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Healthcare Utilization for Spine Pain & Sensorimotor Retraining on Pain Intensity

CF 246: Healthcare Utilization for Spine Pain & Sensorimotor Retraining on Pain Intensity Today we’re going to talk about Healthcare Utilization for Spine Pain & Sensorimotor Retraining on Pain Intensity But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent educational resource for you AND your patients. It saves you time putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #246 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Upregulated Central Nervous System & Shared Decision Making With The Patient. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Back to school has us down in numbers as it dies every year but we are in the rebound already  So, I’ve got a few things working as far as marketing goes but let’s talk about something; have you ever hired a full time clinic rep or marketing rep? Someone that has the full time job of promoting your clinic. I have not done this but I was having a conversation about it with a colleague last week.

My friend expressed how $80k per year was just not realistic for a chiropractor. My friend has four clinics in a metroplex so I got to thinking……is it unrealistic? If so, how unrealistic is it exactly? So I started crunching numbers.  Let me share my thoughts. First, I’ve always thought that I’d spend $100k to make $150-$200k/ year. Why wouldn’t you? That’s a $50k raise in pay and you can do a lot with $50k.  Keeping that in mind, I went to tracking some numbers. First, what’s my case value? What is one patient worth to our practice? $500? $600? $1500? To work this out, you must know this number. Once you have the rep’s salary, we’ll say it’s $80k/year, then you alright, let’s divide the salary by our per patient case value. For easy math let’s take $80k salary divided by let’s say $800 for the case value. That equals 100 patients. So it will take 100 new patients over the course of a year to pay for that rep.

Everything over 100 patients is gravy.

If you were paying a rep that much, would t you expect at least 10 new patients per month from their efforts? If they truly know what they’re doing, I think that’s super conservative. So 10 new patients per month times 12 months in a year is 120 new patients. So 20 are gravy. 20 gravy patients times out case value of $800 is and extra $16,000 that year. But do you think a professional rep that is marketing your clinic all day every day is only going to bring in 10 new patients per month? And is you case value sitting at $800?  Your case value may be $1500.

That would be a no brainer then wouldn’t it?  Then you’d pay that salary in 53 new patients and at 10 new ones per month,120 let’s year minus 53 = 67 gravy patients and 67 c a case value of $1500 means an extra $100,500 that year, But again, a rep worth anything will be bringing in a lot more than 10 new patients per month. So, think about it. Is a rep out of bounds? I don’t know depends on the salary and the case value but I’d definitely pull a Stu McGill and say……It Depends. If you have experience hiring a rep, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please email me at Dr.williams@chiropracticfirwars.com so I can get a better idea of how all of it works. 

Item #1

First one is called “Risk Factors Associated with Healthcare Utilization for Spine Pain” by Higgins, et al. (Diana M Higgins 2022) He’s a PhD. There are seeveral PhDs on this paper, I see a coupl dof MDs and one DC. It was published in Pain Medicine in August 2022. Shaaaazzzaaam! Hot. 

Why They Did It

This study examined potential risk factors associated with healthcare utilization among patients with neck and back pain.

How They Did It

A two-stage sampling approach examined spine pain episodes of care among veterans with a yearly outpatient visit for six consecutive years. 

What They Found

  • Among 331,908 veterans without spine pain episodes of care during the 2-year baseline observation period, 16.5% had a new episode of care during the following 2-year observation period. 
  • Of those 54,852 veterans, 37,025 had an outpatient visit data during the final 2-year follow-up period, with 53.7% evidencing continued spine pain care. 
  • Those with continued care were more likely to be overweight or obese, non-smokers, Army veterans, have higher education, and had higher rates of diagnoses of all medical and mental health conditions examined at baseline. 
  • Among several important findings, women had 13% lower odds of continued care during the final 2-year observation period.

Wrap It Up

A number of important demographics and clinical considerations were associated with increased likelihood of seeking new and continued episodes of care for spine pain Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com & get $50 off your purchase. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. I love it, my patients love it, and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it.

Item #2

The last one today is called, “Effect of Graded Sensorimotor Retraining on Pain Intensity in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Bagg, et. al. (Bagg MK 2022) and published in JAMA on the 2nd of August, 2022. Schiizaa, sizzlin’

Why They Did It

  • The effects of altered neural processing, defined as altering neural networks responsible for perceptions of pain and function, on chronic pain remains unclear.. 
  • The authors wanted to estimate the effect of a graded sensorimotor retraining intervention (RESOLVE) on pain intensity in people with chronic low back pain.

How They Did It

  • Randomized clinical trial recruited participants with chronic nonspecific low back pain from primary care and community settings. 
  • 276 adults were randomized to the intervention or sham 
  • Took place in Sydney, Australia. 
  • December 10, 2015 to July 25, 2019. 
  • Follow-up was completed on February 3, 2020.
  • Participants randomized to the intervention group (n = 138) were asked to participate in 12 weekly clinical sessions and home training designed to educate them about and assist them with movement and physical activity while experiencing lower back pain. 
  • Participants randomized to the control group (n = 138) were asked to participate in 12 weekly clinical sessions and home training that required similar time as the intervention but did not focus on education, movement, and physical activity. 
  • The control group included sham laser and shortwave diathermy applied to the back and sham noninvasive brain stimulation.
  • The primary outcome was pain intensity at 18 weeks, measured on an 11-point numerical rating scale to 10 for which the between-group minimum clinically important difference is 1.0 point.

What They Found

A graded sensorimotor retraining intervention, compared with a sham procedure and attention control, resulted in a statistically significant improvement in pain intensity at 18 weeks (estimated mean difference, 1.0 point on an 11-point numeric rating scale

Wrap It Up

In this randomized clinical trial conducted at a single center among patients with chronic low back pain, graded sensorimotor retraining, compared with a sham procedure and attention control, significantly improved pain intensity at 18 weeks. Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic!

Contact

Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

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

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

Bibliography

Bagg MK, W. B., Cashin AG (2022). “Effect of Graded Sensorimotor Retraining on Pain Intensity in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA 328(5): 430-439.  

Diana M Higgins, P., Ling Han, MD, PhD, Robert D Kerns, PhD, Mary A Driscoll, PhD, Alicia A Heapy, PhD, Melissa Skanderson, MSW, Anthony J Lisi, DC, Kristin M Mattocks, PhD, Cynthia Brandt, MD, MPH, Sally G Haskell, MD, MS, (2022). “Risk Factors Associated with Healthcare Utilization for Spine Pain.” Pain Med 23(8): 1423-1433.    

Change Your Mind About Pain

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

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

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

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

On the personal end of things…..

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

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

So what’s it going to be?

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

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

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

Item #1

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

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

Why They Did It

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Item #2

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

Why They Did It

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

How They Did It

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

What They Found

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

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

Alright, that’s it.

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

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

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

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

Contact

Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

Connect

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

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Bibliography

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

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

Adjustments For Scoliosis & Importance Of Pain Perceptions

CF 231: Adjustments For Scoliosis & Importance Of Pain Perceptions Today we’re going to talk about Adjustments For Scoliosis & Importance Of Pain Perceptions But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

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

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #231 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about lumbar stenosis. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Weelllll, what a weekend I just wrapped up. You never know when life is going to throw darts with your nose as the bullseye but my pickup truck died a couple of weeks ago. Died died. I had to replace the entire engine. What a sheer joy.  I guess COVID has made engines hard to find as well. So, over $3,000 to do that. Now, while it’s in the shop getting a new engine, I bought a 2021 Chevy Silverado down in the Houston, TX area.

I worked from 8-12 last Friday then hopped on an airplane for a 2-hour ride down to Houston, then an Uber from the airport to the dealership in Tomball, TX. About a 45-minute Uber.  Then to the dealership, sign some papers, hop in this beautiful black beast of a truck, and headed back on the 10-hour drive to Amarillo, TX. Texas is a big place folk. It just is. 

I made it all of the ways to Wichita Falls at about 11:00 that night, slept in a hotel, got up at 7:00 am, and made it the rest of the way. I was back in Amarillo by noon on Saturday. With a new vehicle that I’m in love with.  I think side gigs are vital. We can kill it in our personal practices.

But, due to insurance reimbursements or the challenges of a cash practice, or whatever the reasons may be, it always seems the margins are a bit thin. When you have a catastrophe like a vehicle dying and you have to hop out and get a newer vehicle, especially one that runs North of $50 or $55k, it’s nice to have that extra side income.  My side gigs are voice-over…..holy cow voice-over. It’s changed my life. For real.

The term ‘game-changer’ is so overused, but voice-over has been a literal game-changer.  Real Estate – I’ve been doing some real estate work lately. We bought a short-term rental in Lubbock, TX, the home of Texas Tech. They are a D1 school and have all of the events that come with a D1 school. Without getting too deeply into numbers, my total overhead per month on the house is $1100.

Just last weekend it was graduation weekend. Just last weekend on a 3-night stay we made $1600. So you can see where you can go with short-term rentals.  There is a method will encounter if you listen to the Bigger Pockets podcast and that method is called the BRRRR method. It stands for Buy – Renovate – Rent – Refinance – and Repeat.

So you buy it below value and you renovate it and raise the value. Then you rent it to start making some money. After a seasoning period of 4-6 months, you refinance the property and get your down payment mostly back out of the property. Then you put that money down on another fixer-upper and repeat the process.  So, we refinanced our long-term rental home here locally and got a good chunk out of it. Now, with that chunk, we are buying another hosue in Lubbock for our kids to live in while they go through college saving us thousands and thousands over the years they’re down there. Then we’ll either convert it to a short-term rental or we’ll sell it all together and put the money on a beach house in Florida.  We also are looking at the Texas A&M market for a short-term rental.

Who knows? But for the rest of this year, I think we settle down and watch what the market does. It’s due for a slow down. Just want to see where and how before getting in too deep.  So, these two side gigs have been mostly non-time consuming and mostly hands-off. It only takes about 15 minutes per week to self-manage a short-term rental.  And…..this truck payment isn’t going to put me in the poor house as it may have in the past. 

So, what side gigs are you working on? What’s been successful for you? I’d love to hear about it and maybe share it with the rest of the think tank here at Chiropractic Forward. Shoot me an email at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com Right before we get to it today…… are you tired of getting paid peanuts for your good work?  Insurance pays maybe half.  Medicare and Medicaid even less.  So how about full payment?  This comes with PI cases. How do you get these cases you ask? Learn the system.

Created by Paul Samakow, a 41-year veteran attorney – he explains in detail what to do, how to do it, and how to have attorneys not only send you their clients but how to assure they continue to do so. This system is delivered to you in both written and video form – Samakow is actually pretty funny when you watch – but his content and information are both spot on and serious, and will result in multiple referrals from attorneys if you follow his system. His system costs $997 and he guarantees satisfaction or your money back. You have to check this out.  Even if you only get one case, you’ve made at least 4 or 5 times the investment. Go to gettingpicases.com/cs That’s gettingpicases.com/cs One more time so you get it right:   gettingpicases.com/cs

Item #1

The first one here is called, “Clinical observation of chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of degenerative scoliosis” by Lu-Guang et. al. (Li LG 2022) and published in Zhongguao Gu Shang in May of 2022 smooookin’! I want to thank my New Jersey friend, Dr. David Graber, for posting this on on Facebook. 

Why They Did It

To observe clinical efficacy of chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of degenerative scoliosis 

How They Did It

  • 120 patients with degenerative scoliosis were randomly divided into treatment group and control group
  • From 2017 to 2019 
  • The patients in the treatment group were treated with chiropractic manipulation once every other day for 4 weeks. 
  • The patients in control group were treated with eperisone hydrochloride tablets combined with a thoracolumbar orthopedic (TSLO) brace, oral eperisone hydrochloride tablets 50 mg three times a day, wearing TSLO brace for not less than 8 hours a day.
  • The course of treatment was 4 weeks. 
  • After the patients were selected into the group, visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) were recorded before treatment, 1, 2, 3, 4 weeks after treatment and 1 month after treatment. 
  • The full length X-ray of the spine was taken before and 4 weeks after treatment, and the scoliosis Cobb angle, sagittal vertical axis (SVA) and lumbar lordosis (LL) were measured and compared. 

What They Found

  • There were significant differences in VAS and Oswestry Disability Index between the two groups at each time point after treatment There was significant difference in Cobb angle between treatment group and control group after treatment, but there was no significant difference in lumbar lordosis and sagittal vertical axis between treatment group and control group. 
  • There was no significant difference in Cobb angle, lumbar lordosis and sagittal vertical axis between two groups before and after treatment. 
  • During the treatment, there were 4 mild adverse reactions in the control group and no adverse reactions in the treatment group.

Wrap It Up

Chiropractic manipulation can effectively relieve pain and improve lumbar function in patients with degenerative scoliosis. The onset of action is faster than that oral eperisone hydrochloride tablets combined with TSLO brace, and it has better safety and can improve Cobb angle of patients with degenerative scoliosis.

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

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Item #2

This last one today is called, “Pain cognitions and impact of low back pain after participation in a self-management program: a qualitative study”” by Joem et. al. (Joern 2022) and published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies on the 21st of February 2022.  Schizahhhh….that one’s bringing the heat!

Why They Did It

Benefits from low back pain (LBP) treatments seem to be related to patients changing their pain cognitions and developing an increased sense of control. Still, little is known about how these changes occur. The objective of this study was to gain insights into possible shifts in the understanding of LBP and the sense of being able to manage pain among patients participating in a LBP self-management intervention.

What They Found

  • Four main themes, corresponding to the characterization of four patient groups, were identified: 
    • ‘Feeling miscast, 
    • ‘Maintaining reservations’, 
    • ‘Struggling with habits’ and 
    • ‘Handling it’. 
  • The participants within each group differed in how they understood, managed, and communicated about their LBP. 
  • Some retained the perception of LBP as a threatening disease, some expressed a changed understanding that did not translate into new behaviors, while others had changed their understanding of pain and their reaction to pain.

Wrap It Up

The same intervention was experienced very differently by different people depending on how messages and communication resonated with the individual patient’s experiences and prior understanding of LBP. Awareness of the ways that individuals’ understanding of LBP interacts with behavior and physical activities appears central to providing adaptive professional support and meeting the needs of individual patients. I have repeated this time and time again on this podcast and to my patients. How people think about their pain goes a long way in determining how they will do in the long run. 

Communicate through the optimistic and hopeful filter. Make sure you’re pulling your patients back from the cliff with your words instead of pushing them into the chronic pain pit.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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  The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic!

Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference. 

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

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

 Bibliography

Joern, L., Kongsted, A., Thomassen, L, (2022). “Pain cognitions and impact of low back pain after participation in a self-management program: a qualitative study.” Chiropr Man Therap 30(8).  

Li LG, G. J., Gao CY, Sun W, Luo J, Yang KX, Yu J, Li JG, Wang BJ, Yang W, Zhuang MH (2022). “Clinical observation of chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of degenerative scoliosis.” Zhongguo Gu Shang 35(5): 442-447.  

Pain And COVID & Images Can Mislead

CF 225: Pain And COVID & Images Can Mislead Today we’re going to talk about Pain and COVID & how in the hands of the wrong practitioner, Imaging Can Mislead But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #225 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about The Complexity & Treatment of Chronic Pain. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. What a damn day folks. What a way to start a Monday. I get to work and have a message to remove the permissions on my page for one of the folks I have helping me with my ad campaign on Facebook.  Turns out he got hacked. Which means everyone he has permission with on social media got hacked as well! Including me. Unreal. So I showed up on a Monday going one direction with a ton of focuse. Next thing you know, I’m headed in teh complete opposite direction afraid I’m going to lose every bit of everything that makes up my professional online presence.  Including my Chiropractic Forward page and Insta. My Creek Stone Integrated Medical, my voice over page, my art page…..everything. I have a botu 22 pages for various things. Furniture building, bands I’ve been in, charity groups, etc.  So, that’s stressful as hell. For that very reason, I’m cutting it short and getting straight to the research. I’ll let you all know how it turns out next week.  Before the research though,  I have a gift for you!  I’m going to turn you on to a system I recently came acros that can result in your getting tons of PI cases from attorneys.  Getting these referrals can be done because it’s how I built my practice in the early days.  Paul Samakow, a veteran personal injury attorney, put this system together.  An attorney telling your how to talk to attorneys – he knows what attorneys want to hear – inviting them to lunch isn’t effective marketing these days.  His system, is delivered to you in both written and video form, and really hits the mark.  Over 25 concepts on how you can not only get attorneys to refer to you, but endear yourself to them. Samakow’s system costs $997 and he guarantees satisfaction or your money back. Which is always a big deal. That guarantee makes a difference for me. You should check it out. Even if you only get one case, you’ve made at least 4 or 5 times the investment. Trust me, I get, on average, about $2500-$3500 per settled case minimum. Lots of time much more than that.  Go to gettingpicases.com/cs That’s gettingpicases.com/cs One more time so you get it right:   gettingpicases.com/cs Item #1 The first one this week is called, “Manifestations of Pain During the COVID-19 Pandemic Portrayed on Social Media: A Cross-Sectional Study” by D’Souza et. al. (Ryan S D’Souza 2022) and published in Pain Medicine in 2022 holy smokes it’s hot.  Why They Did It Pain is an often overlooked and underappreciated manifestation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several permutations of pain should be considered, including: 1) acute pain related to viral infection, 2) exacerbation of preexisting chronic pain, and 3) new-onset pain from post-COVID syndrome. Preexisting chronic pain may worsen, potentially because of lack of health care access, worsening of psychological well-being, unavailability of medications, and other stressors A unique category includes patients without any history of chronic pain who developed persistent pain after recovery from COVID-19 infection [1]. This fits within a syndrome known as “post–acute COVID-19 syndrome” which describes patients who experience persistent symptoms beyond 4 weeks after the onset of COVID-19 symptoms  I have been seeing this A LOT!  Patients who suffer from pain may not be well informed and may turn to publicly available sources for their information needs, especially during the pandemic when in-person health care was less accessible [2]. With the omnipresence of social media and popular broadcast sites, these platforms should be considered vital in disseminating information on COVID-19 [3,4].  Thus, our objectives were 1) to view videos on the YouTube platform as a source of information on pain during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2) to report on their content on the location, type, and chronicity of pain symptoms, 3) to report the overall goal and target audience of the videos, and 4) to critically appraise video quality. Given the novelty of this topic, we hypothesized that the quality of videos would be low and there would be a paucity of videos published by professional societies.  Second, we compared video characteristics between low- and high-quality videos and hypothesized that lower-quality videos would more likely be produced by independent users. How They Did It
  • It was a cross-sectional study
  • They sampled videos on YouTube from March 2020 to March 2021 that had to do with COVID-related pain
  • The authors queried the YouTube platform (www.youtube.com) with the keywords “COVID-19 pain,” “chronic pain after COVID-19,” and “pain related to COVID-19” from March 11, 2020, to March 1, 2021, using the “relevance” filter. 
  • The authors restricted each search to the first 50 videos, yielding 150 videos screened.
Wrap It Up Our findings highlight that musculoskeletal/nociceptive pain in the back and extremities and visceral pain in the abdomen and chest are the most commonly reported pain types. Not surprisingly, the intended audience was patients, with an overall objective to educate on pain symptoms in most videos. This information is important, as it provides patients an explanation of the various pain generators in the body and the expected type of pain quality.  The general public may be unaware that COVID-19 infection, a disease primarily having pulmonary and cardiovascular manifestations, can actually cause painful symptoms, even in seemingly disparate areas such as the eyes or genitourinary system. However, only a minority of videos (15%) provided education on pain management. Thus, clinicians should consider focusing time on educating patients on treatment options, as publicly available sources are lacking in this component. Item #2 Thsi one is called “Systematic literature review of imaging features of spinal degeneration in asymptomatic populations” by Brinjikji et. al.  (Brinjikji W 2015) and published in AJNR in 2015.  Why They Did It
  • They say in the abstract that degenerative changes are commonly found in spine imaging but often occur in pain-free individuals as well as those with back pain. 
  • They sought to estimate the prevalence, by age, of common degenerative spine conditions by performing a systematic review studying the prevalence of spine degeneration on imaging in asymptomatic individuals.
How They Did It
  • We performed a systematic review of articles reporting the prevalence of imaging findings (CT or MR imaging) in asymptomatic individuals from published English literature through April 2014. 
  • Two reviewers evaluated each manuscript. We selected age groupings by decade (20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 years), determining age-specific prevalence estimates. 
What They Found
  • Thirty-three articles reporting imaging findings for 3,110 asymptomatic individuals met our study inclusion criteria. 
  • The prevalence of disk degeneration in asymptomatic individuals increased from 37% of 20-year-old individuals to 96% of 80-year-old individuals. 
  • Disk bulge prevalence increased from 30% of those 20 years of age to 84% of those 80 years of age. 
  • Disk protrusion prevalence increased from 29% of those 20 years of age to 43% of those 80 years of age. 
  • The prevalence of annular fissure increased from 19% of those 20 years of age to 29% of those 80 years of age.
Wrap It Up
  • Imaging findings of spine degeneration are present in high proportions of asymptomatic individuals, increasing with age. 
  • Many imaging-based degenerative features are likely part of normal aging and unassociated with pain. 
  • These imaging findings must be interpreted in the context of the patient’s clinical condition.
Don’t see it on an. Image and immediately assume that’s the issue. Phantom Limb pain exists in chronic pain conditions so why can’t low back pain be a phantom back pain? Take a long hard look at the biopsychosocial part of things. If you cannot line up the cliinical patient with the image, don’t make a big deal out of the findings because it’s likely meaningless.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   

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The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website
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Sleep, Energy, and Pain & Depression and Rehab

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Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain

CF 214: Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain Today we’re going to talk about Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain” But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

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The Message   I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!   Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic!   Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.    Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward.   Website
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