Unless you’re like me of course. I have the non-sciencers snoozed for 30 days so I don’t have to see the foolishness and can still enjoy myself.  I’m no expert in virology. I’m no epidemiologist. The difference between me and the non-sciencers is that I’ll freely admit that and will go actively looking for the answers in the research, from the experts, and through JAMA rather than ignoring science, ignoring experts, and listening to foolishness and propagating idiocy. 

But…..that’s just me. 

 

Item #1 Let’s get to this first one called “Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Arthritis Pain; A Randomized Withdrawal Trial” by Fraenkel, et. al. (Fraenkel L 2020) and published in JAMA on July 20, 2020. Hot tater, pitch it around, hot tater… Why They Did It Is replacing meloxicam with placebo about the same as continued meloxicam, and is engaging in a telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy program about the same as continuing meloxicam for patients with knee osteoarthritis? How They Did It

  • 364 patients that took NSAIDs for knee osteoarthritis most days of the week for at least 3 months
  • The subjects stopped taking the NSAID and took 15 mg per day of meloxicam 
  • Those who remained eligible were randomized in a 1:1 ratio to receive meloxicam or placebo for 4 weeks
  • Participants receiving meloxicam then continued this medication for 10 weeks, while those receiving placebo participated in a 10-week cognitive behavioral therapy program

What They Found

  • A total of 180 were randomized to get the placebo followed by CBT
  • 184 were getting the meloxicam
  • The estimated difference in the WOMAC pain score between the two groups after 4 weeks was 1.4
  • After 14 weeks, the difference was .8
  • There was no statistically significant difference in the pain or in disability

 

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Wrap It Up Among patients with knee osteoarthritis, placebo and cognitive behavioral therapy (after placebo) are inferior to meloxicam. However, the WOMAC pain score differences between the 2 groups were small, and there were no statistically significant differences in participants’ global impression of change or function after 14 weeks.

I have been searching for a cognitive behavioral therapist locally for some time now and have yet to identify one in my market. The only cognitive behavioral therapist I have found is at the VA so the public doesn’t have access to them. I’m still searching. It’ll happen eventually because chronic pain isn’t going anywhere and cognitive behavioral is going to get more and more important as they continue to learn more and more about the ability of cognitive behavioral therapy to help these folks. Before we get to the next paper, I want to tell you a little about this new tool on the market called Drop Release. I love new toys!

If you’re into soft tissue work, then it’s your new best friend. Heck if you’re just into getting more range of motion in your patients, then it’s your new best friend. Drop Release uses fast stretch to stimulate the Golgi Tendon Organ reflex.  Which causes instant and dramatic muscle relaxation and can restore full ROM to restricted joints like shoulders and hips in seconds.   Picture a T bar with a built-in drop piece. 

This greatly reduces time needed for soft tissue treatment, leaving more time for other treatments per visit, or more patients per day.  Drop Release is like nothing else out there, and you almost gotta see it to understand, so check out the videos on the website.

It’s inventor, Dr. Chris Howson, from the great state of North Dakota, is a listener and friend. He offered our listeners a great discount on his product. When you order, if you put in the code ‘HOTSTUFF’ all one word….as in hot stuff….coming up!! If you enter HOTSTUFF in the coupon code area, Dr. Howson will give you $50 off of your purchase. Go check Drop Release at droprelease.com and tell Dr. Howson I sent you.

Item #2 This one is called “The accreditation role of Councils on Chiropractic Education as part of the profession’s journey from craft to allied health profession: a commentary” by Innes et. al. (Innes S 2020) published in Biomed Central on July 22, 2020. Whew….whew the hotness. Cool it down here. 

This is an article so we’ll hit the high spots here:

  • Chiropractors see themselves as well positioned to provide safe, effective and economical care for the on-going financial burden that spinal pain imposes. However, in many places of the world, the chiropractic profession continues to find itself struggling to gain acceptance as a mainstream allied health care provider.
  • They say there is a need for scrutiny of international chiropractic educational accreditation standards, which are the responsibility of Councils on Chiropractic Education (CCEs)
  • They found that there is sufficient evidence to identify areas of concern that could be addressed, at least in part, by improvements to CCEs’ educational standards and processes.
  • Areas included a lack of definitions for key terms such as, ‘chiropractic’, ‘diagnosis’, and ‘competency’, without which there can be no common understanding at a detailed level to inform graduate competencies and standards for a matching scope of practice.
  • They go on to say there is some evidence to suggest that in some cases this level of detail is avoided in order to enable a “big tent” approach that allows for a diversity of approaches to clinical care to co-exist. This combined with the held view that chiropractic is “unique”, highly valued, and best understood by other chiropractors, explains how students and practitioners can cling to ‘traditional’ thinking. This has implications for public safety and patient quality of care.
  • They say that despite the global implications of low back pain, the low utilization of chiropractic has remained unchanged over the past 35 years or so. Mostly because we are not gaining mainstream acceptance to the point of being on equal footing with others. Why the hell could that be ya think?

They wrap up the conclusion as follows, “If chiropractic care is to gain mainstream acceptance worldwide then it needs to adopt, through revitalized CCE accreditation standards and processes, those of other allied healthcare professions and wholeheartedly embrace science, evidence-based practice and patient-centered care.”

Ya can’t say it any clearer than this folks. This is the core of the issue. If you are a regular listener, then you know a couple of weeks ago, we covered a bit older paper about what chiropractic can learn from podiatry. This…..this is it just in different words. Non-sciencers act like WE’RE the ones destroying the profession of chiropractic. 

Where I stand, and the way I see it, the evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners…..the sciencers….are the ones desperately trying to save the profession, its reputation, and bring it into the year 2020 instead of the early 1900s.  This is a loooonnnggg article. I didn’t read all of it. I didn’t have the time but, my conclusion for you is this; we have to learn, adapt, upgrade, and advance. You just have to people. Dammit. 

w/ Dr. James Lehman (Pt. 1) – National Scope, Chronic vs. High Impact Chronic, Coordinated Care/Medicaid, DACO to DIANM

Item #3

In yet one more effort to make the vitalists hate me, this new one is called “The clinical utility of routine spinal radiographs by chiropractors: a rapid review of the literature” by Corso, et. al. (Corso M 2020) and published in Biomed Central Chiropractic and Manual Therapies on July 9, 2020, sizzlin’ sausage and saurkraut surprise…. Why They Did It To determine the diagnostic and therapeutic utility of routine or repeat radiographs (in the absence of red flags) of the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine for the functional or structural evaluation of the spine and to investigate whether functional or structural findings on repeat radiographs are valid markers of clinically meaningful outcomes. How They Did It

  • They searched MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Index to Chiropractic Literature from the days of Adam and Eve to November 25, 2019.
  • They used rapid review methodology recommended by the World Health Organization
  • 959 citations, 176 screened, and 23 critically appraised. 

What They Found

Nine low risk of bias studies investigated the validity and reliability of routine or repeat radiographs. These studies provide no evidence of clinical utility.

Wrap It Up

“We found no evidence that the use of routine or repeat radiographs to assess the function or structure of the spine, in the absence of red flags, improves clinical outcomes and benefits patients. Given the inherent risks of ionizing radiation, we recommend that chiropractors do not use radiographs for the routine and repeat evaluation of the structure and function of the spine.” If you’re just now hearing this, welcome to the show. We’ve been saying this for a while now. ACA has been saying this through Choosing Wisely since about 2016 or so.

I cannot fault you for wanting x-rays on the first visit. Some are just uncomfortable otherwise. Who am I to tell you to not shoot those? However, the repeated and updated x-rays…..nope. No sir. No ma’am. Cut it out.

If you’ve been listening, there is even some idea or evidence that repeated x-rays like this may potentially be an impetus for neurodegenerative disease. So…..if you bought that x-ray machine thinking it was going to be a cash register ringing up the dollars for you, you’re going to have to stop, take a step back, re-evaluate your practices, and use it like most other healthcare practitioners use imaging. Sparingly and only when necessary.  Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. I hope y’all enjoyed the cognitive behavioral discussion.

Good stuff. Keep changing the world and our profession from your little corner of the world. Continue taking care of yourselves and taking care of your neighbors. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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

Bibliography Corso M, C. C., Mior S, TKumar V, Smith A, Cote P, (2020). “The clinical utility of routine spinal radiographs by chiropractors: a rapid review of the literature.” BMC Chiro Man Ther 28(33).

Fraenkel L, B. E., Suter L, (2020). “Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Arthritis Pain A Randomized Withdrawal Trial.” JAMA.

Innes S, L.-Y. C., Walker B, (2020). “The accreditation role of Councils on Chiropractic Education as part of the profession’s journey from craft to allied health profession: a commentary.” BMC Chiro Man Ther 28(40).    

No Immunity Boosting Benefit, Coconut Oil Fails, and Screen Time & Autism

CF 126: No Immunity Boosting Benefit, Coconut Oil Fails, and Screen Time & Autism Today we’re going to talk about Immune boosting via spinal manipulative therapy, we’ll talk about coconut oil and it’s a mirage, and we’ll talk about autism and screen time. It’s a good one today folks! But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music 
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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Like our facebook page, 
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Do it do it do it.  You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #126 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about current knowledge on making a robust low back pain diagnosis. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points.  Just so you know, all of the research we talk about in each episode is cited in the show notes for each episode if you’re looking to dive in a little deeper.  On the personal end of things….. We’re still hanging in there. For me personally, I shut down in the beginning for two weeks. Completely shut down. Some stayed open the whole time and never made a lot of changes. So at this point, understandably, they’re ahead as far as getting their patient base back to 100%.  For me, I’m more around 65%-70% of my normal load. While the entrepreneur in me is not real happy with that, the business owner that was needing to take a breath and breathe a little bit is happy about it. At this point, it is what it is. Literally. There’s only so much we have control over. I am a saver by nature. I started a multi-account system years ago that socks money away for different purposes. I have about 7 or 8 different accounts that I move money to at the end of each week. So, fortunately, I don’t take loans. Other than student loans and house loans, I don’t get into much debt at all.  That only goes so far and I’m not willing to drain it all just to keep employees when I don’t have enough business but, if things continue to go well and we see the numbers coming back to a more normal state and then hopefully stabilize, I don’t believe I’ll have to do anything like drain accounts or let employees go. I love my staff and I’ll fight for them. But I won’t go broke for anyone. Except maybe my kids or my mom.  So far so good. This crap has a time limit. We won’t be stuck with it like this forever. Maybe longer than we want but not forever. One foot in front of the other, one day at a time. We’ll get there.   Item #1 Let’s start out easy today. This one is called “Association of Early-life social and digital media experiences with the development of autism spectrum disorder-like symptoms” by Karen Heffler, et. al. (Heffler K 2020) and published in JAMA on April 20, 2020 and that’s a hot one folks.  Why They Did It They wanted to answer the question, “Are screen media exposure and social and demographic factors associated with the risk for autism spectrum disorder on a modified checklist for autism in toddlers at 2 years of age? How They Did It
  • Data for this cohort study were derived from the National Children’s Study, 
  • A total of 2152 children were enrolled at birth from October 1, 2010, to October 31, 2012. 
  • Data were analyzed from December 1, 2017, to December 3, 2019.
  • Caregivers reported whether the child viewed television and/or videos (yes or no) at 12 months of age, hours of viewing at 18 months of age, time spent by the caregiver reading to the child (number of days per week compared with daily) at 12 months of age, and frequency of playing with the child (daily or less than daily) at 12 months of age
  • Prematurity, maternal age at birth, child sex, household income, race/ethnicity, and caregiver English-language status were included in analysis.
Wrap It Up “This cohort study found greater screen exposure and less caregiver-child play early in life to be associated with later ASD-like symptoms. Further research is needed to evaluate experiential factors for potential risk or protective effects in ASD.” Basically, “Less screen exposure and more parent-child play at 12 months of age were associated with fewer ASD–like symptoms at 2 years of age” Before we get to the next item this week, I did a thing Being an evidence-informed practitioner can present a set of problems at times. Mostly problems with regard to patient volume because we don’t typically treat patients with long-term recommendations. So we see them come and go depending on if they hurt or not. It can lead to lulls, disappointment, and boredom if there’s not a steady stream of new patients coming through your pearly gates each and every month. I have taken various courses over the years at Udemy so when I decided to create a course, I immediately thought Udemy would be a good place to start.  While I’m still building the course and adding content every week, it’s live and ready to go for those interested in getting started. I’m putting the link to the course at this point in the show notes. You can go to chiropracticforward.com, go to Episodes and find this episode and just scroll till you find it.  https://www.udemy.com/course/marketing-evidence-based-chiropractic/?referralCode=36A4D91C66B48300360B Over the last two years or so, I’ve averaged almost 80 new patients every month as a solo practitioner. If you’re interested, I created, basically, my playbook for marketing and my thoughts on each topic or technique. I also have created downloads, checklists, and examples to show what my stuff looks like.  Just go to udemy.com and do a search on Marketing An Evidence-Based Chiropractic Practice and check it out. It will grow and expand in the coming months and if you get just one patient from the ideas shared in it, it paid for itself. Now imagine if you get a bunch….well then it’s priceless. udemy.com and the course is called Marketing and Evidence-based Chiropractic Practice. Item #2 Item #2 is called “Coconut Oil’s Health Halo A Mirae, Clinical Trials Suggest” by Jennifer Abbasi (Abassi J 2020)and published in JAMA on April 8, 2020….hot cakes, smokin’ hotcakes.  This one is an article so let’s just get to the highlights.  She starts by saying that clinical trials don’t support the public’s positive perception of coconut oil. She points to a study that was published in Circulation that found coconut oil actually increases low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (which is the bad kind of cholesterol) and offers no benefit for weight, blood glucose, or inflammation markers.  She says coconut oil has been marketed as a miracle for about a decade and a 2016 New York Times survey showed 72% of Americans consider it a health product. This while on 37% of nutritionists felt it was beneficial when compared to other oils.  What they’ve learned more recently include:
  • Compared to nontropical vegetable oils, coconut oil significantly increased total cholesterol. 
  • Coconut oil did not significantly affect triglycerides or markers of glycemia, inflammation, and body fat compared with others
  • Researchers calculated that coconut oil use could translate to a 6% increase risk of major vascular events and a 5.4% increase in teh risk of coronary heart disease mortality. 
There’s much more to the article so I encourage you to find it and read it if you’re interested in coconut oil but in summary: Coconut oil should not be viewed as a healthy oil for cardiovascular disease risk reduction and limiting coconut oil consumption because of its high saturated fat content is warranted and it offers no proven health benefits compared to other cooking oils and seems detrimental on important blood lipids. As such, the prudent approach would be to avoid it in comparison to other cooking oils” Item #3 Alright here’s we arrive at the main event. This brand new article coming out on May 4, 2020….there’s a serious amount of sizzle on this sucker and not just because it’s brand new but also because a large number of chiropractors are going to call shenanigans on it. The topic of chiropractors helping boost immune function through spinal manipulative therapy has been such a hot topic on social media since this pandemic started that I won’t get on and read a general chiropractic group and it’s posts. I won’t do it. My eyes start rolling out of my damn head so why intentionally punish myself? Honestly.  This article is called “A united statement of the global chiropractic research community against the pseudoscientific claim that chiropractic care boosts immunity” and is authored by the biggest of the big chiropractic researchers that include Pierre Cote, Andre Bussieres, JD Cassidy….hello stroke research…Jan Hartvigsen, Greg Kawchuk, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Silvano Mior, Michael Schneider and more than 140 signatories.  It was published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies just a week or so ago as I mentioned.  Background – As I said this pandemic has made chiropractors lose their minds. Including myself, if I’m being honest. Not about the immune system. But about safety and keeping myself and my people and patients safe.  Anyway, they say that during this time, the ICA posted reports claiming that chiropractic care can impact the immune system. These claims aren’t in line with the WHO and the World Federation of Chiropractic.  The researchers reviewed the two reports posted by the ICA on their website on March 20th and the 28th. They explored the method used to develop the claim that SMT can boost the immune system and they discuss the scientific merit of the claim. They go on to explain why the claim lacks scientific credibility and is dangerous to the public.  Get this; over 150 researchers from 11 countries reviewed and endorsed this article and response.  Some of the more notable quotes include: Advancing extraordinary claims without providing extraordinary evidence should raise significant concerns about the scientific validity of the ICA’s position. In their reports, the ICA claims that individuals who received chiropractic care during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic were 51 to 91 times less likely to die than those who were treated by medical doctors.  These effect sizes are too large to be trustworthy and are a red flag of pseudoscience because extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Using data from a 100-year-old non-published, non-randomized controlled trial to suggest that chiropractic adjustments reduce mortality from the flu is scientifically and socially irresponsible. We consider that proclaiming the benefits of chiropractic adjustment/spinal manipulation on immunity during a pandemic is plainly irresponsible and demonstrates a lack of understanding of science, the coronavirus pandemic, and public health risks. By only citing basic science experiments, the ICA appears to have overlooked the WHO guidance on implementation research, which clearly states that basic science experiments do not provide relevant justification for the implementation of a health intervention We call on the ICA to explain why it does not adhere to internationally accepted standards of research implementation but instead rely on unconnected basic science studies when linking chiropractic care to immune system function. Pseudoscience has the potential to mislead and misinform at any time; even more so in the midst of a pandemic when the public is vulnerable. The current coronavirus pandemic demands that we act responsibly by adopting sound public health practices as recommended Their conclusion is that, in the ICA reports, they provided no valid clinical scientific evidence that chiropractic care can impact the immune system. Not only that but they call on political and regulatory forces to hold accountable those making the claims.  Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Continue taking care of yourselves and taking care of your neighbors. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Key Takeaways Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.     
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The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventativly after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website
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