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w/ Tim Bertelsman – Chiropractic Standards, Chiropractic Specialists, Importance of State Associations

CF 073: w/ Tim Bertelsman – Chiropractic Standards, Chiropractic Specialists, Importance of State Associations

Today we’re going to be talking with Dr. Tim Bertlesman about all kinds of things. Kind of like a discussion amongst friends where anything is really on the table but we’ll hone in a little on chiropractic standardization, chiropractic specialities, and our experiences working on the state levels for our respective state associations. 

It’s going to be another great one that you’ll want to share with your colleagues but first, here’s that syrupy bumper music!

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Introduction

We’re here to advocate for chiropractic while we also make your life easier using research and some good solid common sense and smart talk. 

Store

Part of making your life easier is having the right patient education tools in your office. Tools that educate based on solid, researched information. We offer you that. It’s done for you. We are taking pre-orders right now for our brand new, evidence-based office brochures available at chiropracticforward.com. Just click the STORE link at the top right of the home page and you’ll be off and running. Just shoot me an email at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com if something is out of sorts or isn’t working correctly. 

If you’re like me, you get tired of answering the same old questions. Well, these brochures make great ways of educating while saving yourself time and breath. They’re also great for putting in take-home folders. 

Go check them out at chiropracticforward.com under the store link. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter won’t you? We won’t spam you. Just one email per week to remind you when the new episode comes out. That’s it. 

F4CP

We will be launching an athletes and opioids eBook toward the end of this month. It’s called A case for chiropractic disrupting the cycle of pain, prescriptions, and addiciton. I’m linking it in the show notes so go get and check it out. 

https://www.f4cp.org/package/home/viewfile/whiathletes-and-opioids-ebook

DACO

Let’s talk a bit about the DACO program. Well, our guest today is intimately involved with the DACO here in America and, in fact, is the one that unknowingly got me into this whole thing. 

I finished it. It’s all done. I’m just going ot start studying for the exams now. The first one will be on July 20th. If I come back from that one with my dobber in the dirt, then it didn’t go so well but we don’t plan on that happening. 

Since our guest is a big part of it all, we’re going to leave the DACO talk there and meet him. 

Our guest graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1991. He then went on to get his CCSP there at Logan as well finishing those up in 1994. 

In addition to the CCSP, he is a DACO, a Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists and is an instructor for their live hours. So he gets to travel around getting unsusepcting and impressionable docs involved in the DACO. 

He is not only a member of the ACA and the Illinois Chiropractic Society, but is also a former President of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. 

He is also, and maybe most-importantly, the co-founder of ChiroUp which has to be seen to be believed quite honestly. You can do that by going to ChiroUp.com. I’m a member and you probably will want to be as well. 

Let’s get it started here. Welcome to the show Dr. Tim Bertlesman. Thank you for joining me today. 

  1. 300 hours later – I want to thank you for getting me into this mess called the DACO. I’m blaming it all on you and Bill Lawson. 
  2. Tell me about your journey into chiropractic
  3. From your CV, I see that you did the CCSP right out of school. What all have you done through that specific certification?
  4. Can you tell us the most striking difference between the two other than one is more geared toward sports?
  5. Tell me about your practice, what does it look like, who do you see mostly?
  6. Tell me about your journey into the DACO and what benefits you have personally realized from it.
  7. You and your business partner, Dr. Brandon Steele, do a great job at staying on top of the most current research. How do you do that? What are your sources?
  8. I want to hear a little about this friendly rivalry between you and Dr. Steele. 
  9. Did you realize that when I put your name into a Google search to learn a little more about you that Bertlesman Chiropractic pulled up with Dr. Steele’s picture on it? I think his evil plan is beginning to come to fruition. 
  10. When I had Dr. Steele on the show, we talked a bit about Standardization…as in making expectations more uniform for patients visiting chiropractic offices….. and we talked about Specialization such as through the DACO or the CCSP or CSCS. Can you share your thoughts on those two topics for us? 
  11. Tell me about your involvement with your state association and what it has meant to you both personally and professionally
  12. What have you been able to accomplish or have you tried to accomplish legislatively? What struggles are the Illinois and Missouri chiropractors in the middle of these days?
  13. Tell me about chocolate cookies and sushi
  14. I noticed a couple of things from your ‘About Me’ page on your website that I’d love to hear more about. 
    1. The Clinical Internship – Community Health Center
    2. Hospital externship at Deaconess Medical Center
  15. If people want to get more of Tim Bertelsman, what should they do? Where do they need to go to get their ‘fix’? I know you’ll be at ChiroTexpo in downtown Dallas again this year June 7-9. What else?
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The Message

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

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

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 or tell us your suggestions for future episodes. Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on iTunes and other podcast services. Y’all know how this works by now so help if you don’t mind taking a few seconds to do so.

Help us get to the top of podcasts in our industry. That’s how we get the message out. 

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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Kids Need A Rest, Chiropractic In Europe, & Exercise For Chronic Pain

CF 072: Kids Need A Rest, Chiropractic In Europe, & Exercise For Chronic Pain.

Today we’re going to talk about a surgeon that says let kids slow down, the shape of chiropractic in Europe, how exercise affects chronic pain.       

But first, here’s that bumper music

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OK, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

You have collapsed into Episode #72

Introduction

We’re here to advocate for chiropractic while we also make your life easier using research and some good solid common sense and smart talk. 

Store

Part of making your life easier is having the right patient education tools in your office. Tools that educate based on solid, researched information. We offer you that. It’s done for you. We are taking pre-orders right now for our brand new, evidence-based office brochures available at chiropracticforward.com. Just click the STORE link at the top right of the home page and you’ll be off and running. Just shoot me an email at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com if something is out of sorts or isn’t working correctly. 

If you’re like me, you get tired of answering the same old questions. Well, these brochures make great ways of educating while saving yourself time and breath. They’re also great for putting in take-home folders. 

Go check them out at chiropracticforward.com under the store link. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter won’t you? We won’t spam you. Just one email per week to remind you when the new episode comes out. That’s it. 

F4CP

We will be launching an athletes and opioids eBook toward the end of this month. It’s called A case for chiropractic disrupting the cycle of pain, prescriptions, and addiciton. I’m linking it in the show notes so go get and check it out. 

https://www.f4cp.org/package/home/viewfile/whiathletes-and-opioids-ebook

DACO

Let’s talk a bit about the DACO program

Personal Happenings

If you hear something here that you really like and would like it in written form rather than spoken, just hop onto  chiropracticforward.com, find the episode, and just scroll down to copy and paste it. If you’re using it for content or on your website for some reason, just be cool and give us some credit please. I’d sure appreciate it and I’m sure the researchers we discuss would too. 

Item #1

“Noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants your young athlete to stay healthy by playing less” by Dennis Manoloff of the The Plain Dealer(Manoloff D 2013). It was posted back in February of 2013 so a little old but has been making the rounds here lately in the private groups and with several colleagues. And it’s right up our alley when you consider we are also trying to keep kids out of surgery. 

Some highlights are when Dr. Andrews says they have worried for too long about patching people up rather than preventing the injury in the first place. Amen brothers and sisters. 

When asked why kids are getting hurt more and more these days, he says there are really two factors. One being that kids specialize too much now and what he calls professionalism. 

Specialization means kids are just playing one sport these days instead of being well-rounded athletes with a wide array of different activities and skills. When they’re only doing one thing and they’re doing it over and over and over…..well, that’s a recipe for surgery due to overuse.

He says ‘professionalism’ is taking these young kids that are 12 or 13 and working them like they are professional athletes with year-round training and activity. 

Advice he would give parents that can help us guide our conversations with patients and parents was 

  1. Use proper mechanics in any sport.
  2. Don’t play year round. Their kiddo needs at least two months off each year to recover from a specific sport. Ideally, 3-4 months. 

Basically, sometimes we have to look at mom and dad and say, cut it out or a surgeon will be cutting something out. 

I just made that up but you can use it if you like it. You don’t even have to give me credit for it unless you make money from it. Lol. 

Alright, Item #2, comin’ through.

Before the DACO course, chronic pain (while it should have been) was not on my radar at ALL as far as something I was interested in and something I wanted to learn to solve. It sure it now though and this next paper fits right in. 

It’s called “Exercise-induced hypoalgesia: A meta-analysis of exercise dosing for the treatment of chronic pain” by Anne Polaski, Amy Phelps, Matthew Kosted, and more(Polaski A 2019). It was published in January 2019 and I’ve cited it in the show notes. 

Why They Did It

As more and more studies are showing the effects of exercise as a first-line treatment for “nearly all forms of chronic pain,” things like dosing for different treatment modalities has not been explored just yet. 

What They Found

As you can deduce from the title, this was a meta-analysis. 

They say in the abstract, “increasing the frequency of exercise sessions per week is most likely to have a positive effect on chronic pain patients.”

In the end, as is always a part of the conclusion, more research is needed but there is a modest effect. 

Item #3

This one was in BMC Chiropractic & Manual Therapies in April of 2019. Hot stuff….comin up! It’s called “The shape of chiropractic in Europe: a corss-setional survey of chiropractor’s beliefs and practice(Gislason H 2019).” It was written by Halldor Gislason, Jari Salminen, Linn Sandhaugen, and other names I refuse to attempt at this time. 

Why They Did It

Considering the ongoing split in the profession, the authors were looking to report an adherence to unorthodox descriptiions of chiropractic and the types of chiropractic practice in Europe. 

How They Did It

They sent out an online survey amongst European chiropractors in 2017. They sent it out through social media and through the different membership associations. 

What They Found

  • They got back 1,322 responses back representing about 17.2% fo the profession. 
  • The responses were boiled down to fit into 2 different groups of practices. 
  • The two groups were categorized as orthodox and unorthodox. 
  • The orthodox group made up 80% of practitioners
  • The unorthodox group made up 20% 

Some Key Differences

  • 23% of the unorthodox chiropractors x-rayed over 50% of their new patients while the orthodox chiropractors x-rayed only 5% of theirs. 
  • The amount of unorthodox chiropractors seeing over 150 visits per week was more than double the amount seen by the orthodox chiropractor. 
  • Then, of course, there’s info demonstrating how unorthodox hates vaccines while orthodox chiros are fine with them. 

Wrap Up

They concluded by saying, “in parallel with other research, this survey suggests that key practice characteristics in contravention of national radiation guidelines or opposition to evidence based public health policy are significantly more associated with non-orthodox chiropractic paradigms.”

Now, what does that mean exactly? Well, for those of us on the evidence-informed end of the spectrum, it means that we are in concert with 80% of the profession in Canada and in Europe. From what I recall, about 80% of the profession in America is either evidence-informed or somewhere in the middle. Basically, agnostic. 

It’s not my place to argue if subluxation is a real thing or is not a real thing because I believe people define it differently. My opinion, not research because there is none to my knowledge….but my opinion is that if one defines a subluxation as something that can be removed thus fixing cancer, infections, and things like that…..well, my opinion is that that definition puts you in the unorthodox category and puts you in the 20%. 

That’s my opinion anyway and that’s worth diddly squat in the unorthodox community so, take as you may. 

We can also discuss the x-rays. I honestly have no problems with initial x-rays. I realize that flies in the face of a lot of newer guidelines but I believe that we get gut feelings that don’t fit into the definition of a ‘red flag’ per se. You damn well better get x-rays on those deals. 

I’d also say, if you have a history of x-raying every single patient that comes through the doors, that’s also putting you in the 20% that is defined as unorthodox and it’s also meaning that you’re considered an outlier. 

Outliers MUST keep an eye out if you have contracts with insurance companies. If you’re going to be an outlier, you’d best be a cash practice. Whether it be right or wrong in your opinion, insurance companies do NOT like outliers and unorthodox practitioners. And, honestly, who can blame them?

If I’m writing a bunch of checks and I have 80% of the profession over here mostly following guidelines, seeing people a reasonable amount of visits, I’m going to be cool with that 80%. If I have 20% of guys and girls over here seeing people 100 times per year when they have absolutely zero pain and taking repeated x-rays through the year, well…..if I’m writing those checks, I’m going to have a problem with that 20% at least 100% of the time. 

Do whatever you’re going to do but you should give at least SOME consideration to what I’m saying. 

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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 instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

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 or tell us your suggestions for future episodes. Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on iTunes and other podcast services. Y’all know how this works by now so help if you don’t mind taking a few seconds to do so.

Help us get to the top of podcasts in our industry. That’s how we get the message out. 

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

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Bibliography

Gislason H, S. J., Sandhaugen L, (2019). “The shape of chiropractic in Europe: a cross sectional survey of chiropractor’s beliefs and practice.” BMC Chiro Man Ther 27(16).

Manoloff D (2013). “Noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants your young athlete to stay healthy by playing less.” The Plain Dealer.

Polaski A, P. A., Kostek M, (2019). “Exercise-induced hypoalgesia: A meta-analysis of exercise dosing for the treatment of chronic pain.” PLoS One.

How To Not Miss A Dissection & De-legitimizing Complementary Medicine

CF 069: How To Not Miss A Dissection & De-legitimizing Complementary Medicine

Today we’re going to talk about a risk vs. benefit assessment strategy to exclude Cervical Artery Dissection and we’ll talk about de-legitimizing complementary medicine.  We’ll have some fun and maybe even get a little worked up. 

Don’t Miss A Dissection!

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

You have crumbled into Episode #69 .I have to tell you that I had a friend razzing me saying I need to change the bumper music. He knows that I’m a musician and that I wrote the music, played all of the parts on the bumper music, and recorded it. It’s nice, if you’re going to create a podcast, if you don’t have to pay someone for the bumper music. Lol. He needs to get used to the bumper music because it’s not going anywhere unless I write and record another one somewhere down the road. 

Introduction

Moving on….We’re here to advocate for chiropractic while we also make your life easier using research and some good solid common sense and smart talk. 

Store

Part of making your life easier is having the right patient education tools in your office. Tools that educate based on solid, researched information. We offer you that. It’s done for you. We are taking pre-orders right now for our brand new, evidence-based office brochures available at chiropracticforward.com. Just click the STORE link at the top right of the home page and you’ll be off and running. Just shoot me an email at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com if something is out of sorts or isn’t working correctly. 

If you’re like me, you get tired of answering the same old questions. Well, these brochures make great ways of educating while saving yourself time and breath. They’re also great for putting in take-home folders. 

Go check them out at chiropracticforward.com under the store link. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter won’t you? We won’t spam you. Just one email per week to remind you when the new episode comes out. That’s it. 

DACO

Let’s talk a bit about the DACO program. I’m down to my last 39 hours and it’s feeling pretty good. The stuff I have learned having to do with the way we communicate with a patient….what effect that has on a person and their tendency for chronic pain is fascinating. I don’t want to nerd out too much on you right now but, as you probably know, we have little muscle spindles (also known as motion detectors) in all parts of our body. They help us know where our limbs are or how we are oriented in the three dimensions. 

OK, so we have 16 little motion detectors per gram of muscle in our fingers. OK, 16 per gram in our fingers. Remember that. We’re pretty good with knowing where our fingers are without paying attention to them right? Think about typing for example. 

We only have 2 motion detectors per gram of muscle in our traps. Not very many. 

Now consider that we have 242 little motion detectors per gram of muscle in the deeper intrinsic muscles of the upper cervical spine. That’s an insane amount when compared to other areas of our body wouldn’t you agree?

There are so many….to the point that anatomists are looking at these upper cervical muscles as a receptor organ as much as they look at them as muscles. When you consider you get your balance, sensorimotor function, all the way down to how your individual vertebrae move atop each other based on how your upper cervical spine takes in proprioceptive information and translates that into subconscious muscle functions like posture……One word……two syllables…..Day-um. Daaaayum. 

Personal Happenings

If you hear something here that you really like and would like it in written form rather than spoken, just hop onto  chiropracticforward.com, find the episode, and just scroll down to copy and paste it. If you’re using it for content or on your website for some reason, just be cool and give us some credit please. I’d sure appreciate it and I’m sure the researchers we discuss would too. 

Item #1

As many of you have probably heard, a very popular yoga instructor was holding an odd pose some time ago and caused herself to suffer a tear in an artery in her neck which led to a stroke. She’s fine now so thank goodness. Her story has been circulated a bit and, unfortunately, ABC’s Good Morning America decided to bring chiropractic into the spotlight on the deal. Which is total and utter BS. 

Anyway, they went into the whole Kate Mae debacle and that the LA coroner laid the blame on the chiropractor for causing it when we know that the most common cause of cervical artery dissections is traumatic onset. And we also know that Katie Mae had a bad fall at a photo shoot before going to the chiropractor. 

From my understanding of the case, the chiropractor didn’t cause that stroke. He didn’t help it but he damn sure didn’t cause it. 

If you want more…..as in a lot more,….please go listen to Episodes #13, 14 and ,15 of this podcast. They will line it all out for you in common sensical, magical, reasoning. You’re going to love it. 

If you don’t know the research that shows the benefits for cervical manipulation vs. the almost zero risk, well then you need to listen to those episodes and I’ll link them in the show notes so you can find them easily. 13, 14, and 15 just go listen to them and learn how to back up your positions if you’re ever questioned. Please. 

That leads us into this first one called “A risk-benefit assessment strategy to exclude cervical artery dissection in spinal manual-therapy: A comprehensive review” by Aleksander Chaibi and Michael Bjorn Russell[1]. It was published in the Annals of Medicine in the December edition 2018. 

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07853890.2019.1590627

Introduction

They start out by saying.”Cervical artery dissection refers to a tear in the internal carotid or the vertebral artery that results in an intramural hematoma and/or an aneurysmal dilatation. Although cervical artery dissection is thought to occur spontaneously, physical trauma to the neck, especially hyperextension and rotation, has been reported as a trigger.”

Since manual and manipulative therapy are common treatments for headache and neck pain, which just so happen to be the most prevalent symptoms of cervical artery dissection, the authors aim of this review is to provide an updated step-by-step risk-benefit assessment strategy regarding manual therapy and to provide tools for clinicians to exclude cervical artery dissection. It’s so easy to Miss A Dissection

They say that cervical mobilization and/or manipulation have been suspected to trigger artery dissection but this is based on case studies (low level research) that are unable to establish direct causality. 

They relate to the ‘chicken and the egg’ discussion as to what came first; the artery dissection or the manipulation? So, instead or proving a nearly impossible causality hypothesis, this paper aims to provide clinicians an updated step-by-step risk-benefit assessment strategy tool in order to 

  1. raise our understanding of cervical artery dissection
  2. understand the risk and applicability of cervical manual-therapy
  3. give us clinicians tools to better detect and exclude the condition. 

I’m all about this. We almost never…almost never are the actual cause of an artery dissection. Our deficit is not recognizing it when it comes in, adjusting the region and APPEARING that we caused it. THAT’S our big issue. Perception. Not causality. 

This is a fairly lengthy paper so we are going to continue just hitting the highlights and the more interesting aspects of it without getting pulled down into too many stats and minutiae. There’s that word again. Take it. Use it. Love it. 

They say that headache and/or neck pain are the most common initial symptoms while other symptoms are Horner’s syndrome and lower cranial nerve palsy. The headache, understandably, is a new headache. New onset. And it’s unilateral. Why would you have it on both sides when there was only one artery dissection? 

The headache has a sudden onset and the time from headache onset to stroke can be from a few minutes to a few weeks. Which is scary as all hell. That’s what my teenager calls ‘Nightmare Fuel.’

Headaches and neck pain are two of the biggest reasons patients seek out care at our clinics, I think you’ll agree. And, although these are thought to occur spontaneously, physical trauma to the neck (especially traumas involving hyperextension and rotation, are highly suspect for triggering one. 

They say, considering it’s happening and people are coming to us with it happening, it’s sort of really really important that we are able to catch the red flags. Especially considering what can happen if we miss them. 

By the way, this isn’t a ‘Scared Straight’ kind of episode. I hate when gurus try to sell their products by trying to scare the holy hell right out of you. That lights me up every time. If I’m in a seminar and some dope starts a diatribe about how offices that aren’t listening can lose their entire practice and thousands and blah blah blah. If I’m in that class, I get up and show them my backside as I exit. 

The HIPAA gurus are the worst aren’t they? They have to ready to leave and jump off a cliff if you don’t hire them for $10,000. It’s stupid and a good way to slip a vulnerable person into depression. Nope, that’s not what we’re doing here. 

First, I’m not selling anything. Unless you love my office brochures. But that’s just to make life easier. Nothing bad happens if you don’t want them. Lol. 

Second, this is a message of ‘Hey, looky here….we get some scary stuff coming in to our offices here and there, and…..if you’ll just pay attention for a little bit here, we may help you keep people safe and get them the help they really need.”

That’s all

OK, continuing on: One big thing you have to remember is that the World Health Organization regards annual mobilization and/or spinal manipulative treatment conducted by chiropractors to be a safe and effective treatment with few, mild, transient adverse effects. The adverse effects being local soft tissue tenderness and tiredness on treatment day, maybe some muscle soreness, things like that. 

There is no strong evidence at all that spinal manipulative therapy is the culprit. 

When describing the internal carotid artery and the vertebral arteries, this statement about the vertebral arteries really jumped out at me. They said, “the vertebral artery is thought to more susceptible to injury due to extreme rotatory head movements, especially in the transverse foramen of the first cervical vertebra.”

You guys and gals out there using rotation in your cervical adjustments….I think there’s an argument to be made here. Can you get the same effect in your patients by doing away with the rotation-based adjustments and going more to extension/lateral flexion type maneuvers like a Diversified cervical break for example? The answer is yes by the way. You most certainly can get the same effect. 

A big difference from regular neck pain is that when a dissection is present the pain is typically sudden, sharp, severe, steady and described as being different from prior neck pain experiences. In general it’s describes as throbbing (remember – it’s vascular), it can be said that it’s pounding, pulsing, and beating. 

Compared to descriptions for purely musculoskeletal complaints which can be described as aching, sore, heavy, hurting, deep, cramping, or dull. There are pretty stark contrasts between the two. 

Also, in general, musculoskeletal pain can be reproducible or provoked or diminished. You can change it basically. Whereas, with a vascular event, you cannot change it. Vascular events aren’t changed by using analgesics either. In Vertebral Artery Dissection specifically, the pain will often progress to the occipital area and medially along the nuchal line. 

The paper highlights the need for a good History to be taken on the intake. Certainly regarding the time of onset.

  • Any recent trauma? (I added that one)
  • Was there a recent acute respiratory infection?
  • Hyperhomocysteinemia such as Vitamin B6, B9, or 12 deficiency?
  • Is there a low body mass index and low cholesterol history?
  • Is the patient a smoker?
  • Do they have pulsating tinnitus?
  • Any connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos type IV, Marfan’s, Osteogenesis Imperfecta?

They state that a dissection presents to a chiropractic office at a rate of 1 time per 8.1 million patient encounters. 

The paper mentions an interesting paper we’ll have to look up and cover. They say no serious adverse events were reported in a large prospective national survey conducted in the UK that assessed all adverse events in 28,807 chiropractic treatments which included 50,276 cervical spine manipulations. Hell yeah. 

It’s just nice that the further into research you get, the more and more you find in favor of chiropractic. It is so rare that you see conclusions saying things like, “spinal manipulative therapy had no effect.” You just don’t see it usually. 

As part of their conclusion the authors make a recommendation that I will echo gladly, enthusiastically even. 

They say, “Although the chiropractic profession evolved in the early nineteen hundreds as an art, philosophy, and science, neck manipulation should not resemble a martial art. Thus, when cervical manipulation techniques are being conducted, one must be specific when manipulating a single spinal segment, minimizing the end range in cervical techniques, especially rotational techniques, and minimizing force, all of which have been recommended to reduce the risk of serious AEs.”

Now, with many of your EHR software programs, you can set up your own macros. So I did. About a year ago. If I even sniff a dissection, They get the interrogation. 

Here’s how the interrogations starts, I hammer nails up under each finger nail and ask them why they’re in my country and what are their plans to destroy my government? That’s not true. Nobody would come see me after word got out that I really work for the CIA. Lol

OK, seriously, here’s how it goes in my office. I took these directly off of my macro:

  • First, I check all upper arm strength
  • Then sensation side to side including the face
  • Can they raise their eyebrows?
  • Is there any difference in the size of the pupils?
  • Nice, even smile?
  • Have them stick their tongue out….does it deviate to one side or the other?
  • Cross your hands and grab their hands like a double hand shake and have them grip your hands equally and see if there’s a difference. 
  • Have them shrug both shoulders and resist gentle pressure downward on the shoulders. 
  • Do they have a headache that came on suddenly and can be sharp or throbbing?
  • Do they have a headache that gets worse when they lay down?
  • Do they have difficulty speaking or swallowing?
  • Do they have any visual abnormalities?
  • Do they have unsteadiness or lack of coordination beyond what they would consider normal?
  • Do they have a recent onset of hiccups?
  • Are they having recent onset of pulsing tinnitus?
  • Do they have any nausea and/or vomiting?
  • Does the patient have signs of nystagmus?
  • Are there any other neurological symptoms present?
  • How about light-headedness, fainting, disorientation, or disturbances in ears, tremors, or sweating?

I originally planned on covering four papers this week but the stroke issue is just such a big deal, I chose to go a little more in depth so we’ll put those other papers on the back burner for now but we will get to them. 

I will briefly cover one more very short little finding that ties in to this. It’s called “De‐legitimizing complementary medicine: framings of the Friends of Science in Medicine‐CAM debate in Australian media reports” It was written by Monique Lewis[2] and published on the 21st of February 2019 in Sociology of Health and Illness. 

The abstract starts by saying that complementary and alternative medicine has developed into a a complex and formidable commercial, sociocultural and political force in Australia, and given it’s influence, it is a relevant subject for scholars, health practitioners, health communicators, journalists, policy-makers, and consumers of healthcare products and services. 

This paper considers a newer group in Australia called Friends of Science in Medicine which is an activist group of medical practitioners, researchers, and scientists. 

This paper searched for articles mentioning this group and then measured the patterns and frequencies of media frames, intonation, and sources that are featured in Australian mainstream news. 

The negative headlining and intonation of reports predominated, along with framing Complementary and Alternative Medicine…..AKA….US…as a lucrative, undisciplined, and unethical industry as well as an illegitimate healthcare approach. 

The findings of the paper also offer findings into how journalists respond, replicate, or reconstruct the framings that are provided by an influential and elite group of medical practitioners and scientists, and readdresses issues surrounding the need for more critical health reporting in Australia. 

OK…..let’s give the friends of science in medicine some credit where it is due can we? Are we and other CAM providers lucrative? Good Lord, I sure as hell hope so. I have a family and a couple of knucklehead kids to send through college. That ain’t cheap, folks. I’m sure you’re aware. 

Are we undisciplined? Some of us, absolutely are. No doubt. Too many of us, I’d say. There are people out there on their own islands with crystals and all kinds of potions doing whatever to whoever with no research to back it and no rhyme to the reason but, there are A TON of us who are highly educated and highly disciplined. It seems they’re just looking to lump us all into one group regardless I guess. 

Are we unethical…..well, like any profession, the answer is that there are some predatory chiropractors seeing patients 100 times a year. Shooting a ton of unnecessary x-rays and scaring people into long-term care. Whether that’s unethical or not is up to the individual practitioner to decide but I can sure see how an outsider looking in could determine it unethical. Again, on the other hand, there are a lot of us going by commonly accepted guidelines and probably risking actually UNDERtreating patients out of fear of giving the appearance of being one of ‘those chiropractors.’ There is certainly nothing unethical about that, my friends. 

Are we illegitimate. Well hell no. And if they’re not calling out PTs with all of these labels, then they’re just being complete asses because, like or not, the lines between PTs and DCs are very blurry these days. They cannot pretend chiropractors are bad guys but continue to embrace PTs at the same time. Because, in many cases, there is no difference other than spinal manipulative therapy. Hell, PTs work in DC’s offices. 

This Friends of Science in Medicine is a group of bitchy people that really have little more to do that to form a silly group that makes them feel powerful on some level. Kudos to them. Take it from me. It’s hard as hell to build something that has influence in any sector of life these days. So, whatever. Yay for them. But it’s nothing. They can scream and holler but, at the end of the day, they’ll take care of their patients and we’ll take care of ours. 

There is an ever-expanding market today of patients looking for chiropractic. They no longer want the Friends of Science in Medicine’s pills. They no longer want the visits where you go in, some guy or girl in a white coat pretends to listen to you but cuts you off and then gives you a script for some pill that might, just might make you back end fall out of your body. We’re past that now. But they aren’t. 

We’re past surgery for this and for that. We’re past a pill for this or for that. We tried it. The result is called The Opioid Epidemic and it’s going to claim more lives in America than the Civil War did before too long. Last year claimed more lives than 20 years of counting deaths from the Vietnam War. Are you kidding me that these fools think they have some moral freaking high ground to stand on, behind a big white, glistening podium, and look down on other practitioners that are getting patients better non-invasively, non-pharmacologically, safely, and effectively? 

Are you freaking serious right now with this ball of crapoloa? You can’t make it up. This world gets dumber and dumber by the day and it’s the so-called people in power leading the way. Not those of us in the trenches changing the lives of our patients. It’s the leaders that are the fools. 

That crap makes me want to go kick a kitten and step on a baby rabbit. 

Santa Maria…..makes me want to cuss in Spanish. I swear. 

OK, I’m done. Chiropractors doing things in a patient-centered way are awesome. Here’s the message. 

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

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

That’s Chiropractic!

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Bibliography

1. Chaibi A, R.M., A risk-benefit assessment strategy to exclude cervical artery dissection in spinal manual-therapy: A comprehensive review. Annals of Medicine, 2018.

2. Lewis M, De‐legitimising complementary medicine: framings of the Friends of Science in Medicine‐CAM debate in Australian media reports. Sociology of Health & Illness, 2019.


British Medical Journal Research, Surgeons Against Back Surgery, and Pediatric Chiropractic Under Attack

CF 068: British Medical Journal Research, Surgeons Against Back Surgery, and Pediatric Chiropractic Under Attack

Today we’re going to talk about a BIG new study helping us out in the British Medical Journal, we’ll talk about spinal surgeons against back surgery, and we’ll talk about pediatric chiropractic under attack. That’s a big topic right now. Especially down in Australia. 

But first, get ready to shake your tail feathers……here’s that bumper music

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OK, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

You have done the mashed potato right into Episode #68. Just like we were back in the 50’s. Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong generation. Seriously. Speaking of, if you’d like to hear what we listen to in my office all day every day, go to Spotify and get my Old, New, Memphis & Motown Too. My profile is amarillopacc. That’s the amarillo platypus, absinthe, crustacean, crap ton. 

You’re welcome…. I’m here all week. Tip your waitresses. 

Introduction

Now, we’re here to advocate for chiropractic while we also make your life easier. 

Part of that is having the right patient education tools in your office. Tools that educate based on solid, researched information. We offer you that. It’s done for you. We are taking pre-orders right now for our brand new, evidence-based office brochures available at chiropracticforward.com. Just click the STORE link at the top right of the home page and you’ll be off and running. Just shoot me an email at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com if something is out of sorts or isn’t working correctly. 

If you’re like me, you get tired of answering the same old questions. Well, these brochures make great ways of educating while saving yourself time and breath. They’re also great for putting in take-home folders. 

Go check them out at chiropracticforward.com under the store link. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter won’t you? We won’t spam you. Just one email per week to remind you when the new episode comes out. That’s it. 

DACO

Let’s talk a bit about the DACO program. I went on a short little spring break vacay last week so didn’t get many hours in. I got three hours I believe. The class I took was Class 3 of the Pain In The Frame series. It was over chronic shoulder pain. I have to tell you that the neurology is not something that comes naturally to me but, in the same breath, I want you to know that it is presented in a way that is finally understandable. Even by me and when it comes to hardcore neuro topics, that’s saying a lot, folks. Seriously.

And the concept is repeated repeatedly. That sounds redundant but I know you’re pickin up what I’m throwin down here. 

Dr. Anthony Nicholson who is part of the team that has set up the educational program, and who will also be a guest in the very near future here with us on the podcast, he was a neuro diplomate before getting his DACO so there is plenty of neuro but don’t let that scare you. Had I known that going in, it probably would have scared me a touch but, it’s no biggie. It’s explained very well and though I didn’t completely grasp it the first time or two it was run by me, I got by the 10th time for sure. Lol. 

I’m a slow learner. Lol. I beat myself up. I’m almost done with the whole thing and I have a 95 in the class. Trust me, I’m not a neuro guy. I hate hardcore neuro but it’s excellent stuff that you need to know and if I can do it, I promise you can too. 

Be looking for that interview with Dr. Nicholson all the way from Australia in just a couple of weeks or so.  Maybe sooner. He’s fascinating. 

Personal Happenings

If you hear something here that you really like and would like it in written form rather than spoken, just hop onto  chiropracticforward.com, find the episode, and just scroll down to copy and paste it. If you’re using it for content or on your website for some reason, just be cool and give us some credit please. I’d sure appreciate it and I’m sure the researchers we discuss would too. 

Item #1

Onward we march to the first item here. It’s a biggie and it’s brand new. It’s called “Benefits and harms of spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials” and authored by Sidney Rubinstein, Annemarie de Zoete, Marienke van Middelkoop, and a herd of others[1]. It was published in the British Medical Journal on March 13th of 2019.  

Hot stuff coming through

The first thing I’ll say here is that there is a pyramid of research hierarchy out there. I’ll post it in the show notes at www.chiropracticforward.com episode #68 so go check it out.

If you look at it, you’ll see that randomized controlled trials and systematic review/meta-analysis studies are at the very top of the hierarchy. 

Well, this paper, for example, as the title says, is a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. See what I’m saying here? That’s why it’s a biggie. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to assess the benefits and harms of spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Ah….low back gets all the attention. Still waiting to see them get those cervical pain studies rolling. Anywhoo…..

They did a systematic review on 47 randomized controlled trials including 9,211 participants that all examined the effect of spinal manipulation or mobilization in adults over 18 years old with chronic low back pain with or without referred pain. They did not accept the studies that looked at sciatica exclusively.

What They Found

  • Moderate quality evidence suggests that spinal manipulative therapy has similar effects to other recommended therapies for short term pain relief.
  • The same quality evidence suggests a small, clinically better improvement in function. 
  • High quality evidence suggested that , compared with non-recommended therapies, SMT results in small, not clinically better effects for short term pain relief and small to moderate clinically better improvement in function. 
  • They say about half of the studies examined adverse and serious adverse events. They say most of the observed adverse events were musculoskeletal related, transient in nature, and of mile to moderate severity. 

They concluded, “SMT produces similar effects to recommended therapies for chronic low back pain, whereas SMT seems to be better than non-recommended interventions for improvement in function in the short term. Clinicians should inform their patients of the potential risks of adverse events associated with SMT.”

I have to say, when we dive a bit deeper in, while the study shines brightly on spinal manipulative therapy and its practitioners, we as chiropractors can’t lean on this thing completely for the good OR the bad. That’s because, of the 47 randomized controlled trials accepted, chiropractors were the practitioners delivering the manipulative therapy in only 16 of them. Fourteen were delivered by a PT, 6 by a medical manipulator (whatever the hell that is), 5 by a DO, 2 by a bonesetter…(that’s a real thing?) and on and on. 

So, keep that in mind. This isn’t fully representative of what chiropractors do and how effective we can be. 

Also, the techniques used in the 47 studies ranged from high velocity, low amplitude like a Diversified adjustment, to low velocity, low amplitude passive movement techniques or a combination of both of those. 

Again, not entirely representative of what we chiropractors that move the bones do. In my opinion. 

What they say down deep in the paper that, considering recent systematic reviews and information showing that SMT and massage should be considered cost-effective options for low back pain and then this study showing the effectiveness…..basically….what are we waiting for to get this rocking and rolling. OK, not their words exactly but….yeah, I said that but I said it based on their research speak. 

I am including an infographic the authors generated on this that cuts to the chase and may be something you can use for your waiting room. Go check it out. 

Great paper, very impactful, and it supersedes the recommendations that you heard us talking about from The Lancet Medical Journal back in episodes #16, 17, and 18 of this podcast. 

I’ve said it so many times and it remains a true, considering the forces and powers that have been against us for generations, if we were inherently wrong in what we do, we would have been wiped off the face of the Earth years and years ago. Yet we persist. It is my opinion that we do not persist because of creative sales, influential legislation, and millions and billions in lobbying efforts. It’s because we are right in what we do on the most basic levels. 

Item #2

Our second item this week is an interesting article I came across from painchats.com called “This Spine Surgeon says Avoid Spinal Surgery for Low Back Pain: Stop and Think Carefully about Back Surgery.” the article is written by David Hanscom, MD and linked in our show notes for episode 68 at chiropracticforward.com[2].

His actual website is https://backincontrol.com but this article was in painchats.com.

The article starts off with this, “If you’re considering having spinal surgery as the final fix for your back pain, I’d like to help you to think again about your options.

I’m a spinal surgeon and I want you to know that surgery is not your best option for recovery from low back pain.

Surgery for relieving back pain has never been shown to be effective in a stringent research study. The most careful research paper published in 2006 demonstrated that only 22% of patients were satisfied with the outcomes two years later. Essentially, all research shows consistently poor outcomes for fusion surgery performed for back pain.”

Well….all I have to say is….HALLELUJAH!!!

We are going to look back at x-rays of fusions in 10-15 years and wonder what in the hell the surgeons were thinking. Mark my words people. 

He breaks it down into reasons. I will shorten the article but please, go read the whole thing. It’s really good and makes so much sense. 

Reason #1: Fusion back surgery doesn’t help pain. I love everything about this section but in particular this quote, “We also know that disc degeneration, ruptured discs, bulging discs, arthritis, and narrowed discs have been clearly shown to NOT be the source of chronic back pain.” Thank you for some common sense, man! 

Reason #2: Increased risk of more pain after back surgery. Obviously, people having spinal back surgery want less pain so you can easily see the issue here. He says if you’re already having chronic pain elsewhere, totally unrelated to the surgical issue, you are going to develop chronic pain at the new surgical site up to 60% of the time. 

Day-um… But that ties in so nicely with the neurology I’ve learned in the DACO program. When your CNS is already hyper sensitized or up-regulated, it makes sense that new insult is going to behave this way. He also says that re-operation rates within the first year are as high as 20%. Aren’t you just ecstatic that we don’t have to deal with patients that have had failed spinal surgery from day to day in our offices? Good Lord, the surgeons can have it. I don’t want it. 

Reason #3: Other treatment options are more effective. Praise the Lord and Hallelujah once again. He ties in the new finding in neurology for chronic pain. The stuff I’ve been talking about in the DACO program. He says, “Your brain memorizes pain just like an athlete, artist, or musician learns his or her skill.”

The best example is that of phantom limb pain. There is no limb, yet, the pain persists, right? I’m hoping that in your mind you just agreed with me and said, “Right,” to yourself. 

He says that once a patient understands the neurological nature of chronic pain, it becomes solvable and the key is to shift off the painful and unpleasant circuits onto functional and enjoyable ones or create detours around them. Basically re-wiring the brain to an extent. 

I can’t encourage you all enough to go read this article. Again, I’ve linked it in the show notes so go check it. 

Item #3: Chiropractic used for in infants and pediatrics has become quite the hot topic recently. Especially with the government in Australia looking at restricting any chiropractic treatment to the point where it may not be able to be utilized in patients under the age of 12 years old if I remember correctly. 

In addition, this is expected to be spreading. If my information is correct, it’s already looking to head that way in British Columbia as well as Ontario. So, it’s worth paying attention to. 

My first advice would be this: If you want to film your adjustments and put them on the interwebs, then go for it but, when it comes to hanging newborns upside down and performing manipulations on them that make them cry out and things of that nature…..I would encourage you to do your fellow pediatric chiropractors a favor and NOT put those videos on the internet. 

Not because I think you’re wrong. I don’t mess with babies myself but that’s because I’m not trained in it and am honestly uncomfortable with it. But that doesn’t mean I think it’s wrong either. Regardless, it’s not about right or wrong as much as it is perception. Particularly the perception by people that don’t know anything about or don’t understand chiropractic at all. Especially those ignorant but then also in a seat of power and influence. 

Just don’t freaking do it, OK? That’s what I’m saying. 

With all that in mind let’s get going with this one called “Manual therapy for the pediatric population: a systematic review” authored by Carol Prevost, Brian Gleberzon, Beth Carleo, and others[3]. It was published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine on 24 of July 2018. Remember the research hierarchy pyramid and remember that this is a systematic review of 50 studies. 

What They Found

Moderate-positive overall assessment was found for 3 conditions: low back pain, pulled elbow, and premature infants. Inconclusive unfavorable outcomes were found for 2 conditions: scoliosis (OMT) and torticollis (MT). All other condition’s overall assessments were either inconclusive favorable or unclear. Adverse events were uncommonly reported. More robust clinical trials in this area of healthcare are needed.

This one is called “Utilization of Chiropractic Care in US Children and Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey” authored by Dr. Trent Peng, et. al[4]. Dr. Peng is also a member of our Chiropractic Forward private group on Facebook. Congratulations Dr. Peng!

Why They Did It

The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of chiropractic utilization and examine sociodemographic characteristics associated with utilization in a representative sample of US children and adolescents aged 4 to 17 years.

How They Did It

They analyzed data from 9,734 respondents to the 2012 National Health Interview Survey and chiropractic utilization in the past 12 months was the targeted outcome. 

What they found

They found that

  • The 12-month prevalence of chiropractic utilization in US children was 3.0%
  • The adjusted odds (95% confidence interval) of chiropractic utilization were higher among 11- to 17-year-olds

That’s just to give you an idea of how underserved the younger population is

Last thing, it’s  titled, “Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada” authored by Christian Manansala, Steven Passmore, Katie Pohlman[5], and others and published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice online on March 16, 2019. 

Hot stuff, coming up. 

That’s five articles this week. We are getting some serious schooling here right? The reason for this one was knowing that spinal pain in young people has been established as a risk factor for pain later in life, and considering the fact that recent guidelines recommend spinal manipulation and other modalities for back pain, the authors wanted to begin exploring the response to chiropractic treatment in young people with spinal pain. 

We already know it helps all of us old people but what about the kids?

The study utilized a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected quality assurance data attained from the Mount Carmel Clinic chiropractic program database. 

What they found

Young people 10-24 years old showed statistically and clinically significant improvement on the numeric scale in all four spinal regions following chiropractic management. 

The official conclusions reads as follows, “The findings of the present study provide evidence that a pragmatic course of chiropractic care, including SM, 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.”

Of course. For us that’s a duh sort of thing but, until it is written in research, you can’t treat it as a duh thing. While we think it’s an obvious conclusion, it’s not so obvious to others so thanks to these fine folks for doing the hard work and allowing all of us to stand on the shoulders of your efforts. 

This week, I want you to go forward with:

  • Big time research in medical journals keep proving you made the right decision to be a chiropractor. I know you didn’t need that validation personally but professionally, it’s a hell of a nice thing to have in our back pockets. 
  • Chronic back pain will never be cured by a surgery-first mentality and we knew that. But, our central nervous system plays as much a part in the resolution of pain as any mechanical factor plays a part in it. 
  • Pediatrics is under attack. Stop filming what you do. You’re not wrong but perception plays as much a part in the problems pediatric chiropractors are having as does any thing else. We get results in kids too but, if you don’t watch it, it’ll get taken away. Be smart. 
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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 instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

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 or tell us your suggestions for future episodes. Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on iTunes and other podcast services. Y’all know how this works by now so help if you don’t mind taking a few seconds to do so.

Help us get to the top of podcasts in our industry. That’s how we get the message out. 

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

1. Rubinstein S, d.Z.A., van Middlekoop M,, Benefits and harms of spinal manipulative therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ, 2019. 364(1689).

2. Hanscom D “This Spine Surgeon says Avoid Spinal Surgery for Low Back Pain: Stop and Think Carefully about Back Surgery.”. Pain Chats, 2019.

3. Prevost C, G.B., Carleo B,, Manual therapy for the pediatric population: a systematic review. BMC Comp Altern Med, 2019. 19(60).

4. Peng T, C.B., Gabriel K,, Utilization of Chiropractic Care in US Children and Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 2018. 41(9): p. 725-733.

5. Manansala C, P.S., Pohlman K,, Change in young people’s spine pain following chiropractic care at a publicly funded healthcare facility in Canada. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2019.


w/ Dr. Christine Goertz – Chiropractic Research, What Does The Science Say, And Where Are We Going?

Today, we have one of the giants of chiropractic research as our guest. I will go further into her background in a moment but we have Dr. Christine Goertz joining us today and, if you do not know who she is, it is time to listen up. Don’t you go anywhere because this is going to be an excellent episode full of great information. 

But first, here’s that “oh how sweet it is” bumper music

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OK, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

You have bounced your way into Episode #68 and we are so glad you did. 

Introduction

We’re here to advocate for chiropractic while we also make your life easier. 

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If you’re like me, you get tired of answering the same old questions. Well, these brochures make great ways of educating while saving yourself time and breath. They’re also great for putting in take-home folders. 

Go check them out at chiropracticforward.com under the store link. While you’re there, sign up for the newsletter won’t you? We won’t spam you. Just one email per week to remind you when the new episode comes out. That’s it. 

Guest Introduction

Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., is the Chief Operating Officer of the Spine Institute for Quality. She is also an Adjunct Associate at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Spine IQ, she was Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic for eleven years. 

Dr. Goertz received her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 1999. Her 25-year research career has focused on working with multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement clinical and health services research studies designed to increase knowledge regarding the effectiveness and cost of complementary and integrative healthcare delivery.

She has extensive experience in the administration of Federal grants, both as a PI and as a program official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Goertz has received nearly $32M in federal funding as either principal investigator or co-principal investigator, primarily from NIH and the Department of Defense, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her primary area of focus is the investigation of patient-centered, non-pharmacological treatments for spine-related disorders. Dr. Goertz is a former member of the NIH/NCCIH National Advisory Council and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where she has assumed numerous leadership roles. In September 2018 Dr. Goertz was appointed to a 3-year term as Vice Chair of the PCORI Board by the Comptroller General of the United States. 

Welcome to the show Dr. Goertz. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have on our podcast. 

Can I first ask you what was the impetus for your wanting to get into the research end of the profession? How do you come to the decision to dive into research full-time vs. treating patients day-to-day like so many of us do?

I noticed on your CV that you are currently an adjunct professor with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa. All the while, you are working with The Pine Institue for Quality (AKA Spine IQ). Can you tell us what a regular day looks like for you?

Whether you know it or not, you have been a game-changer for this profession. You have, likely unknowingly, played a big part in some of our podcast episodes. I want to start with a paper we covered. I called it The Veterans Paper and it was HUGE. Though I call it the Veterans Paper, you say it was done as part of the Department of Defense. I wonder….did you notice anything BIG after it was published in JAMA? Was it, in your opinion, any more impactful than your other papers?

Here’s what happened as soon as that paper came out from my perspective; almost immediately, we began getting interest from our local VA and, once we completed credentialing, we started seeing referrals. Before that paper…..nothing. No interest. I don’t know if you’re ready to take all of the credit for that but I’m going to give it to your regardless. On behalf of the entire evidence-informed chiropractic profession, thank you for that. 

In emails we have exchanged leading up to our time together today, you mentioned you have a large pragmatic trial funded by the NIH in the VA. Can you tell us anything about that?

In your work called “Insurer Coverage of Nonpharmacological Treatments for Low Back Pain – Time for a Change” published in JAMA October 2015, you say there are no policies emphasizing nonpharma treatment at the forefront of the patient experience, no meaningful levels of coverage for care professionals focussing on nonpharma therapy, and no policies providing financial incentives in favor of nonpharma. I have seen your work make huge differences but have to admit, I’m still seeing reimbursements for chiropractors being a challenge. We have folks out here struggling in practice in spite of everything in our favor. Have you experienced any changes after this came out in JAMA? Can we expect these sentiments you describe to gather steam in the next year or so?

In another piece of yours called “What does research reveal about chiropractic costs?” you say something I want to commend you on. You say, “without a doubt, the most common issues raised by those outside the profession relate to the quality and consistency of chiropractic care delivery.” I think we can all agree that standardization is likely the biggest hurdle our profession faces in regard to integration. Do you believe chiropractic residency training would better prepare chiropractic providers to offer high quality care within medical facilities?

I’m currently over 2/3 of the way through the Diplomate for the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. I see the value every day but, in your opinion, should Board Certification become the norm for chiropractic providers rather than the exception?

In that same paper, when talking about costs for chiropractic care you point out that we are likely equal or less in cost. You say, “In particular, it appears that patients who visit a chiropractor are less likely to undergo hospitalization, resulting in lower global healthcare costs than those who receive medical care only.” Do you feel that the medical field is coming to the point they are seeing our potential in improvement as well as our cost-effectiveness on more of a widespread scale or are there just little pockets here and there? Is the medical field starting to catch on but the insurance companies are still not allowing the change? What are you seeing on your end of things?

You recently were part of a paper that was published just this year, 2019, called, “Effect of chiropractic manipulative therapy on reaction time in special operations forces military personnel: a randomized controlled trial.” I really have to talk to you researchers about trying to shorten the names of these papers. 

Anyway, you all concluded on that one that one session of chiropractic manipulative therapy had immediate effect of reducing the time required for asymptomatic special operations forces to complete a complex whole-body motor response task. Tell me….what are we looking at here? Where is this line of research leading future research?

I personally love it and think it has extremely high value so when I ask you this question, please don’t take it as a negative. Are you responsible for instigating the Palmer-Gallup Poll? What were the main goals for starting it and has it lived up to the original thought process behind its beginning? 

I thought this was an interesting question. A listener and member of our private group on Facebook, Dr. Trent Peng, suggested I ask you which chiropractic adjustment techniques are sufficiently evidence-based in the scientific literature?

In an article by Lisa Rappaport, called “Adding chiropractic to back pain care may reduce disability,” she interviewed you for the article. She had a quote in the article from you that said, “Spinal manipulation (often referred to as chiropractic adjustment) may help heal tissues in your body that form as a result of injury, decreasing pain and improving your body’s ability to move correctly.” 

The other was, “It is also possible that manipulation impacts the way that your body perceives pain through either the brain or the spinal cord and/or decreases pain from muscle strain, inflammation and/or spasm in the muscles next to your spine.” 

The first comment I have on this is that I love the second quote because there is more and more information coming out about what part the central nervous system plays in regard to pain. Pain sensitization, movement dysfunction, joint proprioception and thing of that nature. I thought that quote brought some of that into consideration without getting too complicated for a normal reader. So, kudos on that!

I remember thinking to myself that there are a lot of “may help” and “it is possible” kind of language. I understand that researchers shouldn’t formulate opinions or conclusions in definite terms or absolutes and I completely understand that, but my question to this point is do you ever see a time that all chiropractors can say with a high degree of confidence exactly what happens and exactly why it helps people heal or feel better?

I was sent a paper I believe you have in progress called “Assessment of chiropractic care on strength, balance, and endurance in active-duty US military personnel with low back pain: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial. In the Background section, you all say, Chiropractic care may facilitate the strengthening of trunk muscles, the alteration of sensory and motor signaling, and a reduction in pain sensitivity, which may contribute to improving strength, balance, and endurance for individuals with low back pain.”

As you probably know, here in Texas, we are in a perpetual battle against the Texas Medical Association. Recently, they won a decision that was upheld on appeal to remove the ‘neuro’ snippet from our scope description of treatment the neuromusculoskeletal system. Essentially, they say we only treat the musculoskeletal system. With the research you have done and are currently involved in, what do you say to this?

What has been your favorite project or finding you have been a part of so far?

What has been your favorite paper, project, or finding that a colleague has written but you were not a part of?

What conclusion have you had to draw at the end of a paper that surprised you the most?

How do you see quality research translating into a greater level of inter-professional collaboration and how do you see the future of chiropractic unfolding in terms of integration into the healthcare system?

A tie-in question here, where do you see the profession in 10 years?

I know that low back is one of the biggest reasons for disability worldwide, if not the biggest. It deserves the attention it has received. We have research on low back pain now to the point that even traditional chiropractic detractors can’t really argue all that much with us on low back pain. But we still have a fight on our hands when it comes to cervical manipulation. My question is why do you think we don’t see more research for cervical manipulation and do you see the spotlight ever changing and the research beginning to focus on cervical manipulation and the benefits for neck pain and headache/migraine?

In the private Chiropractic Forward Facebook Group, we are curious….what are you up to right now? What are you working on? 

Apart from what you are working on right now, what are your goals in regard to research in the next 10 years?

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to join us. I hope our listeners got as much use out of our talk as I did. I truly believe that our profession is where it is and going the direction it’s going in large part because of you an d your efforts. 

And I thank you so much. 

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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 instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

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 or tell us your suggestions for future episodes. Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on iTunes and other podcast services. Y’all know how this works by now so help if you don’t mind taking a few seconds to do so.

Help us get to the top of podcasts in our industry. That’s how we get the message out. 

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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Tinnitus & New Guides For Neck-Related Headaches

Today we’re going to talk about a couple of papers touching on tinnitus as well as a paper that just came out on practice guides for persistent headaches associated with neck pain. We’ll have some fun learning some new info if you stick around. 

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OK, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

You have drifted into Episode #65. And I don’t mean drifted like a feather or a piece of wood in the ocean. No, I’m talking about dangerous, careless, speedy drifting in the car around a curve, man. That’s the drifting I’m talking about. I talk like I’ve drifted before. I haven’t. Well, at least not intentionally. We won’t talk about that one time down in Alpine, TX. Lol. Hey, I used to be in a touring band. What do you want from me? I used to be on the on’ry side. That’s all I’m saying. 

I’m still a little ornery but age has settled me quite a bit. Which is a good thing. I look at kids these days. My son is a teenager and really, for the most part, he’s just so good. No drugs, no drinking, loving as he can be. I think back to when I was his age. I was legitimately a menace to society. I mean that literally. It’s a wonder I’m alive but, as with most from my generation, we made it didn’t we? In spite of the lead paint, lack of bicycle helmets, and all that stuff. 

I want to take just a few seconds to thank Dr. David Graber. He gave The Chiropractic Forward Podcast a shout-out to a room of about 1000 chiropractors during his talk at the Parker Seminar in Vegas a week or so ago. While that doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, I’ll just say that, when you feel like a lot of times, you’re on your own and everything depends solely on you and your actions or, in-actions, it is a blessing to have others help share the word. When you guys share or help get the message out in any little way, it’s like I breath a little easier if that makes any sense. It’s like I’m part of a team rather than out here on an island shouting through a megaphone hoping a ship passing by hears me. 

Anyway, I know I thanked you in our private Facebook group but wanted to do so here as well. Very much appreciated, Amigo. 

Introduction

Let’s get on with it here. We’re here to advocate for chiropractic and to give you some awesome information to make your life easier from day-to-day. We’re going to keep you from wasting time in your week and give you confidence in your recommendations and treatments. And I feel confident in guaranteeing that to you if you listen and stick to it here at the Chiropractic Forward Podcast.  

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DACO

Let’s talk a bit about the DACO program. That’s the Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists. Why do the DACO? Because, if you want to integrated, you need to certificate. Or more accurately, you need to specialize and get accredited. That’s what the Diplomate is about. Bells, whistles, letters behind your name….yes. More importantly, you’ll be leaps and bounds beyond where you were prior to do it. 

Recent classes have been Tinnitus which we’ll talk about in a moment, carpal tunnel syndrome as part of a double crush syndrome, and managing hip osteoarthritis. Fascinating stuff. 

I saw a chiropractic student upset on Facebook the other day. He was upset because of some video that popped up on social media. It was an anti-vaccination speech and, honestly, it was pretty vile and hateful in the stance against vaccines. Look, you have whatever opinion you want on vaccines, we’re never going to get into that here. That’s not why I mention it. 

The student clearly did not agree with this speech from CalJam and was wondering what kind of profession he’s spending all of this money to be a part of. He was basically questioning what kind of future he’s going to have when you have a profession that is getting continuing education hours for speeches like that. 

I could confidently tell him, and you by the way, that there has never been a better time to be a chiropractor. At least not in the last 35-40 years anyway. We’ve all heard about the Mercedes 80’s. They sound real nice but they’re a pipe dream at this point. 

Right now, there has never been the research backing up what we do. We have it overflowing. Not only in our effectiveness either. We have research on how we’re more effective than PT and MDs. We have research on how our patients are more satisfied with our outcomes than any other practitioner. We have research on how we do all of that while costing less. 

Never before have we had a national epidemic. This little thing we call the opioid epidemic that is driving every healthcare practitioner to look for non-pharma means of treating their patients. That means you and me. 

And never before have we had the capability or opportunities that we have now to integrate with our medical colleagues and become more and more a part of a team of healthcare practitioners. 

We are moving more to the center rather than staying out on the fringes of healthcare like the red-headed step child. 

No offense to red-heads or step-children. 

Anyway, Diplomate programs are more than letters behind a name. They’re about progressing you and your profession. Building knowledge and respect. 

I get nothing for talking about the DACO. I just think certification and professional standardization are important things. Email me at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com if you have some questions about getting started.

Personal Happenings

And the hunt for a front desk rock star continues. I want to share with you the fact that indeed.com and Facebook work ads are great at netting you about 1.3 million resumes but not good, well-qualified candidates. Every damn time I post a job listing, I’ll get around 150 recipients. Only a very limited few are worth anything. Most aren’t even qualified for the job. 

For instance I got a resume yesterday from a dude that can run a fork lift. Hey, I like forklift drivers fine but that won’t get it done at the front desk of a healthcare facility, right? It’s an insane waste of time going through all of these but, what the hell else are you going to do? you have to have an employee. And I’m not going to my friends to ask if they know of anyone because I don’t want my friends hitting me up for a job. Lol. If that doesn’t work out, not only have you lost an employee but you’ve also lost a friend. 

No thanks!

Item #1

I have had an increase in tinnitus in my left ear after a plane ride I took back from Austin a couple of weeks ago. Bad enough that I went to a specialist for it. Turns out, she said I have, in some frequencies, moderate loss. I said, “What?” Lol. 

Well, I’ve been a touring musician before so, what’s new? I could have told you that. But, it’s been bad in just the past couple of weeks so something changed in that window of time. I started taking some DACO classes and noticed one on tinnitus so jumped to that drill for obvious reasons. 

I don’t want to go into details of the class but I do want to talk about some of the research cited for the class and we’ll start with this one called, “Does multi-modal cervical physical therapy improve tinnitus in patients with cervicogenic somatic tinnitus?” It was authored by S Michiels, P Van de Heyning, and a bunch of other very difficult names and published in Manual Therapy in 2016(Michiels S 2016). 

Why They Did It

Tinnitus can be related to many different etiologies such as hearing loss or a noise trauma, but it can also be related to the somatosensory system of the cervical spine, called cervicogenic somatic tinnitus (CST). Knowing that case studies have suggested a positive effect of cervical spinal treatment on tinnitus, this study wanted to dive a little deeper on it. 

How They Did It

It was a randomized controlled trial of subjects having a combination of tinnitus and neck pain. Like a combo meal, instead of a burger and fries, it was neck ache and ear ringing. Make that two please, thank you. 

Each subject received cervical physical therapy for 6 weeks which equaled 12 sessions. 

What They Found

Cervical physical therapy can have a positive effect on subjective tinnitus complaints in patients with a combination of tinnitus and neck complaints.

Pretty cool stuff there. 

Item #2

Let’s double down with this one from Oostendorp, et. al. called “Cervicogenic somatosensory tinnitus: An indication for manual therapy? Part 1: Theoretical concept” published in 2016 in Manual Therapy(Oosterndorp RA 2016). 

The Big Idea

Tinnitus can be evoked or modulated by input from the somatosensory and somatomotor systems. This means that the loudness or intensity of tinnitus can be changed by sensory or motor stimuli such as muscle contractions, mechanical pressure on myofascial trigger points, transcutaneous electrical stimulation or joint movements.

Interesting yeah? I think so. 

They go on to say, “The neural connections and integration of the auditory and somatosensory systems of the upper cervical region and head have been confirmed by many studies. These connections can give rise to a form of tinnitus known as somatosensory tinnitus. 

Broadening the current understanding of somatosensory tinnitus would represent a first step towards providing therapeutic approaches relevant to manual therapists. Treatment modalities involving the somatosensory systems, and particularly manual therapy, should now be re-assessed in the subgroup of patients with cervicogenic somatosensory tinnitus”

And that’s just what they’re doing. Fascinating stuff considering that you’ve always heard, “you’ll just have to live with it.” Basically, if you can change the intensity, quality, or frequency of the ringing, by moving your jaw or stressing the cervical spine in different directions, there’s more than a solid chance that you can change it completely through cervical manipulative or manual therapy. 

If I remember correctly the guesstimate was around 65% of the cases may be affected by chiropractors for the positive. 

Hell yeah and pass the potatoes people. 

Item #3

Our last thing today is called “Non‐pharmacological Management of Persistent Headaches Associated with Neck Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration” written by Pierre Cote, Hainan Yu, Heather Shearer, et. al. and published in European Journal of Pain in February 2019(Cote P 2019). 

Hot off the presses and I know you like it served hot like that. Cold or lukewarm education just isn’t as good as piping hot brain nuggets.

Why They Did It

To develop an evidence‐based guideline for the non‐pharmacological management of persistent headaches associated with neck pain (i.e., tension‐type or cervicogenic).

How They Did It

This guideline is based on systematic reviews of high‐quality studies. A multidisciplinary expert panel considered the evidence of clinical benefits, cost‐effectiveness, societal and ethical values, and patient experiences when formulating recommendations.

What They Found

When managing patients with headaches associated with neck pain, clinicians should: 

  1. rule out major structural or other pathologies, or migraine as the cause of headaches; 
  2. classify headaches associated with neck pain as tension‐type headache or cervicogenic headache once other sources of headache pathology has been ruled out; 
  3. provide care in partnership with the patient and involve the patient in care planning and decision‐making; 
  4. provide care in addition to structured patient education; 
  5. consider low load endurance craniocervical and cervicoscapular exercises for tension‐type headaches (episodic or chronic) or cervicogenic headaches >3 months duration; 
  6. consider general exercise, multimodal care (spinal mobilization, craniocervical exercise, and postural correction), or clinical massage for chronic tension‐type headaches; 
  7. do not offer manipulation of the cervical spine as the sole form of treatment for episodic or chronic tension‐type headaches; 
  8. consider manual therapy (manipulation with or without mobilization) to the cervical and thoracic spine for cervicogenic headaches >3 months duration. However, there is no added benefit in combining spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization, and exercises; and 
  9. reassess the patient at every visit to assess outcomes and determine whether a referral is indicated.

All of this is just a part of making us all better day to day. Those paying attention have the leg up. No doubt. 

Here’s the problem with being patient-centered instead of doctor-centered. We have to be OK with watching the high volume practices running through like cattle….we have to be OK watching them make millions while we have an average case treatment of only 7-10 visits. 

So what? Big deal. I always say that I could have a bigger house and more vacations but I sleep very well at night and, being a Christian as I’ve mentioned before, I’m at peace knowing I’m square with my maker and treat people the way they should be treated. 

Religious or not, patient-centered doctors can always take comfort in the fact that they’re doing what is in the best interest of their patients. 

It’s a lovely thing isn’t it? Honesty, ethics, love, cumbaya, and all that tom foolery….. They’re just little bricks that are the building blocks of an excellent life and career. 

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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 instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

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 or tell us your suggestions for future episodes. Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on iTunes and other podcast services. Y’all know how this works by now so help if you don’t mind taking a few seconds to do so.

Help us get to the top of podcasts in our industry. That’s how we get the message out. 

Connect

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Bibliography

Cote P, Y. H., Shearer HM, (2019). “Non‐pharmacological Management of Persistent Headaches Associated with Neck Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration.” European Journal of Pain.

Michiels S, V. d. H. P. (2016). “Does multi-modal cervical physical therapy improve tinnitus in patients with cervicogenic somatic tinnitus?” Man Ther: 125-135.

Oosterndorp RA, B. I., Mikolajewska E, (2016). “Cervicogenic somatosensory tinnitus: An indication for manual therapy? Part 1: Theoretical concept.” Man Ther: 120-123.

https://www.chiropracticforward.com/proven-means-to-treat-neck-pain/?v=7516fd43adaa

https://www.chiropracticforward.com/debunked-the-odd-myth-that-chiropractors-cause-strokes/








Government-Regulated Rehab, Do Rotator Cuffs Need Repair, Carpal Tunnel

Government-Regulated Rehab, Do Rotator Cuffs Need Repair, Carpal Tunnel

Today we’re going to reach into my bag of papers that have been sitting and gathering a little dust waiting for their time in the sun. We’re talking about government-regulated rehab. Is it any more effective than doctor-regulated? Do you send rotator cuff issues straight to a surgeon and is that the smartest thing? We’ll also skim over some new info on carpal tunnel syndrome. 

But first, here’s that “goes down so smooth” bumper music.

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You have Frankenstein-shuffled into Episode #63 all creepy like

Introduction

Why does this podcast even exist? We’re here to advocate for chiropractic and to give you some awesome information to make your life easier from day-to-day. We’re going to keep you from wasting time through your week by giving you confidence in your recommendations and in your treatments. 

This is something I feel confident in guaranteeing you if you listen and stick to it here at the Chiropractic Forward Podcast.  I’m no guru but I do believe I was blessed with some amount of common sense that somehow continues to keep me in the game. You are ABSOLUTELY going to pick up some nuggets that you can use in your own practice. 

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We can order any of the posters whenever but, I want to get pre-orders in place for the brochures since they have to be ordered in bulk. With pre-orders helping me do that, I can get them ordered at the end of March, get them to me in about a week and then get them to you in a week so, they’d be in your hands roughly mid-April. So, if you’re team Chiropractic Forward, go check them out and order up. I’ll make it happen for us all. 

I’m getting them for my office as well ya see. I can’t wait to get them. And, I have a ton more I’m working on. But, I’ll be using funds from the first batch, to fund the next batch of these brochures. Rome wasn’t built in a day, folks, cut me some damn slack. Help me out with the first batch and we’ll be up and running. Who knows what we can get done around here together?

DACO

DACO talk, hell yeah. I’m back to rocking and rolling thanks to the guys down under in Australia. They are very intuitive and really do go out of their way to make sure you’re enjoying the courses and getting what you can out of them. 

Recent courses for me have been Acute Torticollis in the Adult and Osteoporotic Compression fractures – Recognizing the Clues. 

I dreaded stepping into the whole idea of 300 hours added to an already full load of work, family, and hobbies. Honestly, I’ve said before, I see 60-70 new patients a month, wife and two kids, I build live edge furniture, I’m a musician many weekends, and a sculptor who’s trying to teach himself to paint and…well…I like to get ornery and have a beer here and there on the weekends too. (you need to grow up)

I don’t say that to brag and say Oh look at me look at me. I’m trying to make the point that, if I can do it, you can do it.

Here’s the deal, I was always learning and adding and reading research papers and all of that stuff anyway. I thought I’d take one live class and get some continuing education hours. Hell, I figured I’d sit in the class for a couple of hours and then go have lunch with my wife. 

Yeah, that didn’t happen. In fact, I’m blaming it all on Dr. Tim Bertlesmen for getting me into it. He and Dr. Brandon Steele are the partners in ChiroUp and he was teaching a class here for the Texas Chiropractic Association’s state convention last summer. I saw him in the expo hall and he told me to come check the class out.

I said I’ll check it out for a bit. He said, “You’ll like it. You’ll stay for the whole thing.” Dammit if he wasn’t right. Lol. Just amazing information that could be used immediately and I literally feel that way about every class I’ve had since then.

So, you see, it hasn’t been stressful. It hasn’t really been any work. It’s just been enjoyable learning that I would have been doing anyway. I might as well get something out of what I was already doing anyway, right?

When the hell do I have time to add 300 hours to my plate? Well, I take off about 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon to do a class. I usually take one on Saturday morning when I’m up before the rest of the family. Sometimes I’ll take another on Sunday. That puts me at about 9 hours a week.

Easy peesy. 

If I can get you started, email me at dr. williams @chiropractic forward.com

Personal Happenings

In personal happenings, it’s been a little crazy around here as you all might can gather if you follow along. If you remember we had a front desk issue back in August and just couldn’t get the position filled. Well, my amazing wife stepped in, got trained on insurance, billing, and all of that lovely mess of crap. She is literally the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life. Some may question her decision to marry me and her intelligence in making that decision but, I think she’s freaking Einstein basically. 

Anyway, that has turned into us getting to work at 8 am and now, because she’s a perfectionist and still maintains her work responsibilities from her other job….which she does from home….we’re literally here until about 8 pm every night and I’m just about done with that people. Being busy is a good problem to have but there is a point where it’s just too much. 

I think a nurse practitioner can take some of the load off and I think maybe bringing in a new young hungry associate would be really nice. But, while I can talk about evidence and research, I’m afraid I’m not particularly skilled at hiring associates or setting up a medical entity but, that’s the direction I’m moving in because this workload is not sustainable for me to have a happy life. It’s just not. Example: on Wednesday of last week, in one day, as a solo practitioner, we had 12 new patients. Now, 6 were just intakes from one car wreck and it went efficiently but, you get the point. 

While it is do-able, for me, it’s not necessarily desirable to have the stress of being piled up on. I’m more like 3 or 4 new patients per day spread evenly throughout the week with some periodic re-exams and a bunch of happy patients just getting better and better every time I see them. THAT’S my idea of a happy workday. That’s not what we have right now. Lol. Good problem to have, admittedly but, still stressful. 

We’re hiring right now to help take some load off of the wife and, before long, I’ll be turning my attention to integrating. You know I’ll be sharing my experience as we go through it all. 

Item #1: Government-regulated Rehab

This first item we’re going to talk about is titled “Is a government-regulated rehabilitation guideline more effective than general practitioner education or preferred-provider rehabilitation in promoting recovery from acute whiplash-associated disorders? A pragmatic randomised controlled trial(Cote P 2019)” written by Pierre Cote, Eleanor Boyle, Heather Shearer, and a plethora of others. It was published in the British Medical Journal Open in 2019 and is cited in our show notes for episode 63. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of a government-regulated guidelines line when comparing it to education and activation by general practitioners and to a preferred-provider insurance-based rehab program on self-reported global recovery from acute whiplash-associated disorders Grades 1-2. 

As mentioned in the title of the paper, it was a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. 

What They Found

Here’s what they decided, “Time-to-recovery did not significantly differ across intervention groups. We found no differences between groups with regard to neck-specific outcomes, depression and health-related quality of life.”

Item #2: Rotator Cuffs & Need For Repair

This one is called “What happens to patients when we do not repair their cuff tears? Five-year rotator cuff quality-of-life index outcomes following nonoperative treatment of patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears(Boorman RS 2018).” Twas written by RS Boorman, KD More, RM Hollinshead, and a gaggle of others. Published in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in March of 2018. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to look at the 5-year outcomes in patients enrolled in a nonoperative rotator cuff tear treatment program. What happened with them?

How They Did It

They took patients with chronic, defined as greater than three months, full-thickness rotator cuff tears on MRI that were enrolled in the nonoperative study from 2008-2010. 

They started a nonoperative, home-based treatment program and they were followed up with after different time intervals. 

What They Found

Check this out, at 5 or more years follow-up, approximately 75% of patients remained successfully treated with nonoperative treatment and had a quality of life score of 83 out of 100. 

Between years 2 and 5, only 3 patients thought to have a successful outcome regressed and had surgery

The operative and the nonoperative groups at the 5-year follow-up were not significantly different. 

Wrap It Up

The authors concluded, “Nonoperative treatment is an effective and lasting option for many patients with a chronic, full-thickness rotator cuff tear. While some clinicians may argue that nonoperative treatment delays inevitable surgical repair, our study shows that patients can do very well over time.”

Pow. Snap. Bam. Smash. Kapow!

I don’t know why I take such joy in seeing that surgeons have less reason to do surgery but it give me a tickle in my belly and a warm fuzzy feeling. Who wants a hug, people? I’m feeling the spirit here. 

Item #3: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Our last item here is called “The Effect of Manual Therapy Including Neurodynamic Techniques on the Overall Health Status of People With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial(Wolny T 2018)” and is written by T Wolney, et. al., published in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in October of 2018. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to check the influence of manual therapy, including neurodynamic techniques, when compared to no treatment on overall health status in those with mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Again, as the title says, it was a randomized controlled trial with 189 subjects. 

They underwent treatment twice weekly. 

What exactly is meant by the term ‘Neurodynamic Technique’? Well, have you ever heard of nerve flossing? That is a type of neurodynamic technique. Gliding or sliding the median nerve in the case of carpal tunnel. Tensioning, relaxing basically. Pull out your Google machine. You’ll find some great YouTube examples of Neurodynamic Techniques to help you with your carpal tunnel patients. 

Now, what did they find?

The authors were able to conclude the following, “Manual therapy, including neurodynamic techniques, had a positive effect on overall health status in this group of individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Key Takeaways

  • The government doesn’t do a particularly better job than you can do on your own if you’re educated and stay evidence-informed
  • Even full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff do not mean surgical intervention in most patients
  • Carpal Tunnel Surgery doesn’t require surgical intervention in most mild-moderate patients if you learn some take-home exercises and implement neurodynamic techniques
  • Surgeons are going to need to start down-sizing those houses and maybe forego buying that private plane as they will be less and less busy in the years to come. 

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The Evidence-based Chiropractic 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 instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient.

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

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 or tell us your suggestions for future episodes. Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on iTunes and other podcast services. Y’all know how this works by now so help if you don’t mind taking a few seconds to do so.

Help us get to the top of podcasts in our industry. That’s how we get the message out.

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Bibliography

  • Boorman RS, M. K., Lollinshead RM, (2018). “What happens to patients when we do not repair their cuff tears? Five-year rotator cuff quality-of-life index outcomes following nonoperative treatment of patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears.” J Shoulder Elbow Surg 27(3): 444-448.
  • Cote P, S. B., Shearer HM, (2019). “Is a government-regulated rehabilitation guideline more effective than general practitioner education or preferred-provider rehabilitation in promoting recovery from acute whiplash-associated disorders? A pragmatic randomised controlled trial.” BMJ Open 9(e021283).
  • Wolny T (2018). “The Effect of Manual Therapy Including Neurodynamic Techniques on the Overall Health Status of People With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 41(8): 641-649.

CF 033: Did You Need Proof That Chiropractors Help Headaches?

CF 041: w/ Dr. William Lawson – Research For Neck Pain

 

 

 

CF 062: Chiropractic Prevalence, JAMA’s Awful Info on Opioids, & New Info on Screen Time

CF 062: Chiropractic Prevalence, JAMA’s Awful Info on Opioids, & New Info on Screen Time

Today we’re going to talk about chiropractic prevalence, a new article in JAMA with some pretty terrible projections for opioid use and deaths, and new information on kiddos and the time they spend on screens. 

But first, here’s that bumper music

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OK, we are back. Welcome to the podcast today, I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

You have collapsed into Episode #62

Introduction

We’re here to advocate for chiropractic and to give you some awesome information to make your life easier from day-to-day. We’re going to keep you from wasting time through your week by giving you confidence in your recommendations and in your treatments. This is something I feel confident in guaranteeing you if you listen and stick to it here at the Chiropractic Forward Podcast.  

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DACO

Let’s talk a bit about the DACO program. Man, this is how it goes with the DACO: just yesterday morning, I had a patient come in, mid-’60s and literally everything hurt. Restless leg syndrome was her main complaint but her GP just yesterday already started her on Vitamin D and iron supplements so she’s going in the right direction there. I have heard of acupuncture being good for it as well but have not seen any research on that so can’t make that claim. 

Anyhooo…literally everything hurt, couldn’t sit down and basically, a general overall look of being unwell for a lack of a better word. She just didn’t look healthy. I started asking her about bone scans and she’d never had one. Well, this guy just gets feelings and when I get a feeling, they get sent out. I sent her out for a bone scan. 

No kidding, that afternoon I sit down for a class. The next one up? Yep, diagnosing osteoporosis. Lol. Wouldn’t you know it? Anyway, had I had this class before the encounter with the new patient, I might not have sent her. I’m not sure.

But, it’s just funny how in tune with clinical practice the classes really are. Also, as a consequence of the class, I have a quick sheet made up that changes the way I deal with potential osteoporosis patients from here on out. Forever and ever amen. 

Personal Happenings

So far, not a lot of blowback on my recent episode covering my thoughts on faith-based practices. Sometimes I’m mouthy, right? I get it. Who the hell cares what I have to say? I don’t know who cares honestly. Lol. But, we’re growing and growing so at least some of you identify with my way of thinking.

I’m religious and I think that’s what makes me feel that I can be credible in critiquing certain things in regard to religion. I just have a hard time with management companies coaching their impressionable doctors how to use the bible to manipulate scared patients looking for answers. When I think about it, it makes my pee hot. 

Anyway, it turns out that you guys agree with me and that makes me like you even more. Before you know it, we’re all going to be besties and share milkshakes with two straws and all of that mumbo jumbo. 

I’m glad you’re here with me today as we dive into the information I have for you this week. Here we go. 

Item #1

I want to start with one that had some conclusions I found surprising and somewhat encouraging……sort of. This new paper from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published January 18, 2019, and authored by Stephanie Taylor, Patricia Herman, Nell Marshall, and colleagues called “Use of Complementary and Integrated Health: A Retrospective Analysis of US Veterans with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Nationally[1].”

Due to time constraints on me, I didn’t go beyond the abstract here so….freaking sue me. I’ll have it cited in the show notes at chiropracticforward.com so you can go get it and dive in you over-over-achiever you with all that time sitting around. Must be nice pal. 

Why They Did It

The authors say that little is known regarding the use of complementary and integrative health therapies for chronic pain in the VA system which is the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system. We will get into chiropractic prevalence briefly.

In my experience, I can echo this paper’s sentiment that the VA is at the forefront of the movement away from opioids and toward alternative healthcare. 

They researched this paper over 2 years for the use of 9 types of alternative therapies that included meditation, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, guided imagery, biofeedback, tai chi, massage, and hypnosis. 

What they found

27% of younger veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain use alternative healthcare

The most used for was meditation at 15%. I found that surprising. Meditation means slowing down, sitting still, relaxing, and all that good stuff. In this day and age, I just have a hard time seeing that as the most prevalent form of alternative healthcare. 

We all think we’re so busy and, for us chiropractors, a lot of us really ARE too busy to stop and meditate. I may just be taking my own personal experience here and assuming everyone else on the planet is like me and, of course, that’s not true. Still, meditation was the most prevalent in this study. 

Yoga was next at 7%. Again, I guess I haven’t realized how popular yoga is getting these days but, I know the VA is pushing it so that may be playing a part in it. 

Coming in in 3rd place we have acupuncture. Once again, it’s surprising to me but, the VA is directing the recommendations and, in the real world, outside of the VA, acupuncture does not out-pace chiropractic. I do believe the VA is seeing it’s use for PTSD and chronic pain though and is responding appropriately. 

Finally, here comes Chiropractic care coasting in in 4th place for chiropractic prevalence.

Ugh. We know outside the enclosed ecosystem of the VA, chiropractic care is not less prevalent than yoga, meditation, and acupuncture. But, being within the VA, we know that medical doctors, PA’s, and nurse practitioners are making these recommendations and referrals so we still clearly have a lot of work to do. We are still a world away from where we need to be in regard to chiropractic prevalence,

You know what else that means though right? There are incredible potential and opportunity. If the VA is an example of the rest of the allopathic world, we could say that even fewer than 5% of chronics get referred to us from the GPs and orthopedic surgeons. I think that’s fair because most of them are unaware of Dr. Christine Goertz’s work that was published in JAMA not long ago.

If you’re unfamiliar with that, go listen to Episode 25 of this podcast. In short, she showed how veterans with chiropractic care mixed in with their traditional care had better outcomes. That’s when we started seeing the referrals from the VA

Also, you’ll notice that all of the nine therapies tracked here were on the list of first-line therapies that came from the updated recommendations by the American College of Physicians in February of 2016[2]. 

I guess my point on the paper here is that the medical world, or at least the VA part of it, is paying attention to research regardless of whether it goes against their previously held biases. They are absolutely trying to reverse the opioid epidemic. And we have a lot of work to do to gain that trust and get those referrals. When they’re recommending meditation before chiropractic care for chronic pain, then there is a ton of room for us to shine. So go shine it up all you shiny happy people out there. 

Item #2

On to item numero dos, number 2 for our non-Spanish speaking population out there. This one is discouraging and…..well….awful if I’m being honest.

This one is from JAMA called “Prevention of Prescription Opioids Misuse and Projected Overdose Deaths in the United States” published on February 1, 2019, and authored by Quiushi Chen, Marc Larochelle, David Weaver, and colleagues[3].

Why They Did It

In JAMA, they always start with the question being answered here. The authors wanted to answer this one: “what is the projected effect of lowering incident non-medical prescription opioid use on the future trajectory of the opioid overdose crisis in the USA?

I’m just going to cut to the chase on it and leave a bunch of details out. Here’s why. I don’t want us getting bogged down in the details and methods and all that stuff.

I want you to be able to retain just a few numbers and not be distracted by the rest of the minutiae. You like that word? I know you do. Minutiae, You say that to the right fellow nerd and you may just get you a date, people.

It’s a powerful word so take it, use it, enjoy it. I swear I’m undiagnosed ADHD. I swear it. 

Anyway, here’s the deal, although we as a nation, as a world, now see the issues with opioids and are now trying to address the issue, It’s not getting better and it won’t get any better according to this paper. 

Check it out, according to this paper, the annual number of opioid overdose deaths is projected to increase from 33,100 in 2015…..then we know that 72,000 died in 2017….all the way up to 81,700 deaths projected 2025. 

They are projecting from 2016-2025 to lose a total of approximately 700,400 people to opioid deaths. They say about 80% of that will be due to illicit opioids. I don’t know how the hell they can tell that but that may be a little bit of, “yeah it’s happening but it’s not our fault,” BS going on there but who knows? In this paper, they’re assuming that the illegal use of opioids will increase from 61% in 2015 to 80% by 2025. I don’t know. Sounds like fuzzy math to me but I’m not a researcher. 

I think their numbers are fuzzy because we know 2015 saw about 36,000 die, but then 2016 saw around 63,000 die if I remember correctly. Then, 2017 saw 72,000 die. Are you seeing the graph there in your mind? It’s not only up and to the right on this deal, but its up and to the right like it’s climbing Mt. Everest. The numbers have harnesses fastened tightly and ropes and expert climbing guides and they’re going straight up the face like pros! 

These guys are guessing that by 2025, in 9 years, the deaths will only have increased a total of 9,000 per year, so….they’ll only increase an average of 1,000 deaths per year. Do you see why I think they’re crazy? The deaths increased by 9,000 just last year. Do you see what I’m saying? I’m not saying they’re wrong but….they’re wrong. Lol. 

They then say that across all interventions tested, further lowering the incidence of prescription opioid misuse from 2015 levels is projected to decrease overdose deaths by only 3%-5.3%. 

Their quoted conclusion is, “This study’s findings suggest that interventions targeting prescription opioid misuse such as prescription monitoring programs may have a modest effect, at best, on the number of opioid overdose deaths in the near future. Additional policy interventions are urgently needed to change the course of the epidemic.”

So what do we take from this exactly? Here’s my deal. On the surface at least it smells like a steaming pot of shoo shoo caca doody, 

Instead of recognizing the fact that unnecessary surgeries were many times the reason people got addicted in the first place, and that there are amazing opportunities outside the allopathic world to prevent those unnecessary and financially motivated surgeries, they say, “Hey look, a lot of this is done illegally and that’s just going to get worse and our part of this is really very small.

In fact, we can lower the prescriptions of opioids but it’s really not going to do a lot of good and, in fact, we think we should still be able to prescribe them as much as we are right now….blah blah blah poop coming out of the mouth and falling onto the floor with a splat. 

They are making guesses 9 years in the future what addict behaviors will be. I think that’s presumptuous and ultimately impossible. I just thought it was entertaining and that you all might enjoy this group trying to minimize responsibility or what role they can really play on decreasing opioid use.

I could totally be mischaracterizing this and they may have the best intentions in mind. While I trust my GP and I trust the friends of mine that are surgeons personally….I just don’t trust stuff like this. 

Obviously, I don’t agree with them but I’m a bumpkin chiro on the Texas Plains. I wouldn’t listen to me if I were them either. Lol. 

Item #3

OK, last item for this week and it’s something I’m admittedly fascinated with and I think that’s because I have a high schooler and a 5th grader and this stuff hits home any time I see it or read about it. 

This one was in JAMA too and called, “Association Between Screen Time and Children’s Performance on a Developmental Screening Test” written by Sheri Madigan, Dillon Browne, Nicole Racine and colleagues[4] published January 28, 2019. 

Why They Did It

The main question they were trying to answer was this, “Is increased screen time associated with poor performance on children’s developmental screening tests?” Basically, does screen time have a direct effect on child development?

They had 2,441 kiddos in it. A random-intercepts, cross-lagged panel model revealed that higher levels of screen time at 24 and 36 months were significantly associated with poorer performance on developmental screening tests at 36 months and 60 months. 

What They Found

Their conclusion was, “The results of this study support the directional association between screen time and child development. Recommendations include encouraging family media plans, as well as managing screen time, to offset the potential consequences of excess use.”

Yes, it’s easy to just hand them a device and hope they’re quiet long enough to get a nap in. Guilty as charged. Guilty as charged. 

But, turns out as we may have guessed if we really thought about it 8-9 years ago when all of this really started….this isn’t in their best interest in the long run. 

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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 instead of chemical treatments like pills and shots.

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

Chiropractic care is safe and cost-effective. It can decrease instances of surgery & disability. Chiropractors normally do this through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal time requirements or hassle to the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, chiropractors can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health of the patient!

Key Point:

Patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment offering the least harm.

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