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SMT And Cauda Equina & SMT And Discectomy

CF 326: SMT And Cauda Equina & SMT And Discectomy Today we’re going to talk about SMT And Cauda Equina & SMT And Discectomy 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. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #326 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 11) .  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 

On the personal end of things…..

By the time this one goes live, I’ll be on my way to the Modern Chiropractic Mastermind meeting and this time, it’s not in Florida. Dangit. But, it’s in Nashville so that’s not so bad. No beaches in Nashville but we can handle it. I’m a musician and all and I have some musician friends in Nashville so it should be a lot of fun and a good opportunity to learn a ton.  I have a thought and I’m trying it out. What about giving instead of just traditional marketing?/ Here’s what I mean; my wife and I went to a greenhouse here close to our office the other day.

It’s been there for years but we’ve never gone and, for some reason, we just wondered in there because we’re replacing the front yard at our local airbnb.  Turns out that while it’s been there for years, there are new owners. A young couple. They look like they’re 30 years old. All bright eyed and bushy tailed. They talked to everyone that came in. They helped my wife design the new yard down to the little details for nothing. You can tell they genuinely love owning this new business and their new journey.  Made me want to help them. It made me want them to be successful and to root for them. I know what it feels like to feel like to feel alone. Like it’s just you and nobody else cares. Nobody else has your back. No matter what you do for the community.

No matter what you do for you patients.  I know that frustration and stress and anxiety and worry when you feel like the cards are stacked against you and you have nobody in your corner that gives a squirt about helping you.  I get it.  So I took pictures, I asked questions, and I decided to highlight this young couple and this new business venture of theirs and put it on my company social media. No trade outs. I didn’t ask them to highlight us in return. I didn’t ask them to send me any patients. Nothing. I just wanted to give.  I just did it this afternoon.

But lets see what happens. I’m curious. I genuinely want them to succeed but what if giving means you receive as well. I’ll let you know.  I always thought a good guerrilla marketing technique would be to pick a business in the community and basically ‘affiliate’ with them for one month. Share their social media posts. Talk ‘em up. Visit their building and take and post pics on your business socials. They do the same in return.  Then the next month, you do the same thing.

Or…..what if I just pick out good businesses with owners that I really like and just highlight them like this with no expectations of anything in return.  I’m curious. I’ll let you know. Seems like it’s all be really good in lots of ways. 

Item #1

First one today is called, “Association between chiropractic spinal manipulation and lumbar discectomy in adults with lumbar disc herniation and radiculopathy: retrospective cohort study using United States’ data” by Trager et. Al and published in BMJ Open on December 16, 2022. 

Remember, the citations can be found at chiropracticforward.com under this episode. 

Trager RJ, Daniels CJ, Perez JA, Casselberry RM, Dusek JA. Association between chiropractic spinal manipulation and lumbar discectomy in adults with lumbar disc herniation and radiculopathy: retrospective cohort study using United States’ data. BMJ Open. 2022 Dec 16;12(12):e068262. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-068262. PMID: 36526306; PMCID: PMC9764600.

Why They Did It Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (CSMT) and lumbar discectomy are both used for lumbar disc herniation (LDH) and lumbosacral radiculopathy (LSR); however, limited research has examined the relationship between these therapies.  We hypothesised that adults receiving CSMT for newly diagnosed LDH or LSR would have reduced odds of lumbar discectomy over 1-year and 2-year follow-up compared with those receiving other care.

How They Did It Design: Retrospective cohort study.

Setting: 101 million patient US health records network (TriNetX), queried P

articipants were Adults age 18-49 with newly diagnosed lumbar disc herniation/lumbosacral radiculopathy (first date of diagnosis) were included.  Exclusions were prior lumbar surgery, absolute indications for surgery, trauma, spondylolisthesis and scoliosis. 

Interventions: Patients were divided into cohorts according to receipt of SMT.

What They Found

  • 5785 patients per cohort. 
  • The ORs for discectomy were significantly reduced in the CSMT cohort compared with the cohort receiving other care over 1-year, and 2-year follow-up. 
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Wrap It Up

  • Our findings suggest receiving CSMT compared with other care for newly diagnosed lumbar disc herniation/lumbosacral radiculopathy is associated with significantly reduced odds of discectomy over 2-year follow-up. 
  • Given socioeconomic variables were unavailable and an observational design precludes inferring causality, the efficacy of CSMT for lumbar disc herniation/lumbosacral radiculopathy should be examined via randomised controlled trial to eliminate residual confounding.

Item #2

Our second one today is called, “Association between chiropractic spinal manipulation and cauda equina syndrome in adults with low back pain: Retrospective cohort study of US academic health centers” by Trager et al and published in Plos One on March 11, 2024

…..what what, it’s getting hot in here….So read up all the research…

Trager, R. J., Baumann, A. N., Perez, J. A., Dusek, J. A., Perfecto, P. T., & Goertz, C. M. (2024). Association between chiropractic spinal manipulation and cauda equina syndrome in adults with low back pain: Retrospective cohort study of US academic health centers. PLOS ONE, 19(3), e0299159. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0299159

Why They Did It

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a lumbosacral surgical emergency that has been associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation (CSM) in case reports.  However, identifying if there is a potential causal effect is complicated by the heightened incidence of CES among those with low back pain (LBP).  The study hypothesis was that there would be no increase in the risk of caudal equina in adults with LBP following smt compared to a propensity-matched cohort following physical therapy (PT) evaluation without spinal manipulation over a three-month follow-up period.

How They Did It A query of a United States network (TriNetX, Inc.) was conducted, searching health records of more than 107 million patients attending academic health centers, yielding data ranging from 20 years prior to the search date (July 30, 2023).  Patients aged 18 or older with LBP were included, excluding those with pre-existing Cauda equina, incontinence, or serious pathology that may cause Cauda equina.  Patients were divided into two cohorts: (1) LBP patients receiving smt or (2) LBP patients receiving PT evaluation without spinal manipulation. 

What They Found 67,220 patients per cohort (mean age 51 years) remained after propensity matching.  Cauda equina incidence was 0.07% in the CSM cohort compared to 0.11% in the PT evaluation cohort Both cohorts showed a higher rate of Cauda equina during the first two weeks of follow-up.

Wrap It Up These findings suggest that CSM is not a risk factor for Cauda equina.  Considering prior epidemiologic evidence, patients with LBP may have an elevated risk of v independent of treatment. Bam, snap, pow!, crash, kadonk! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where To Adjust & Types Of Adjustments

CF 265: Where To Adjust & Types Of Adjustments

 

Today we’re going to talk about knowing where to adjust and different types of spinal manipulation

But first, heres that sweet sweet bumper music

 

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

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent educational resource for you AND your patients. It saves you time putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams.
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 You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #265   Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about potential early diagnosis of spondylolysis as well as clinical guides on low back pain treatment.

Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  

On the personal end of things…..

Alright folks, I just got back from Fort Lauderdale hanging out with my MCM Mastermind family of chiropractors. What a good time. We have some new practitioners in the group. Fresh blood! New docs to learn from and new docs to teach.   It’s such a diverse group but all evidence-based. No vitalistic voodoo. Which is why it’s the right spot for me.   We learned from Ray Tuck. Now, Ray has around 9 clinics and his talk was about being the CEO of your company and let’s face it, I’m the worker mule in mine so it hit home with me and gave me some inspiration and some great ideas.  

If you’ve been following along with the podcast, I’ve had a hell of a Fall this year. Numbers down, staffing issues, two deaths in the family…..just lots of stuff piling up that isn’t normally part of our existence.   On the staffing stuff, I lost my office manager that’s been with me 5 years. That was 3 weeks ago. Then, her bestie that works for me quit. That was 2 weeks ago. Then, while I was in Florida, their other bestie that works here sent me a text. It was a Friday night and she decided that she had just completed her last day of work. No two weeks notice. I guess that would show too much respect or gratitude. Lol.   Anyway, if you’re keeping count, that’s 3 employees gone in 3 weeks. I only have 4 full timers to start with. To say it’s a challenge this week is to minimize things. It’s a big thing.  

BUT I have a super hero wife who is here today and who is killing it just like she kills anything she does. I’ve been slow since September. I’ll promise you, with my wife up front, I’m going to be so busy I’m not going to know what the hell to do with myself.   Then, we have two new girls. One is on her 3rd week here and one is on her 2nd week here. We just ran about 32 in one morning and they knocked it out of the park.   So……the story is, we’re OK and if you have a lot of turnover, you’re going to be OK.

We can only do our best. I’ve done everything I know to be good to my staff, treat them like my family, be so good to them and foster an environment that is so fun and positive that they’d never dream of leaving.   Yeah, that doesn’t work. I am who I am. I’ll always treat my people well and take care of them and feel protective of them.

But no more backflips trying to hold onto people. Not anymore. There are so many lessons available to us if we just make sure we’re paying attention.  

That’s the negative. The positive is this; I have a true opportunity to re-set. To put my values and culture out there for the new staff to buy into and understand. I can cultivate what I want this place to always be without any old baggage preventing the message from hitting home.  

What are my values? I’m glad you asked:

  • Customer Service
  • Evidence based
  • Patient centered
  • Honesty
  • Ethical
  • Morals
  • Character
  • Trustworthiness
  • Authentic
  • Kind
  • Supportive
  • Responsible
  • High level
  • Family and
  • Loving

  It’s vital this new crop of staff members understand these things. Understand who we are as owners.   Another thing I learned from Ray Tuck this weekend is don’t be afraid to open up the books and show your staff. You don’t have to show what you’re making each year or any of that but make sure they understand that you’re not buying a yacht while you bitch at them about the things you need from them. Show them your margins are much thinner than they might have imagined.

It has an impact on them.   Also, we are considering hiring two part-timers rather than one full-timer. That will cut down on burn out, they’ll get to see their kids more, they can cover each other’s shifts, and if one quits, there is built-in redundancy to prevent any freak outs. The one staying can simply train the next part timer. Sounds like a solid solution to me. That right there is one benefit of being in a mastermind. Smart people giving you thoughts that are a little out of the box but that are working for them.   So, with my wife in control until new hires are up to speed, we about to kill it and you’ll all be happy to never hear me bellyaching about having a light schedule. Lol.    

Item #1  

The first on today is called, “Review of methods used by chiropractors to determine the site for applying manipulation” by Triano et al and published in Journal of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies on 21 October 2013.   Why They Did It   The authors did the study to evaluate the literature on the validity and reliability of the more common methods used by doctors of chiropractic to inform the choice of the site at which to apply spinal manipulation.  

How They Did It  

  • Structured searches were conducted in Medline, PubMed, CINAHL and ICL, supported by hand searches of archives,
  • The quality of evidence was ranked using QUADAS for validity and QAREL for reliability, as appropriate.

  What They Found  

  • A total of 2,594 titles were screened from which 201 articles met all inclusion criteria. The spectrum of manuscript quality was quite broad, as was the degree to which the evidence favored clinical application of the diagnostic methods reviewed.
  • The most convincing favorable evidence was for methods which confirmed or provoked pain at a specific spinal segmental level or region.
  • There was also high-quality evidence supporting the use, with limitations, of static and motion palpation, and measures of leg length inequality.
  • Evidence of mixed quality supported the use, with limitations, of postural evaluation.
  • The evidence was unclear on the applicability of measures of stiffness and the use of spinal x-rays.
  • The evidence was of mixed quality, but unfavorable for the use of manual muscle testing, skin conductance, surface electromyography and skin temperature measurement

Wrap It Up  

  • A considerable range of methods is in use for determining where in the spine to administer spinal manipulation. The currently published evidence falls across a spectrum ranging from strongly favorable to strongly unfavorable in regard to using these methods.

 

  • In general, the stronger and more favorable evidence is for those procedures which take a direct measure of the presumptive site of care– methods involving pain provocation upon palpation or localized tissue examination.

 

  • Procedures which involve some indirect assessment for identifying the manipulable lesion of the spine–such as skin conductance or thermography–tend not to be supported by the available evidence.

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Item #2  

Our last one this week is called, “Comparison of spinal manipulation methods and usual medical care for acute and subacute low back pain” by Michael Schneider and published in PubMed on February 15, 2015. Hot potato!    

Why They Did It  

This study was a comparative effectiveness trial of manual-thrust manipulation (MTM) versus mechanical-assisted manipulation (MAM); and manipulation versus usual medical care (UMC).  

How They Did It  

  • A total of 107 adults with onset of LBP within the past 12 weeks were randomized to 1 of 3 treatment groups: manual-thrust manipulation, mechanical-assisted manipulation, or usual medical care. Outcome measures included the Oswestry LBP Disability Index (0-100 scale) and numeric pain rating (0-10 scale).

 

  • Participants in the manipulation groups were treated twice weekly during 4 weeks; subjects in usual medical care were seen for 3 visits during this time. Outcome measures were captured at baseline, 4 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months.

 

What They Found  

  • Linear regression showed a statistically significant advantage of manual-thrust manipulation at 4 weeks compared with mechanical-assisted manipulation and usual medical care.

 

  • Responder analysis, defined as 30% and 50% reductions in Oswestry LBP Disability Index scores revealed a significantly greater proportion of responders at 4 weeks in manual-thrust manipulation (76%; 50%) compared with mechanical-assisted manipulation (50%; 16%) and usual medical care.

 

  • Similar between-group results were found for pain: manual-thrust manipulation; mechanical-assisted manipulation; and usual medical care. No statistically significant group differences were found between mechanical-assisted manipulation and usual medical care, and for any comparison at 3 or 6 months.

   

Wrap It Up  

It was found that manual-thrust manipulation provides greater short-term reductions in self-reported disability and pain scores compared with usual medical care or mechanical-assisted manipulation.     Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen.   Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  

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

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

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Integrating Chiropractors

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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 https://www.chiropracticforward.com  

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

Bibliography

Schneider M (2015). “Comparison of spinal manipulation methods and usual medical care for acute and subacute low back pain: a randomized clinical trial.” Spine Feb 15; 40(4): 209-217.  

Triano, J. J., Budgell, B., Bagnulo, A (2013). “Review of methods used by chiropractors to determine the site for applying manipulation.” Chiropr Man Therap 21(36).      

Forward Head Posture And Spinal Manipuative Therapy Effectiveness

CF 222: Forward Head Posture And Spinal Manipuative Therapy Effectiveness Today we’re going to talk about spinal manipulative therapy and forward head posture.  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 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 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #222 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about The Importance of Movement & Steps. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. Business is back. Time is getting more limited. Especially for someone like me that tends to bite off as much as I can possibly chew. It’s a bad habit of mine but I always seem to be in hyperdrive. I get everytihng done and I have to say a whole bunch of ‘no’s’ in order to get it all done…..but I do indeed typically get most of it done.  It would not be possible without a To Do list. I keep it open in a document on my computer. It’s a life saver. The problem right now is that I have abotu 15-20 items on it that need to be done. So how do you address that? Prioritize them.  Put them in order from most important to least. I also list them keeping in mind the time and energy each will take to complete. Not to mention the fact that I do what I can to identify which can be delegated and how they’ll be delegated.  Meaning, my office manager is typically overwhelmed. I want to limit what gets delegated to her and try to utilize the other 4 girls that work for us on our chiropractic and medical side of the office.  So, which tasks are the most important or the most time sensitive. Then, which tasks can be easy and fast ‘wins’ so I can pop them out and knock them off with ease. Like an important phone call or email I’m supposed to send. Then delegate what can be delegated to the people most capable. Up to and including virtual assisstants.  I have a VA in South Africa, one in Nigeria, and one in India. Those are for the chiro side of things. I also have one for voice over marketing and he’s in Pakistan. When you’re busy busy, a VA can be the difference in being heavily buried vs. being slightly buried.  So, when you have an integrated office like I do, a voice over side gig that is demanding more and more time, and real estate investments…..VAs are lifesavers. If you are interested in exploring the world of VAs, look into upwork.com, fiverr.com is an excellent site as well. There are virtual networks here in America as well. There is one that I’ve heard great things about based in the Phillipines called virtualstaff.ph.  Alright, just a tip from your ol’ Uncle Jeffro. Now, let’s get to the research, shall we? Item #1 This one is called “Clinical Effectiveness and Efficacy of Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation for Spine Pain” by Gevers-Montoro, et. al. (Gevers-Montoro C 2021) and published in Frontiers In Pain on October 25 of 2021. Aye chi wa wa… Why They Did It For the vast majority of patients with back and neck pain, a specific pathology cannot be identified as the cause for their pain, which is then labeled as non-specific. In a growing proportion of these cases, pain persists beyond 3 months and is referred to as chronic primary back or neck pain. To decrease the global burden of spine pain, current data suggest that a conservative approach may be preferable.  One of the conservative management options available is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), the main intervention used by chiropractors and other manual therapists.  The aim of this narrative review is to highlight the most relevant and up-to-date evidence on the effectiveness and efficacy of SMT for the management of neck pain and low back pain.  Wrap It Up SMT may be as effective as other recommended therapies for the management of non-specific and chronic primary spine pain, including standard medical care or physical therapy.  Currently, SMT is recommended in combination with exercise for neck pain as part of a multimodal approach. It may also be recommended as a frontline intervention for low back pain.  Despite some remaining discrepancies, current clinical practice guidelines almost universally recommend the use of SMT for spine pain.  Due to the low quality of evidence, the efficacy of SMT compared with a placebo or no treatment remains uncertain. Therefore, future research is needed to clarify the specific effects of SMT to further validate this intervention. In addition, factors that predict these effects remain to be determined to target patients who are more likely to obtain positive outcomes from SMT. They say that the main gap identified in clinical research on SMT for spine pain lies in the low quantity and quality of studies addressing its efficacy against inactive controls. Hence, the effects of SMT against placebo or sham SM remain uncertain. This parallels the state of research on most interventions for spine pain, as no treatment has been demonstrated to be superior to any other or to placebo Item #2 Our last one this week is called “The association between forward head posture and non-specific neck pain: A cross-sectional study” by Bahat et. al. (Sarig Bahat H 2022) and published in Physiotherapy Theory & Practice.  And this one should get the CBP people riled up.  Mostly because it’s more and more apparent that you don’t need to charge your patients $5,000 for 80 visits this year to correct a curve issue or forward head posture that honestly likely doesn’t cause much of an issue long term.  Why They Did It Poor posture is traditionally associated with various musculoskeletal disorders. Consequently, educators in the musculoskeletal field have been teaching postural observation as part of the physical assessment. Forward head posture (FHP) is hypothesized to be associated with neck pain; however, evidence in this topic remains inconclusive. To investigate the association between FHP and neck pain intensity, disability, and cervical kinematics in individuals with neck pain compared to asymptomatic individuals. A secondary aim of this study was to explore the possible effect of a head-mounted display (HMD) used in a virtual reality (VR) assessment on FHP. How They Did It
  • The study was conducted with 43 volunteers 
  • 20 asymptomatic individuals, 23 individuals with neck pain
  • Aged 19 to 62. 
  • FHP was assessed by measuring craniovertebral angle on profile photographs. 
  • Secondary outcome measures included pain intensity, the neck disability index (NDI) questionnaire, and neck kinematics using specialized virtual reality software.
What They Found
  • There were no significant differences between individuals with neck pain and asymptomatic individuals in FHP
  • The neck pain group demonstrated a restricted range of motion and slower neck movements (p < .05). 
  • We found no significant correlation between FHP and visual analog scale, NDI, and most neck kinematic measures.
Wrap It Up Our findings cannot support a clinically applicable association between FHP and neck pain. I know there is research to the contrary but those projects are typically low quality and performed by one of the biggest stakeholders who owns a company that promotes treating patients based on forward head posture and decreased cervical curvature. So that stakeholder has a specific and direct bias. The research likely reflects that.  At the end of the day, my recommendation is to not treat patients like a sales target. They don’t usually need $5,000 of treatment over 80 visits in a year to fix a lack of curve that longitudinal research suggests is of little to no consequence.  Treat them like you’d treat your mom or your child. Period.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com. 

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