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Chronic Pain Talk & Thoughts

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

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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. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #237 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about how You Are What You Eat & Screen Time For Kids. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 the personal end of things…..

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

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

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

Item #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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The Case Of The Disappearing Disc & Vitamin D And Back Pain

CF 204: The Case Of The Disappearing Disc & Vitamin D And Back Pain Today we’re going to talk about The Case Of The Disappearing Disc & Vitamin D And Back Pain. But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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  OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check 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 
  • We also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com
You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #204 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Reduced Access To Chiropractic & The Ideal Diet. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. The clinic numbers have cooled a bit. Still busy but more manageable. Since things have cooled a bit on that end of things, let’s switch focus to side gigs. I see questions about side gigs periodically in the forward-thinking chiropractic alliance group.  We chiros are doing all kinds of different things from being real estate agents and hunting guides to selling stuff on eBay and Etsy.  Here’s some of what I do and why. First, I’m very happy with my income from chiropractic but, as with anything, I don’t like my eggs being in one basket, and let’s face it, we’re in a business where if something were to happen to us, it’s game over. If we are not at work and able to perform, then we can kiss all of those years of hard work goodbye.  In our profession, we are literally on a knife’s edge and it could go good or bad in a heartbeat. Literally.  So, I like other options. Do you know what else I like? Success, freedom, achievement, and wealth. All of that gives you a better chance at happiness. People say you can’t buy happiness. Well, that’s what people with no money tell themselves so they feel better. It’s like someone saying it’s not all about looks. Well….that’s true but looks sure as hell to help land a suitable partner. Wouldn’t you agree? In the say way, wealth helps you have more security and security helps you have a better chance at happiness.  So, for all of those reasons, I do a lot of stuff. I’m an artist as many of you might know. I just finished up a series of several Charlie Chaplin watercolor paintings and a sculpture of a horse and jockey in the middle of a race. They’re flying down the track!  You can see all that stuff on Facebook at Jeff Williams Art.  I have a band and have been a traveling musician in my past. It seems like another life at this point. You can check that out on Facebook at Flying Elbows Perspective. Can you imagine another band would have the band name Flying Elbows? Well they do. It’s a fiddle band from Massachusetts. That’s not us. We’re the ones from Amarillo, TX I created evidence-based posters and brochures for you guys over at chiropracticforward.com Then I create live edge furniture. But I like to be honest, nobody has ever bought any of the pieces but that’s not because they’re not good. It’s because they’re expensive! You can see that on Facebook at Amarillo Furniture – Live Edge and Customs. It’s fun. My office and home are full of these original pieces.  The idea is to be able to retire and still be comfortable. Still have income in retirement. How are you going to accomplish that and what is your exit number? What do you have to have at the end that allows y But here’s where things have freaking gone nuts. It’s in the land of voice-over. Holy cow, y’all. Now, my results are not normal as I’m coming to find out. But, just in the last 10 months, I’ve made about $50,000 I never planned on having in my life. I’ve done over 400 commercials in the last 10 months in about 22% of the countries throughout the world and landed talent agencies that represent California, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and New Jersey/New York.  How at the age of 49 this voice over thing has just come into my life is a twisted tale but briefly, the drummer for my very first band way back in college in Natchitoches, LA became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army and we stayed in touch. Well, he became the voice of Hand Unit in the video game called Five Nights At Freddie’s. He got to do a bunch of other really cool stuff too but when the pandemic came along, it got me thinking that I need to have options.  That’s when I hit him up about voice over. A year and a half later, here we are it’s crazy.  Now, what do we do with the extra money? Well, we put it to work. That’s what we do. I’ve also spent the last 6-12 months educating myself on real estate investing. Long-term rentals, multi-plexes, short-term rentals, vacation rentals, flipping, wholesaling, and things like that. So, you may have guessed it, voice over will be funding down payments on investment properties.  What a deal. Right?!? The problem in this market if finding a good deal but we’re on some good ones and are hoping to land them in the next week or two.  Here is a little real estate tip for you. Two tips actually. First, money has always been in real estate and it always will be. Through ups and downs, the money is still there. Secondly, losses in your real estate business can offset gains in your chiropractic business come tax time. That’s if you can qualify as a real estate expert. Well…..they made it really hard to qualify so basically, if you have a job like we all have, you can’t. Your loophole, however, is this; short-term rentals don’t count.  Short-term rentals can offset tax gains without you having to qualify as a real estate expert. So, if you’re a chiropractor, short-term rentals probably make a lot of sense so that real estate losses and depreciation can offset the money you make in your chiropractic business so that you can reduce or eliminate taxes.  As a disclaimer, I am not a lawyer nor a CPA so make sure you run that by them.  OK, just some tips from you Ol’ Uncle Jeffro.  Now to the good stuff.  Item #1 This first one is called “Relationship between Vitamin D and Nonspecific Low Back Pain May Be Mediated by Inflammatory Markers”’ by Xu et al   (Xu HW 2021) and published in Pain Physician in November of 2021 and that’s a steamy as a sizzling sirloin.  I believe I got this one from my esteemed colleague, Dr. David Graber who always always posts great research findings. He’s a fountain of knowledge nuggets so go search him up on Facebook and follow his page. One of the smartest guys you’ll find out there.  Why They Did It To explore the mediating effects of inflammatory markers on the relationship between vitamin D levels and pain outcomes. How They Did It
  • This study was done at the Department of Spinal Surgery of a hospital affiliated to a medical university.
  • It was a cross-sectional study
  • They selected patients with non-specific acute low back pain and non-specific chronic low back pain, 
  • The study included 60 people without Ns-LBP as controls, 
  • The study was done from January 2018 to January 2019. 
  • Serum 25(OH)D and inflammatory marker levels were examined.
  • Regression and causal mediation analysis were used to evaluate the mediating effects of inflammatory markers on the association between vitamin D and pain.
What They Found
  • After adjustment for clinical factors, vitamin D deficiency was associated with Ns-LBP
  • however, when the interleukin 6 (IL-6) level was added to the multivariable models, the association was no longer significant in Ns-CLBP patients
Wrap It Up Patients with Ns-LBP had lower vitamin D and higher inflammatory marker levels. This association between hypovitaminosis D and Ns-CLBP may be mediated by IL-6.  Very interesting findings. They do say there are some limitations to the study. They say a retrospective study may include inevitable bias. More sensitive biomarkers were not investigated in this study. Pain intensity evaluation using the visual analog scale is inevitably subjective. Item #2 Alright, item 2 is called “Clinical and Radiological Follow-Up Results of Patients with Sequestered Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Prospective Cohort Study” by Sucuoglu et. al. (Sucuoğlu H 2021) and published in Medical Principles and Practice in February of 2021 and that’s got my glasses fogged up! Why They Did It The authors wanted to assess radiological changes and clinical outcomes of patients with sequestered lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and evaluate the relationship between them. How They Did It
  • Patients diagnosed with sequestered LDH were followed up in 2 groups: operated (within the 1st month after diagnosis) and nonoperated. 
  • Visual analog scale (VAS) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scores at baseline and 1st , 3rd, and 6th-month visits were used. 
  • Radiological evaluation was performed by measuring the sequestered herniation level and herniation volume using 2 MRIs spaced out between 1st and 4th months
  • After the second MRI, patients in the nonoperated group were divided into 3 groups: non-regression, partial regression, and complete resolution
What They Found
  • Signifi
  • cant improvements were observed in VAS and Oswestry scores at month 2 and month 3 in all groups and at month 4 in partial regression and complete resolution groups. 
  • VAS and Oswestry score improvements at months 2 and 3 were significantly higher in the operated group than in other groups. 
  • At month 4, there were no significant differences in VAS and ODI scores between the operated group and partial regression and complete resolution groups.
Wrap It Up
  • Spontaneous regression was observed in the 6th month post-MRI in most of the nonoperated sequestered herniation patients with conservative treatment.
  • Improvements in pain and disability scores were higher among the operated patients at the early stage, whereas they were not significantly different compared to patients with spontaneous regression at the 6th month.
If you remember, I did a whole episode on disappearing discs. Here’s the deal. You have to know this. The more a disc herniates, protrudes, or extrudes into the spinal canal and migrates either cephalad or caudal, the more likely the body is to recognize it as foreign and gobble it up like the cookie monster.  What I thought was instant surgery several years ago, I now know may be a waiting game that ends up being non-surgical.  Here’s the thing that episode taught me though; the disc material can be dissolved but the symptoms remain. At least for a while while the nerve tissue in the region undergoes the healing process.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   

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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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Breast Implant Illness & Treating Chronic Pain Centrally

CF 201: Breast Implant Illness & Treating Chronic Pain Centrally

Today we’re going to talk about breast implant illness and then we’ll talk about chronic pain and new research around treating it centrally vs. peripherally.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

  • 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 your patient education and for you. It saves time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and it’s written in a way that is easy to understand for practitioner and patient. You have to check it out. 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 
  • We also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #201 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about the state of chiropractic through ChiroUp and Chiropractic Economics. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s dive in!

Item #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why They Did It

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

How They Did It

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

What They Found

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

Wrap It Up

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

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

Why They Did It

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

How They Did It

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

What They Found

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

Wrap It Up

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

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

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

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

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

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Bibliography

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

How Car Wrecks Contribute To Future Neck and Back Pain

CF 196: How Car Wrecks Contribute To Future Neck and Back Pain

Today we’re going to talk about How Car Wrecks Contribute To Future Neck and Back Pain. I have two different papers with what I thought were surprising conclusions in one way or another. Not only did I find themm a bit surprising but I don’t think the defense attorneys in PI cases will like either paper much. Just an assumption on my part. All of that coming up in this episode. But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music      

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  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s an invaluable resource for your patient education and for you. It can save you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections so that the information is easy to find and it’s written in a way that is easy to understand for practitioner as well as patient. You have to check it out. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #196 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Spinal Manipulative Therapy vs. Opioids and Young Elite Pitchers, Hips, and Elbow Pain. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 

On the personal end of things…..

We just ended our fourth week as an integrated practice and starting our fifth. It’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie. You see the money going out but you don’t see it coming in. That’s why, to pull this off, you need to be a busy Chiro and you need to have reserves in place.

Otherwise, it could be doomed. Unless you’re a hype machine. A marketing mastermind that fills the schedule before the integration even takes place. Let’s be honest, most of us just aren’t. I know the value of marketing. I know how to market on a fundamental level. But it’s hard. It’s hard to get your message out there and it’s hard to break through.

So, week one, maybe 4-5 appointments. Week two, maybe 18 appointments. Week 2 was about the same. Then last week was maybe only 8-9. So it’s up and down. We aren’t covering the salary but, we have reserves set back AND I’m fortunate enough to be busy.  The trick is just getting the message out and I feel like we’re doing that both externally as well as internally.

We have in-office brochures, flyers, and posters. Email marketing, social media, and all that good hoopla. It’s happening. We’re making it happen. 

In other news, I recovered from my five days in Washington DC. Geez. What a go-cation. It’s not the cost of taking a trip. It’s the cost of being gone. How much money you lose by not being in the office. That’s the real number and it just kills me!! So, I don’t think about it because I truly believe we need to be taking a trip once per quarter. You have to so you don’t lose your damn mind. It’s just a must.

Speaking of, I have a trip in just about three weeks to Chicago for business to finish off my Fellowship in Forensics. I’m looking forward to that and to networking with everyone involved with that whole side of the profession. Multiple streams of income folks. I do it inside the office as well as outside. Speaking, mentoring, authoring, medico-legal, Ortho fellowship, personal injury, family, triwest, acupuncture, massage, laser, esthetician, Texas Chiropractic Association, Texas Council of Chiropractic Orthopedists, Nurse Prac, and everything that falls under that.

That’s inside.

Outside is music, voice-over, art, real estate investing, and all kinds of other things I’m looking at.  What would it be like to just do a couple Of things?  Who knows? That’s just not me.  I make myself crazy but I honestly don’t know any other way. 

If you were thinking you could get into business for yourself and sit on the computer half the day fiddle assing on the computer, I got news. Your competition is out there getting Diplomates, certifications, and expertise to run circles around you.

Get busy.

Or wonder where all of those new patients are going since they don’t seem to be coming to see you.

Item #1

Alright, let’s hop in with our first one today called “Exposure to a Motor Vehicle Collision and the Risk of Future Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” by Nolet et. al. (Nolet PS 2019) and published in PM&R in November of 2019. In case you didn’t know, PM&R stands for physical medicine and rehabilitation. 

Why They Did It

They say in the abstract that neck injury resulting from a crash is associated with a high rate of chronicity. Prognosis studies indicate 50% of injured people continue to experience NP a year after the collision. This is difficult to interpret due to the high prevalence of NP in the general population. In other words, those that have not been in a car wreck still have neck pain, right? The stated goal of the authors here was to summarize the literature that has examined the association between a motor vehicle collision (MVC) related neck injury and future neck pain (NP) when compared to the population that has not been exposed to neck injury from a crash.

How They Did It

  • They performed a systematic review of the literature using five electronic databases, searching for risk studies on exposure to a car crash and future neck pain published from 1998 to 2018. 
  • The outcome of interest was future neck pain. 
  • Eligible risk studies were critically appraised using the modified Quality in Prognosis Studies (QUIPS) instrument. 
  • Eight articles were identified of which seven were of lower risk of bias. Six studies reported a positive association between a neck injury in an MVC and future NP compared to those without a neck injury in an MVC

What They Found

  • Pooled analysis of the six studies indicated an unadjusted relative risk of future neck pain in the car crash-exposed population with neck injury of 2.3, which equates to a 57% attributable risk to those having been in a car wreck. 
  • In two studies where exposed participants were either not injured or injury status was unknown, there was no increased risk of future neck pain

Wrap It Up

They wrap it up by saying, “There was a consistent positive association among studies that have examined the association between MVC-related neck injury and future neck pain. These findings are of potential interest to clinicians, insurers, patients, governmental agencies, and the courts.” I see personal injury patients. This is good info for their reports, their file, and their attorneys if they’re represented. 

 

Item #2 This one is called, “Exposure to a motor vehicle collision and the risk of future back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis” by Nolet, et. al.  (Paul S. Nolet 2020)and this one was published in Accident Analysis and Prevention in 2020.  It’s not that hot but I’m using it anyway just because I like it and cuz I say so….

Why They Did It The purpose of this study is to summarize the evidence for the association between exposure to a motor vehicle collision (MVC) and future low back pain (LBP).

How They Did It

  • A systematic search of five electronic databases from 1998 to 2019 was performed. 
  • Eligible studies describing exposure to a MVC and risk of future non-specific LBP were critically appraised using the Quality in Prognosis Studies (QUIPS) instrument. 
  • The search strategy yielded 1136 articles, three of which were found to be at low to medium risk of bias after critical appraisal. 

What They Found

  • All three studies reported a positive association between an acute injury in a MVC and future LBP. 
  • Pooled analysis of the results resulted in an unadjusted relative risk of future LBP in the MVC-exposed and injured population versus the non-exposed population of 2.7, which equates to a 63 % attributable risk under the exposed.

Wrap It Up

There was a consistent positive association in the critically reviewed literature that investigated the risk of future LBP following an acute MVC-related injury. For the patient with chronic low back pain who was initially injured in a MVC, more often than not (63 % of the time) the condition was caused by the MVC.  Thats a lot right, folks? Look, it’s obvious to say an injury was caused by a car wreck. It’s common as a chiropractor to hear patients tell you that their neck pain started with a car wreck they had 20 years before. We hear it all of the time.  But for reals, 57% for the neck and 63% of the back?

That’s solid and flies directly in the face of the other side of the courtroom when they try to tell jurors that the forces experienced in a low-speed impact are about the same as stepping off of a curb on the street. This is, by the way, one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my entire life but an argument that they most certainly use periodically.  Fools!!!! The fools we must suffer in life!! I’m sure plenty of folks refer to me in the same manner. It is what it is. Let’s all just try to be the least of the fools…., if that makes any sense at all. 

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 so get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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  The Message

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

Key Point:

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

Contact

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

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Bibliography

Nolet PS, E. P., Kristman VL, Murnaghan K, Zeegers MP, Freeman MD (2019). “Exposure to a Motor Vehicle Collision and the Risk of Future Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” PM R. 11(11): 1228-1239.  

Paul S. Nolet, P. C. E., Vicki L. Kristman, Kent Murnaghan, Maurice P. Zeegers, Michael D. Freeman (2020). “Exposure to a motor vehicle collision and the risk of future back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Accid Anal and Prev 142.          

Non-Pharma – This Is The Way & Insurance Coverage Trends

CF 171: Non-Pharma – This Is The Way & Insurance Coverage Trends

Today we’re going to talk about insurance coverage for complementary care and we’ll talk about non-pharma treatment. This is the way. 

But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around. 

We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers.

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #171

Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about how the medical complex still gets it so wrong when it comes to back pain. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Things are still proceeding at the speed of molasses on the medical integration. I’m afraid that’s going to be a theme going forward for a little bit. 

I can tell you that I posted the job with our local Texas Panhandle Nurse Practitioner Association and I posted it on Indeed. I’m getting lots of resumes now too. It’s a little crazy seeing some of these talented individuals. They’re trained in so many things and some are willing to re-locate here from more than 1,500 miles away. It’s a little cool. It’s a little overwhelming. 

But I’m stumbling through with the help of my wife and with the help of my buddy. He’s been on this podcast 3-4 times. Most recently on the episode a couple weeks ago when we spoke about the lawsuit we Texas Chiropractors just won over the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Tyce Hergert has been fully integrated for 4-5 years now I believe. He start consulting on integration and that’s who helping guide me through it. 

So, at least I’m not trudging through it alone or re-inventing the wheel. I always felt like a mentor or at least a guide was the way to go with anything. 

I was doing decent in practice but it wasn’t until I started with a group that provided a network and a mentor for me back around 2011 or so that I really started taking off. I really believe a guide or a mentor is the most reasonable way to go about business of any kind. They shorten the learning curve so much and prevent very costly mistakes. 

Just a little tip from your ol’ Uncle Jeffro. You’re welcome. 

I’m starting the interviews this week. In fact, I’ve already had one interview. I don’t think she’s right for me. She needs a little more decorum in the place and I like a loose feel so that’s already an alarm that’s going off. Super smart though and willing to learn from a dirty ol’ chiropractor. Lol. 

Don’t think I didn’t take the opportunity to tell her about the American College of Physicians and give her the citation for their paper recommending chiropractors. Don’t you think I let that opportunity slip by!!

So I’ve mentioned the voice over thing a few times. It’s been a little nuts. In February I made $2,000 and in March, I’ll probably wrap up the month at around the $1500 mark. That’s $3,500 in two day-um months that I enjoyed doing in my basement and, honestly, it’s low maintenance and I can do the little jobs fairly quickly. It’s amazing. 

I’m still working on getting that book I wrote edited. Dr. Chris Howson from the great state of North Dakota, the inventor or the amazing new chiropractic took called Drop Release is editing if for me as we speak. I’ll keep you updated. 

Something that is a little different on the personal side of things;  I have been coaching my daughter on how to throw the discus. She’s in 7th grade so just learning. I won state in discus and competed in the shot put at state here in Texas. Winning state is a cool part of my past that I’ve always remembered so fondly. 

Well, working with her gave me the itch so now I went and bought me my very own man-sized discus and have started throwing again with the thought, or goal, of competing in a master’s tournament sometime in 2022. 

It’ll give me a goal to work toward physically. I absolutely love going to throw the discus. If I never actually get the nerve to go compete, I’mm still walking, getting my steps in and getting that exercise. 

It’s a win/win. And I looked up the results of the nationals back in 2018. It was held at Easter Washington State in Spokane, Washington and the throws I had after just practicing a little bit for a week would have gotten 4th place so……I think I’m just going to do it. Outside of potential injury, there really are no downsides to it. So, be looking for ol man Uncle Jeffro lobbing a discus around town in a year or so. I tell ya, I have to keep it interesting folks. I have to. 

Let’s get to it.

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Item #1

This one is called, “Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Nonpharmacologic, Noninvasive Treatments” by Flynn et. al. (1) and was published in American Family Physician on October 15, 2020. 

Shiiiizah

Why They Did It

Here’s what they come out of the gates bucking with: 

A chronic musculoskeletal pain disorder is the underlying diagnosis for 70% to 80% of those living with chronic pain. 

Among the top 12 causes of disability in the United States, musculoskeletal disorders cause more than one-third of years lived with disability and are among the leading causes of disability worldwide. 

Chronic low back pain, neck pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia are the most common types of chronic musculoskeletal pain.

You’ve heard me mention close to a million times about how the American College of Physicians updated their recommendations in 2016. In that recommendation, they set first-line treatment for acute and chronic low back pain. In those recommendations were spinal manipulative therapy, exercise, massage, acupuncture, heat, low level laser, yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy, and tai chi. 

Now, this seems to be the similar, and supporting document by the American Family Physicians. 

Here is what it says. 

Because no individual therapy has consistent benefit, a multimodal treatment approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain is recommended. Many nonpharmacologic, noninvasive treatment approaches yield small to moderate improvement and can be used with pharmacologic or more invasive modalities

  • Systematic reviews and guidelines support the effectiveness of various forms of exercise in improving pain and function in patients with chronic pain.
  • Spinal manipulation leads to a small benefit for chronic neck and low back pain. 
  • Cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness techniques appear to be effective for small to moderate short- and long-term improvement of chronic low back pain. 
  • Cognitive behavior therapy may also be effective for small short- and intermediate-term improvement of fibromyalgia
  • Acupuncture has a small to moderate benefit for low back pain and small benefit for nonpain fibromyalgia symptoms. 
  • Massage or myofascial release yields a small improvement in low back pain, hip and knee osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia.
  • Low reactive level laser therapy may provide short-term relief of chronic neck and low back pain, and ultrasound may provide short-term pain relief for knee osteoarthritis.
  • Multidisciplinary rehabilitation may be effective for short- and at least intermediate-term improvement in pain and function for chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia. 

Against a vitalist’s best recommendations, they conclude the abstract with this line, “Patients should be encouraged to engage in a variety of therapies aligned with their preferences and motivation.”

You know….because everyone’s different. Everyone heals differently. Everyone responds to different therapies differently. Not everyone just needs a 30 second adjustment and sent out the door. 

All just a part of trying to get our profession to level up. That’s all. 

Item #2

Item number 2 today is called “Trends in Insurance Coverage for Complementary Health Care Services” by Whedon et. Al. (2) and published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine on October 8 of 2020 and that’s just hot enough for our favorite soundbite folks. 

Why They Did It

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

How They Did It

  • The authors employed a retrospective serial cross-sectional design to analyze health insurance claims for services provided by licensed acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopaths in New Hampshire (NH) from 2011 to 2017.
  • They restricted the analyses to claims in nonemergent outpatient settings
  • They evaluated by year the likelihood of reimbursement, as compared with primary care physicians as the gold standard.

What They Found

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

Wrap It Up

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

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

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

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The Message

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

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

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

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

Key Point:

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

That’s Chiropractic!

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Bibliography

1. Flynn DM. Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Nonpharmacologic, Noninvasive Treatments. Am Fam Physician. 2020 Oct 15;102(8):465-477. PMID: 33064421

2. James M. Whedon, Serena Bezdjian, Justin M. Goehl, and Louis A. Kazal.The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.Oct 2020.966-969.http://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2020.0078

 

 

 

Updated Thinking On Chronic Pain and Exercise

CF 129: Updated Thinking On Chronic Pain and Exercise Today we’re going to talk about chronic pain and exercise.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music
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Do it do it do it.  You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #129 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Tylenol failures, cervical disc research, and we talked about complementary and alternative treatment for headaches and migraines. What’s the current research and thinking? Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  While we’re on the topic of being smart, did you know that you can use our website as a resource? Quick and easy, you can go to chiropracticforward.com, click on Episodes, and use the search function to find whatever you want quickly and easily. With over 100 episodes in the tank and an average of 2-3 papers covered per episode, we have somewhere between 250 and 300 papers that can be quickly referenced along with their talking points.  Just so you know, all of the research we talk about in each episode is cited in the show notes for each episode if you’re looking to dive in a little deeper.  On the personal end of things….. Well, so far, no blowback from my rant on last week’s podcast so sometimes no news is good news. You either all agree with me or you’re not listening.  Rocking and rolling here at work, last week was finally the busiest I have been since late January or early February. It was quite a blessing. I have to admit, I’m not used to working that damned hard anymore but it’s OK. I just need to get back into fighting shape so I can see them all.  Last week we saw about 135 patients. Pre-COVID numbers were anywhere from 185-225 so I’m still significantly down but it’s trending upwards and it’s looking good right now. I cannot and will not fuss about it. Especially when I read that several are just now going back to work and have been closed completely this entire time. We’ve been fully, completely open for more than a month now. It’s hard to imagine being closed down any longer than we were honest. I don’t know how companies survive.  I see reports that the virus may have mutated to a lesser severity. Not only are some doctors claiming that people are getting less severe when they do get sick, but they are not getting sick as easily. That’s some exciting news if it is indeed a fact. Time will tell.  I don’t want to hear anything about ‘new normals’. Once this dude settles down, life will be normal. Not a new normal. It’ll be back to the way it was. I’m guessing August but who knows? It could be in the Fall. Maybe even the Spring. But it will be the old normal. You can count on that.  I hope your businesses are picking back up as well. I hope you’re seeing those old familiar happy faces coming back into the office to greet you. I hope you’re back on track to showing the world how effective and amazing chiropractic can be when practiced by an evidence-based, patient-centered professional. That’s you. That’s who listens to this show and I’m proud of you all. You make this profession better every day and I thank you.  I just hope you get something good from me every week. If you do, I won’t be shy about asking you to share this podcast with your colleagues. We are growing all of the time but it’s never quite fast enough to feel like I’m on a roll. So, with your help in sharing and talking about us, I think we can truly make a big difference and take this thing of ours to another level.  Item #1 This first one this week is called “Exercise Induced Hypoalgesia Is Impaired in Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) With Both Aerobic and Isometric Exercise” by Smith et. al(Smith A 2020). and published in Clinical Journal of Pain in May of 2020. Oy…..that’s smokin’ hot! Why They Did It First, let’s define Exercise Induced Hypolagesia. It is a generalized reduction in pain and pain sensitivity that occurs during exercise and for some time afterward. So, for normal, asymptomatic people, when they exercise, there’s less pain and they feel better and that lasts for a while when they finish exercising.  Exercise induced hypoalgesia can be impaired in patients with chronic pain and may be dependent on exercise type. Factors predictive of Exercise induced hypoalgesia are not known. This study aimed to: 
  1. compare Exercise induced hypoalgesia in participants with chronic whiplash associated disorders to asymptomatic controls, 
  2. determine if exercise induced hypoalgesia differs between aerobic and isometric exercise, 
  3. determine predictors of Exercise induced hypoalgesia.
How They Did It
  • A pre-post study investigated the effect of single sessions of submaximal aerobic treadmill walking and isometric knee extension on exercise induced hypoalgesia in 40 participants with chronic whiplash associated disorders and 30 controls
  • Pressure pain thresholds were measured at the hand, cervical spine and tibialis anterior
  • Appropriate baseline measurements were performed
What They Found Participants with whiplash-associated disorders demonstrated impaired exercise-induced hypoalgesia There was no difference in exercise-induced hypoalgesia between exercise types Wrap It Up “Individuals with chronic whiplash-associated disorders have impaired exercise-induced hypoalgesia with both aerobic and isometric exercise. Higher levels of physical activity and less efficient conditioned pain modulation may be associated with impaired exercise-induced hypoalgesia.” Item #2 This last one is by the great Dr. Craig Liebenson and is called “Pain with Exercise: Is it acceptable & if so how much & for how long?” and was published in First Principles Of Movement on May 20, 2020(Liebenson C 2020). Pow! Hot like a firecracker folks. https://firstprinciplesofmovement.com/pain-with-exercise-is-it-acceptable-if-so-how-much-for-how-long/ For articles, we dispense with our normal outline and we hit the high spots and interesting points.  Craig starts by quoting a paper by Smith, Littlewood where they say “Protocols using painful exercises offer a small but significant benefit over pain-free exercises in the short term, with moderate quality of evidence……Pain during therapeutic exercise for chronic musculoskeletal pain need not be a barrier to successful outcomes.” He also quotes Annie O’Conner’s, author of World of Hurt, where she says we must violate the patient’s expectation that hurt equals harm. Especially with light pain.  Craig also refers to a photograph from Silbernagel’s paper demonstrating a Pain-Monitoring Model where the safe zone on the VAS was 0-2, the Yellow or acceptable zone was 3-5 on the VAS, and the red high-risk zone was 6-10.  Silbernagel says, “Biological plausibility/explanation and reasoning ranks high and then you can individualize. Meaning waiting for the pain to subside does not work because you get weaker and the tissue decreases its tolerance to load. So loading with pain is beneficial to get the structures to improve. However, if it is a fracture it might be very different so know the injury and tissue.” I like this quote of Craig’s from the article: “Many people believe the medical adage – “if it hurts don’t do it”. We know that for some this promotes illness behavior by giving the idea that the body is fragile. Ben Smith & Chris Littlewood’s shoulder paper, Annie O’Conner’s WOH book, some of K Thorberg’s groin work, & you’re tendonopathy paper all show yellow pain is acceptable.  He says the idea of, if it hurts, don’t do it brings about clear yellow flags. Yellow flags such as
  • Hurt = harm
  • activity is harmful
  • if an activity hurts it should be stopped
On the topic of osteoarthritis, he says 
  • The patient decides what’s tolerable, 
  • Above 5 is the red area
  • If pain increases with exercise, that’s OK as long as by the next day it has calmed. 
He goes on to cite a new paper in JAMA by Ben Cormack asking about pain tolerance vs. using the traditional Numeric Rating Scale. They’re suggesting asking if the pain is tolerable is a better way to deal with it.  Cormack says:
  • “The exclusive focus of the numeric rating scale (NRS) on pain intensity reduces the experience of chronic pain to a single dimension.”
  • “This drawback minimizes the complex effects of chronic pain on patients’ lives and the trade-offs that are often involved in analgesic decision-making.”
  • “Furthermore, continually asking patients to rate their pain on a scale that is anchored by a pain-free state (ie, 0) implies that being pain-free is a readily attainable treatment goal, which may contribute to unrealistic expectations for complete relief.”
The modern approach to managing disabling musculoskeletal pain is to shift the focus from chasing symptomatic relief to addressing activity intolerances related to symptoms.
  • “ The overarching goal of chronic pain treatment is to make the pain tolerable for the patient rather than to attain a targeted numeric rating.”
  • “Our findings confirmed the intuitive assumption that most patients with low pain intensity (ie, NRS score, 1-3) find their pain tolerable.”
  • “In contrast, the tolerability of pain rated between 4 and 6 varies substantially among patients.
  • “In this middle range, if a patient describes the pain as tolerable, this might decrease the clinician’s inclination to initiate higher-risk treatments.”
  • “A substantial subgroup of patients with severe pain reported their symptoms as tolerable.”
Dr. Liebenson wraps up the article by saying, “This discussion highlights that hurt does not necessarily equal harm. Nearly all musculoskeletal pain guidelines over the last 30 years have emphasized that pain does not equal tissue damage or impending injury. This study goes a long way to show us better ways to educate people in reassuring ways that will get them back to activity and thus build a mindset that can make them feel less fragile.” Chronic pain is interesting stuff and is a HUGE market where there are lots of opportunities for educated, smart chiropractors to stick their flag in the dirt and stake a claim.  Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Continue taking care of yourselves and taking care of your neighbors. Tough times are upon us but, the sun will shine again. Trust it, believe it, count on it. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Key Takeaways Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   
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  The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventativly after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website
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  • Liebenson C (2020). “Pain with Exercise: Is it acceptable & if so how much & for how long?” First Principles Of Movement.
  • Smith A, R. C., Warren J, Sterling M, (2020). “Exercise Induced Hypoalgesia Is Impaired in Chronic Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) With Both Aerobic and Isometric Exercise.” Clin J Pain.

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CF 008: With Dr. Craig Benton – Brand New Information Based on Results Chiropractic Proven Effective For Low Back Pain

Today’s episode is all about chronic low back pain and some great, brand new research. By now, as I’ve said in the past, even traditional Chiropractor-hating, torch-wielding, quasi-scholastic chiropractic detractors are admitting that, yes, Chiropractic is indeed helpful for low back pain.

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For now though, it’s time for bumper music!

We will dive into the research in a few minutes but first, I have to introduce my guest this week. His name is Dr. Craig Benton. Dr. Benton is the owner/operator of Benton Chiropractic down in Lampassas, Texas but that’s not where the intro stops. Dr. Benton is the chair of Scientific Affairs for the Texas Chiropractic Association. He is where I have found a healthy percentage of the material that I have covered over the years for my blog, my YouTube videos, and now for the Chiropractic Forward podcast. Dr. Benton has been unknowingly instrumental in keeping me in business and making my life easier.

Welcome to the show Dr. Benton, how is life in Lampassas this week? My first question today is, have you been playing any guitar lately?

Dr. Benton and I are both in active practice. In fact, there’s a chance we may both have a patient show up at any time. That’s how actively we are practicing. I think that’s incredibly important to note because, so many times, you hear podcasts and attend seminars where the guys and gals speaking don’t really know a thing about actively practicing for 20 plus years. I’ve always felt that experience matters. Even when I was young and green. I was well-aware that I didn’t know it all and I’m even more aware of that today than ever.

So Dr. Benton, I’m looking forward to hearing your opinions and insight today.

Since the podcast today is about chronic pain, I think we should begin with a definition of what Chronic really is. When we define “chronic” in the context of neuromusculoskeletal complaints, we define it as being a complaint that is greater than 12 weeks in duration. Right at 3 months. Some patients will come into the office having had a condition for 15-20 years. I tell them that they are more than a little stubborn to have put up with something for so long.

It is common sense that a condition that is chronic will be more difficult to treat. Also, most chronic conditions can be traced back to a biomechanical, neuromusculoskeletal origin. One of my favorite quotes is from Dr. Lee Green, Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. He said, “Neck pain is a mechanical problem, and it makes sense that mechanical treatment works better than a chemical one.” Although Dr. Green is referring to neck pain in this instance, “low back pain” can easily be substituted. What he says could not make more sense. It’s an easy and very concise way to understand why Chiropractic, manipulation, mobilization is so incredibly effective above and beyond anything else for this sort or issue, including medication.

Do you have a quote or quotes that you love sharing that make sense to you and that help you boil down what it is we chiropractors are doing to help our patients?

I have overhead medical doctors (more than once) talking about having back pain and just injecting themselves with something to try to get over it. If they asked me, I’d tell them that they’re just covering up an underlying trigger or cause and ignoring it is to their detriment.

A good metaphor I came across for using medication for neuromusculoskeletal complaints is that it’s like unplugging a smoke alarm because you don’t like the noise. But, the fire is still slowly growing. What have they done to treat anything in a responsible and effective way? Nothing at all. We tend to live in a society that wants a pill for this and a potion for that so they can get over it and get on with life. But it doesn’t work that way.

Dr. Benton, has this been your experience as well?

Dr. Benton, don’t you treat soldiers through the VA program? Can you tell us all a little bit about that?

Let’s go over some low back pain statistics just we can try to stress the importance of what we’re talking about here. Dr. Benton, please feel free to jump in with anything you’d like to add:

  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • 8 out of every ten people will experience back pain. I will admit that I have never met anyone in 45 years of life on this Earth that fit’s into the 20% that apparently never suffers from any low back pain. Dr. Benton….have you ever met anyone that has never had back pain? Is it just me?
  • Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office right behind upper-respiratory infections.
  • With such gains and leaps in the medical industry as far as treatment goes, low back pain is stubbornly on the rise.
  • More than half of Americans who experience low back pain spend the majority of the work day sitting. 54% to be exact. It’s good to be a chiropractor I guess. Our patients keep us up and moving most of the day.
  • Dr. Benton, did you know that….now…an equal number of patients seek help with a chiropractor first as seek help with a medical practitioner first for back pain? That’s new information to me that I found interesting.
  • Back pain in general costs $100 billion dollars every year when you factor in lost wages, productivity as well as legal and insurance overheads.

Now that we all know more about low back pain, let’s go through some things that may put you at greater risk of suffering from the condition. Dr. Benton, with your experience on the research, stop me if you have anything to add to any of these:

  • Age: as the spine and supporting structures begin to age and decline, the rate of low back pain will understandably increase.
  • Fitness Level: physically active people do not suffer low back pain to at the rate inactive people suffer. A healthy exercise and core building protocol can help reduce symptoms or instances of low back pain.
  • Weight Gain: Being overweight or obese and gaining weight quickly places increased strain on the low back.
  • Pregnancy: This one goes without saying. Pelvic changes and weight gain both contribute.
  • Genetics: Some forms of arthritis or other systemic conditions are genetic in nature
  • Work: Jobs that include heavy labor and or twisting or expose people to vibration consistently can be problematic. Jobs that require long periods of sitting in a chair can be equally problematic.
  • Mental health factors: Many people are able to deal with chronic pain but anxiety and depression are conditions that can cause a person to focus on the pain which tends to raise the perceived severity and significance for the person suffering from the condition. Dr. Benton, have you come across any patients that fit this description in your practice?
  • Improper backpack use: Kids suffer back pain needlessly since they are not traditionally in an age range we would consider to be a risk factor. However, backpacks used improperly are a common culprit. A backpack should never be more than 15%-20% of a child’s weight and should be carried on both shoulders with the bottom being at or about waste level.

What does the research say?

As I’m sure Dr. Benton will agree…..the research says a lot, to be honest. In fact, I’d say that there’s more research for the effectiveness of manipulation/mobilization in low back pain than for any other conditions chiropractors commonly treat. Am I out of bounds here Dr. Benton?

The research shows Chiropractic beating general practitioners in effectiveness as well as cost. The research shows Chiropractic beating common medications prescribed for low back pain. The research shows Chiropractic beating physical therapy and exercise alone. The research shows Chiropractic beating epidural spinal injections for low back pain. And the two of us can point you to randomized controlled trials proving it. Basically, the research is clear.

In January of 2018, a brand new research paper dealing with manipulation and mobilization was published in Spine Journal by Ian Coulter, PhD et. al. titled “Manipulation and mobilization for treating chronic low back pain: a systematic review” and funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Now, to be clear, Spine Journal sounds a little bit like it may be a Chiropractic publication for those of you that don’t commonly read research abstracts…… but it is not.

Dr. Benton, can you describe Spine Journal for us?

Here’s why the authors took this project on.

The authors of the paper stated that there remained questions about manipulation and mobilization efficacy, the proper dosing of the techniques, how safe they are, as well as how they compare to other treatment protocols commonly used for chronic low back pain.

I have to say that I had no remaining questions regarding really ANY of those topics but it seems that these authors did.

Dr. Benton, again, please feel free to jump in anywhere you’d like as we go through the hows, why’s and the what’s here.

Here’s How They Did It

  • This paper was a systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • They searched databases for relevant studies from January 2000-March 2017
  • They chose randomized controlled trials that compared manipulation or mobilization to sham treatment, no treatment, other therapies, and multimodal therapeutic approaches.
  • They assessed the risk of bias using the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.
  • Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) was applied to determine the confidence in effect estimates.
  • 51 trials were included

What They Found

  • Within 7 of those trials on manipulation and/or mobilization there was reduction of disability when compared to other forms of therapy.
  • Further analyses showed that manipulation specifically was responsible for significant reduction in pain and disability when put up against therapies such as exercise and physical therapy.
  • Mobilization was also was significantly more effective when compared to exercise regimens for pain reduction but not for disability.

Wrap It Up

In the conclusion of the paper abstract, the authors say, “There is moderate-quality evidence that manipulation and mobilization are likely to reduce pain and improve function for patients with chronic low back pain; manipulation appears to produce a larger effect than mobilization. Both therapies appear safe.”

As I’ve said many times, “a lot of research in your favor becomes fact.” Chiropractic has A LOT of research in its favor.

Dr. Benton, would you like to add any final thoughts?

I’d like to thank Dr. Benton for taking the time to be with us today. He really is one of the guys out here in the real world trying his best to help change things for Chiropractors in Texas and in the world.

I want to finish off by saying that when Chiropractic is at its best, you cannot beat the risk vs reward ratio. Plain and simple.

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, compared to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. It’s safe, more cost-effective, decreases chances of surgery, and reduces chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically and do it with minimal time requirements and hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

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We cannot wait to connect again with you next week. From Creek Stone here in Amarillo, TX, home of the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward.

Research Citation:

Coulter I, et. al. “Manipulation and mobilization for treating chronic low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis” The Spine Journal, Volume 0 , Issue 0 ,

https://www.thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430(18)30016-0/fulltext