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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 9)

CF 321: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 9)

Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 9) But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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  OK, we are back and you have found the Chiro ractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com 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 resource for you and is 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 #321 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about PT For Sciatica & Laser For Neck Pain.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things….. I just got back from VO Atlanta, the world’s largest VoiceOver conference. I have to say that there are a lot of regular Joe’s like me walking about that place and in the industry but, oh my goodness….there are a lot of strange folks too as you might imagine.  A very diverse group and I’m not talking just about race. Just lots of different types of folks that the mainstream of our country wouldn’t recognize as being normal. I’ll just say it that way.  So, that was fun and useful and tiring. I’m glad I went but was glad to be back home. It’s a lot like going to chiropractic conferences.

Before I got involved in the Texas Chiropractic Association, I was a long\e wolf. I’d be out there on the fringe, not a member of the TCA, and almost proudly and defiantly uninvolved.  Compare and contrast that with me now. I’m a member of just about everything I can be a member of. Including the ACA, the TCA, FTCA, the MCM Mastermind, the Texas Orthopedic group, the national Orthopedic group, the national Forensics group and on and on and on.  My network then vs. now. I had a couple of folks I went to school with. Now, I have hundreds of trusted friends in the industry to learn from, ask questions, and bounce things off of.  There’s no comparison. The voice over thing reminds me of the fact that it’s not always the learning you get inside those classrooms that is the most valuable aspect of an industry conference.

Most of the time, it’s the one-on-one connections you make over dinner or over drinks and conversations you have with random folks throughout the weekend that pay the most dividends. Don’t get into conversations asking yourself, “what can I get from this person’ though. If you’re genuine and authentic and interested in others and what YOU can do for THEM, then it’s a natural instinct that they wonder what they can do for you in return.  That’s where the value of conferences comes in. It’s the network you build over years of going to these things that pay dividends. So, if you don’t see immediate ROI on the Monday you return, not to worry. Stick with it. Plant the seeds and reap the harvest down the road. 

Now remember we are continuing our series on why the WHO has designated spinal manipulative therapy at the level of very low confidence which is the same they designated ultrasound. I went and found all of the citations for all of the papers they used to make the determination. From what we’ve covered and from what I’m seeing, they haven’t used a lot of high-quality research to make the determination. This makes me wonder if there’s an agenda at the WHO to keep the man down. Keep the chiros in their place. Who knows? But it seems sus, as the kids say these days. 

Item #1 Our first paper this week is called, “Spinal manipulative therapy and exercise for older adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: a randomized clinical trial” by Schulz et. Al and published in Chiropractic Manual Therapy on May 15, 2019.  Remember, the citations can be found at chiropracticforward.com under this episode.  Schulz C, Evans R, Maiers M, Schulz K, Leininger B, Bronfort G. Spinal manipulative therapy and exercise for older adults with chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Chiropr Man Therap. 2019 May 15;27:21. doi: 10.1186/s12998-019-0243-1. PMID: 31114673; PMCID: PMC6518769.

Why They Did It Low back pain (LBP) is a common disabling condition in older adults which often limits physical function and diminishes quality of life.  Two clinical trials in older adults have shown spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) results in similar or small improvements relative to medical care; however, the effectiveness of adding SMT or rehabilitative exercise to home exercise is unclear.

How They Did It We conducted a randomized clinical trial assessing the comparative effectiveness of adding SMT or supervised rehabilitative exercise to home exercise in adults 65 or older with sub-acute or chronic LBP.  Treatments were provided over 12-weeks and self-report outcomes were collected at 4, 12, 26, and 52 weeks.  The primary outcome was pain severity.  Secondary outcomes included back disability, health status, medication use, satisfaction with care, and global improvement.  Linear mixed models were used to analyze outcomes.  The primary analysis included longitudinal outcomes in the short (week 4-12) and long-term (week 4-52).  An omnibus test assessing differences across all groups over the year was used to control for multiplicity.  Secondary analyses included outcomes at each time point and responder analyses.  This study was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

What They Found 241 participants were randomized and 230 (95%) provided complete primary outcome data.  The primary analysis showed group differences in pain over the one-year were small and not statistically significant.  Pain severity was reduced by 30 to 40% after treatment in all 3 groups with the largest difference (eight percentage points) favoring SMT and home exercise over home exercise alone.  Group differences at other time points ranged from 0 to 6 percentage points with no consistent pattern favoring one treatment.  One-year post-treatment pain reductions diminished in all three groups.  Secondary self-report outcomes followed a similar pattern with no important group differences, except satisfaction with care, where the two combination groups were consistently superior to home exercise alone.

Wrap It Up Adding spinal manipulation or supervised rehabilitative exercise to home exercise alone does not appear to improve pain or disability in the short- or long-term for older adults with chronic low back pain, but did enhance satisfaction with care.

Item #2 The second paper today is called, “Manipulation does not add to the effect of extension exercises in chronic low-back pain (LBP). A randomized, controlled, double blind study” by Rasmussen et al published in Joint Bone and Spine in December of 2008.  Rasmussen J, Laetgaard J, Lindecrona AL, Qvistgaard E, Bliddal H. Manipulation does not add to the effect of extension exercises in chronic low-back pain (LBP). A randomized, controlled, double blind study. Joint Bone Spine. 2008 Dec;75(6):708-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2007.12.011. Epub 2008 Nov 22. PMID: 19028434.

Why They Did It Both exercises and manipulation are recommended as basic therapy in back diseases, while a possible synergistic effect of these treatments have not been clarified.  This study was conducted to test a possible further effect of manipulation as adjunct to extension exercises for unspecific LBP.

How They Did It 72 patients with chronic LBP (mean 12 months) were examined by a specialist in manual medicine, who detected localized binding between the lumbar segments.  All patients were instructed in extension exercises, while randomized to either pretreatment with specific manipulation or control.  The patients were blinded to the manipulation, which was performed at the end of the manual examination, and repeated after two and four weeks.  The manipulator only knew the group of the particular patient just before manipulation by the end of the examination.  The primary end point was pain, measured by a visual analogue scale.

What They Found Pain in both back and leg decreased without differences between groups. Segmental binding of the low-back was associated with persisting clinical symptoms at four weeks.

Wrap It Up No additional effect was demonstrated of manipulation, when extension exercises were used as basic therapy. Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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

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

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

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

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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 8)

CF 319: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 8) Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 8).  If you haven’t been following along, the World Health Organization has recommended spinal manipulative therapy for back pain, however, they rated it at very low confidence.

Which is the same rating they gave ultrasound. We know SMT is more effective than that so I went into the recommendations, I found the papers the WHO cited as their references for their rating of SMT, and now I’m covering each and every one of them. We’re doing this every other week and now we’re on Part 8.  Also if you’re following along, you’ll know that a lot of these papers are extremely old compared so newer more impressive and more favorable papers that have emerged in more recent years.

You’ll also, if you’re like me, continue to get more and more certain that there is an agenda in the WHO leadership that keeps SMT from taking its rightful step forward in the treatment of noncomplicated Neuromusculoskeletal issues.  Stick with me, we’ll talk more about 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 giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast. 

I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com 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 resource for you and is 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. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on wherever you listen to it 
  • 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 #319 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about How Specific Are Adjustments & Nerve Flossing Effectiveness.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

As I’ve discussed in recent episodes, my house, meaning my clinic, got in a bad way in 2023 and I believe we are finally on the upswing.  We have slowed down in our new patients because of Google SEO and website companies and changes. I think I’ve corrected that.  We have had inconsistent team culture in the clinic because of constant turnover. I still have work to do here but I feel like we have a more dependable team at the moment than I’ve had in the past 18 months so I’m encouraged.  Speaking of an incredible amount of turnover, our billing has been inconsistent. Inexperienced staff just let rehab and other services walk out the door without getting done. That adds up really fast and shows up in our monthly collections.

Now that my wife is up at the front desk and now that it’s become a focus for us, this is getting under control. Basically, staff knows that their comfort comes secondary to the financial health of the clinic. Meaning, whether we feel like it or not, the patients need to be doing the services we have prescribed them. We’re getting there. That’s not a black and white thing there but we are doing more of the services prescribed than we have been.  We are now on our 4th billing and collections company in the past 5 or 6 years. We just haven’t been able to find a dependable one that just does their damn job. I think we have one now.

They started in November and we hope to see the benefits in the next few weeks. I think we already are.  So, you can see what I’ve been up to. It was a swim or swim option. Not a sink or swim. Sink is never in the list of options. So we’ve been swimming and it’s showing up in progress and that makes this old man happy. 

Now, something I’ve always struggled with is treatment recommendations. I like standardization. I like Being able to tell someone confidently, I need to see you 3x/week for 2 weeks or whatever the recommendation might be. I don’t want to make it up from patient to patient. Standardization is something our profession desperately needs in my opinion.  As my colleague and friend, Dr. Brandon Steele once said in our DACO class…..if you go to the doctor with an ear infection in Dallas, NYC, Chicago, LA, or Seattle, you’re going to always get pretty much the same thing. The Standard for that profession.  If you go to a chiro, you don’t know what the hell you’re going to get.

X-rays for no reason and BAM, bait and switch….now you need 70 visits in one year to fix a curve that 20-year longitudinal studies show doesn’t really mean much of anything. You got a neck problem, bam, you need 50 visits to boost your immunity and make sure all nerve impulses are fully expressed because how can God’s full potential for you be realized if your spine is out of alignment. Yes….true story folks. True story. 

You have back pain, BAM, x-rays show degenerative spurs and if you see me 3x/day for 2 weeks, we’ll reduce the size of those spurs. Yes….true story. And that crew is holding seminars trying to teach crap like that to other suckers in our profession.  Or on the other end of the spectrum, you’ve had pain for 10 years and have a disability associated with it so it’s technically high-impact chronic pain….BAM….you can be fixed in 2 visits with a course of exercises for you to be using at home. 

It’s just not standardized.

So, through my association with Dr. Jay Greenstein from Washington DC and who is a mover and shaker in the industry and who has been active in Clinical Compass, I eventually formulated a standardized treatment protocol for my office that you might find useful as well. It’s really pretty simple. 

If it’s acute or less than 4 weeks in duration, I’ll see the patient 3x/week for 2 weeks. 

If it’s subacute, or between 4 and 12 weeks in duration, I’ll see the patient 2x/week for 3 weeks. 

If it’s chronic, or anything lasting beyond 3 months, I’ll see them 2x/week for 4 weeks. 

At the end of the protocol at each level, acute, subacute, or chronic….if the patient is doing great, we then start to stairstep the frequency out and slowly withdraw from treatment to prevent the return of the injury.

If there is not improvement or the patient gets worse at any time, we will either change treatment and try something different, or we will find a provider that has a better chance at helping the person recover. 

Now, of course, PI patients don’t fit into this schematic well so I use the Quebec Task Force on WAD for them but most of my patients will fit very well into this protocol.  It’s simple. It’s a way to standardize recommendations in my clinic from the owner to any associates. It’s an easy way for associates to get comfortable recommending treatment. And I like it so much that I made a poster out of it that you can find in the Chiropractic Forward private Facebook group.  I’ll send you one here in the US for $55 if you want one.

I’m putting one in my exam room so that when I’m doing the ROF, they’ve already read it and all I have to do is point to it and say, “‘You’re right here, and here is your recommendations. See you on M, W, and F.” Alright, good to go on all that, let’s hop in. 

Item #1 Our first one that the WHO used to keep the chiros down today is called, “Effectiveness of Exercise Therapy and Manipulation on Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Nejati et. Al. published in Pain Physician in January of 2019. Not new, not old. Remember, the citations can be found at chiropracticforward.com under this episode.  Nejati P, Safarcherati A, Karimi F. Effectiveness of Exercise Therapy and Manipulation on Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Physician. 2019 Jan;22(1):53-61. PMID: 30700068.

Why They Did It The sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) has been found to be the primary culprit for lower back pain (LBP), but it is still overlooked and treated as LBP. There are no guidelines or appropriate therapeutic protocols for SI dysfunction. Thus, there is a need for an effective treatment strategy for SI dysfunction.

Objective: To compare exercise therapy (ET), manipulation therapy (MT), and a combination of the 2 (EMT) in terms of their effectiveness in treating SI dysfunction.

How They Did It Study design: A comparative, prospective, single-blind randomized controlled trial .

Setting: Sports Medicine Department of Rasoul Akram Hospital.

Methods: A total of 51 patients with lower back or buttock pain resulting from SI dysfunction were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 study groups: exercise therapy, manipulation therapy, or a combination of the 2.  The exercise therapy group received posterior innominate self-mobilization, sacroiliac joint stretching, and spinal stabilization exercises.  The manipulation therapy group underwent posterior innominate mobilization and SI Joint manipulation.  Lastly, the combination group received manipulation maneuvers followed by exercise therapy. Pain and disability were assessed at 6, 12, and 24 weeks after the intervention

What They Found All 3 groups demonstrated significant improvement in pain and disability scores compared to the baseline (P < 0.05).  The difference among these therapeutic protocols was found to be a function of time.  At week 6, manipulation therapy showed notable results, but at week 12, the effect of exercise therapy was remarkable.  Finally, at week 24, no significant difference was observed among the study groups. A major limitation of the present study is lack of a control group receiving a type of intervention other than the experimental protocols. Another limitation is the short duration of follow-ups.

Wrap It Up Exercise and manipulation therapy appear to be effective in reducing pain and disability in patients with Si dysfunction. However, the combination of these 2 therapies does not seem to bring about significantly better therapeutic results than either approach implemented separately.

Item #2 The last one today is called, “Spinal manipulation plus laser therapy versus laser therapy alone in the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomized controlled study” by Nambi et. Al published in European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine in December of 2018. Not new, not old.

Nambi G, Kamal W, Es S, Joshi S, Trivedi P. Spinal manipulation plus laser therapy versus laser therapy alone in the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomized controlled study. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2018 Dec;54(6):880-889. doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.18.05005-0. Epub 2018 Apr 24. PMID: 29687966.

Why They Did It Low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal disorder causing pain and disability in most of the countries. In recent years, new approaches such as Spinal manipulation and laser therapy have been considered as an alternative to conventional exercise and also found contradicting results in terms of its effectiveness.

Aim: A study to compare the combined effects of spinal manipulation, Laser and exercise versus Laser and exercise alone in chronic non-specific low back pain (cnLBP).

How They Did It Design: Randomized control study.

Setting: Subjects with cnLBP were treated with spinal manipulation, Laser and exercise in outpatient department for four weeks.

Population: Three hundred and thirty subjects who fulfilled the selection criteria were randomized (1:1:1 ratio) into spinal manip-laser-exercise (N.=110), Laser-Exercise (N.=110) and control group (N.=110).

Methods: The outcome measurements were Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Modified Modified Schober Test (MMST) Roland and Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ), Physical Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and Health Related Quality of Life-4 (HRQOL-4).  Baseline and follow-up measurements were measured at 4 weeks, 6 and 12 months by a blinded investigator.

What They Found Three hundred and twenty-six subjects completed the intervention and 304 completed the 12-month follow-up.  Demographic variables show homogeneity between the groups and ANOVA analyses showed significant improvement (P<0.001) in pain reduction (VAS), flexion range of motion (MMST), functional disability (RMDQ), depression status (PHQ-9), and quality of life (HRQOL-4) in spinal manipulation-laser-exercise group compared to the other two groups at one-year follow-up.

Wrap It Up Spinal manipulation combined with laser therapy and conventional exercise is more effective than laser therapy and conventional exercise alone in chronic non-specific low back pain. I mean….isn’t this one by itself enough to raise SMT above that of the level of ‘very low confidence’? That one alone? That randomized controlled trial? No? No wonder so many mistrust the WHO on so many different issues. It makes no sense to me.    Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.

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

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

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

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

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

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Spinal Manipulative Therapy And Benzodiazepines & Yanking Someone’s Head Off

CF 302: Spinal Manipulative Therapy And Benzodiazepines & Yanking Someone’s Head Off Today we’re going to talk about Spinal Manipulative Therapy And Benzodiazepines & Yanking Someone’s Head Off  

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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.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic.  I need talent, ambition, drive, smart, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #302 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Excessive Generalization Of Fear Avoidance. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things….. The difference between an evidence based, patient centered practice and a vitalistic, philosophy-driven practice. In my view.  The vitalists believe that a patients or as they call them, a practice member…..should be seen in the clinic A LOT. Like some feel 1x/week or 1x every 2 weeks.

Even if nothing hurts. No pain. That’s just to stay healthy and all that stuff. So, their PVA is off the charts. Some are at 80 and above.  Even if no randomized controlled trials, the ACA, or any other respected guides back that up.  Then, there’s the evidence-based, patient-centered model.

We depend on new patients. And a lot of them. I have to see a lot of new patients to keep the machine turning. And when I’m out for any length of time, the ripples are felt for a while. So, I was out sick for a couple of days two weeks ago. Then, the very next week, I went to Chicago and was out for 2.5 days. So, guess what that did to my practice? Yep, you guessed it. Slower than COVID. Everything for me is now compared to COVID numbers, by the way. 

Anyway, it took me a week to start turning this Titanic back around and moving the other way but it’s turning. I’m back up to 44 today, which is a Monday. We’ll see how the rest of the week unfolds but it’s looking pretty good right now.  I would assume a vitalist that gets sick and has to miss is still loaded up when they return because these people have been led to believe that they have to make their appointments or their lack of neck curvature will cause degeneration or their immune system will quit working or something of that nature.  More power to them. It’s a good business model if all you care about is money but that’s just not a model I was ever on board with. 

So, yes, it took me a week or so but we are plugged in and back on track and kicking some derierre. 

Item #1

Our first one this week is called, “Association between chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and benzodiazepine prescription in patients with radicular low back pain: a retrospective cohort study using real-world data from the USA” by Trager et. Al. and published in BMJ Open on June 12, 2022…..and it’s only lukewarm… Trager RJ, Cupler ZA, DeLano KJ, Perez JA, Dusek JA. Association between chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and benzodiazepine prescription in patients with radicular low back pain: a retrospective cohort study using real-world data from the USA. BMJ Open. 2022 Jun 13;12(6):e058769. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058769. PMID: 35697464; PMCID: PMC9196200.

Why They Did It Although chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) and prescription benzodiazepines are common treatments for radicular low back pain (rLBP), no research has examined the relationship between these interventions. We hypothesise that utilisation of manipulation for newly diagnosed radicular low back pain is associated with reduced odds of benzodiazepine prescription through 12 months’ follow-up.

How They Did It

  • Retrospective cohort study.
  • National, multicentre 73-million-patient electronic health records-based network (TriNetX) in the USA, queried on 30 July 2021, yielding data from 2003 to the date of query.
  • Adults aged 18–49 with an index diagnosis of rLBP were included. 
  • Serious etiologies of low back pain, structural deformities, alternative neurological lesions and absolute benzodiazepine contraindications were excluded. 
  • Patients were assigned to cohorts according to CSMT receipt or absence. 
  • Propensity score matching was used to control for covariates that could influence the likelihood of benzodiazepine utilisation.
  • The number, percentage and OR of patients receiving a benzodiazepine prescription over 3, 6 and 12 months’ follow-up prematching and postmatching.
  • 9206 patients age, 37.6 years, 54% male per cohort. 

What They Found

  • Odds of receiving a benzodiazepine prescription were significantly lower in the spinal manipulation cohort over all follow-up windows prematching and postmatching. 
  • After matching, benzodiazepine prescription at 3 months was 0.56, at 6 months 0.61 and 12 months 0.67. 
  • Sensitivity analysis suggested a patient preference to avoid prescription medications did not explain the study findings.

Wrap It Up

These findings suggest that receiving CSMT for newly diagnosed rLBP is associated with reduced odds of receiving a benzodiazepine prescription during follow-up. These results provide real-world evidence of practice guideline-concordance among patients entering this care pathway. Benzodiazepine prescription for rLBP should be further examined in a randomised trial including patients receiving chiropractic or usual medical care, to reduce residual confounding. Before getting to the next one, Next thing, go to https://www.tecnobody.com/en/products

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Item #2

For our last one, we have “Spinal Cord Injury, Vertebral Artery Dissection, and Cerebellar Strokes After Chiropractic Manipulation” by Ramos etl al. and published in American Academy of Neurology in November of 2022 and I’m using my soundclip anyway because this is a hot topic!

Why They Did It Let’s just say it appears this provider stops at nothing. This injury to this woman happened after a visit with a chiropractor where she had cervical manipulative therapy. That’s putting it simply but it is both mine and Dr. Brown’s opinion that this was likely an axial traction move that gets all of the views on YouTube or a Y-strap type of adjustment that caused this issue. We have no way of knowing that nor are we stating that as a fact in any way.

We are simply surmising this because a simple diversified cervical break type of adjustment, to my knowledge, would be difficult to duplicate results like this. Seriously, if you saw the pictures on this, you’d know what I’m saying and would be nodding in agreement. 

This isn’t fun stuff to think about or talk about but I think it’s important. It came to me through Dr. Steven Brown out in Gilbert, AZ, one of my new connections and friends through the Forensics conference I attended in Chicago a couple of weeks ago.  This is from Brazil and they’re just not good at putting this sort of thing together so there’s really only a paragraph or so that I’ll just go ahead and quote here.  “A 48-year-old woman with chronic neck pain presented with a history of sudden neck pain and generalized weakness during a chiropraxis session. Neurological examination showed tetraplegia with C5 sensory level. Cervical spine CT revealed a fracture affecting C5 and C6 vertebra. Cervical spine MRI confirmed spinal cord injury. Also, bilateral vertebral artery occlusion and acute cerebellar infarction were found. Bony ankylosis was found in cervical CT spine suggesting undiagnosed ankylosing spondylitis was a risk factor for spine fracture.

Other neurological lesions related to chiropraxis include vertebral artery dissection, epidural hematoma and acute disk hernition. “ Y’all the pictuures on this patient’s imaging is just awful. I’ll try to include it in the show notes if the software allows an old man to figure it out.  When Dr. Brown sent over the information, he sent me his impression and review of the information as well and I’ll just share that with you now.  The greatest weakness of this report is the lack of details about the CSM procedure. It is difficult to see how a properly performed CSM could cause such catastrophic injuries.

This report is brief, lacking in detail about the CSM procedure, and has only two references. Another weakness of this report was that the actual time lapse from CSM to the onset of ischemic stroke symptoms was poorly documented. The term “during” needs to be clarified in terms of seconds or minutes.   The symptoms that prompted the patient to seek CSM are unknown. The catastrophic nature of the injures makes it appear the bilateral VAD was a direct result of an improperly performed CSM. However, a weakness of this report was the failure to consider that the practitioner may have failed to diagnose and refer a pre-existing cervical artery dissection.   The report does not review the patient’s past medical history of risk factors for dissection or stroke. The patient’s BMI (body mass index) was not recorded.

A low BMI is a risk factor for dissection, a high BMI is a risk factor for ischemic stroke.   The report does state that “bony ankylosis” was found on cervical spine CT examination, suggesting undiagnosed ankylosing spondylitis, which was a risk factor for spine fracture. However, Ramos did not verify if the patient had AS or not.   A weakness of this report was the failure to verify the type of practitioner that performed the CSM.

The report states “chiropractic”, but no effort was made to verify that the practitioner was an actual Doctor of Chiropractic. Numerous cases reports have attributed CSM to a DC when another type of practitioner performed the procedure.   A further weakness of this report was a failure to review the records from the practitioner performing the CSM. It is unknown if Informed Consent to the risk of stroke from CSM was obtained. The history and examination done by the practitioner of CSM are unknown. It was unknown if any neck injury occurred prior to CSM.  

Ramos concluded that CSM caused the cervical artery dissection was “related to” CSM. Studies showing no evidence of a causal relationship between CSM and dissection were not referenced. However, these studies assume the CSM was properly performed. In this case, the CSM was likely not properly performed if it caused such catastrophic injuries. 

So, I agree with everything Dr. Brown has to say here and will add that bias against chiros is present here. However, if this is a chiropractor that nearly yanked this woman’s head from her torso, I would be biased against he or she as well. Even as a chiropractor myself. Just because something gets a ton of views on social media or YouTube does not mean it’s amazing and without risk.  You’re all smart enough to know that you see the wins on videos. You don’t see the fails. I’ve seen a YouTube chiro almost yank a 70+-year-old tiny woman off of the table.

She had to lay there and recover for a good 3-5 mintues. Is that really what we enjoy or want to be known for? Of course it isn’t.  I want to be known for the woman that came to see me with lumbar radciulopathy that was developing mild foot drop and we were able to get her by. And fully recovered.

Or the veteran that couldn’t sleep or function and who’s neck made all kinds of crunchy sounds and since seeing me, it no longer makes noise and he’s feeling much better. Or the patients that was 35 and came in on a walker. He’d been to the ER twice before with bowel and bladder symptoms consistent with cauda equina but they never even did an MRI on him. I had a talk with him, told him exactly what he need to go to the ER and tell them and the next thing you know, he went through emergency surgery and now he’s back to leading a full and functional life. 

It’s not just me. You men and women have those stories too if you’ve been in practice long enough. These things don’t get views on YouTube and these patients aren’t typically dressed in yoga pants. You know what I’m saying here. But, they are the patients that we need to be known for. 

Keep plugging away. It’s a hell of a lot better time to be a chiropractor in 2023 than it was in 2000. I can guarantee it. Cooperation between evidence-based chiropractors and medical professionals is at an all time high and I only see it getting better from here. 

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!

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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