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Spinal Cord Stimulator vs. Placebo & Low Back Pain, Chiropractic, And Opioids

CF 253: Spinal Cord Stimulator vs. Placebo & Low Back Pain, Chiropractic, And Opioids Today we’re going to talk about Spinal Cord Stimulators vs. Placebo & we’ll talk about Low Back pain, Chiropractic, And Opioids But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow, look down your nose at people kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  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. 
  • Then go Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • Last thing real quick, we also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #253 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about High Blood Pressure And Cognitive Decline & Does The Popping Noise Matter?. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Alright, if you’ve heard me fussing my face off about being slow for like oh I don’t know…..the last 8 freaking weeks or so….then you’ll be glad to hear that I have 43 on the schedule today with 5 new patients. That’s more like it.  That’s 5 new patients, one consultation, and 3 re-exams. So….they’re  coming back slowly.

Where the hell did they go in the first place? Who knows? But I talked to my buddy, Tyce Hergert down in Southlake, TX and he’s been slow as hell too. Until just last week. He thinks it’s the economy, inflation, back to school kicked it off, and then we have a big election that makes people a bit pulled back and financially more aware.  Who knows, but it makes sense. Maybe it was a perfect storm kind of thing but I know I’m ready to get back to business and running around like my ass is on fire unable to keep up. Then you get to hear me fuss about that. Lol. It’s a cycle. 

Why can’t it ever just sit right there in teh perfect pocket where you’re seeing just the right number of patients and are right where you want to be as far as being busy during the work week? Yeah, that’s a pipe dream. Never happening.  I’ll tell you this though, I’d rather be running around here with my ass on fire, changing people’s lives, and making money along the way rather than sitting here wondering who I made mad and moping around like a whipped dog. Lol.  So, for this week…we’re back toward the top of the mountain. 

Just real quick on a side gig kind of thought process. I have people asking me all of the time how I started getting into real estate. I want to help you guys. I read a book that’s in the Rick Dad Poor Dad umbrella that’s called Tax Free Wealth by Tom Wheelright.  It started talking about how you can pay lower to zero taxes by buying real estate. Well that got me to listening to the Bigger Pockets podcast and taking their webinars. Then I started delving into the niches of real estate. I decided for lots of reasons that Short Term Rentals, or STRs made the most money and the most sense. 

That led to a podcast and a book by Avery Carl called Short Term Rental, Long Term Wealth. They also have a private Facebook group that I’m a member of.  In case you don’t know, STR is what an Airbnb or VRBO property is. Short term rental like 3-5 days or so vs. a year long lease.  Trust me; people a hell of a lot dumber than you are making a ton on real estate. Here are the ways you make money on real estate:

  1. Cashflow – You have a profitable property so you make monthly cashflow. On average, our STR in Lubbock, TX profits about $2,000/month. That’s above and beyond our overhead on the house. 
  2. Appreciation – You never buy property planning on appreciation. However, assuming it’s not in a terrible neighborhood, it usually appreciates. Which is money in your pocket when, or it, you sell. 
  3. Equity – Other people are buying your property for you. They are kind enough to buy down the payment and buy your equity in the property. Meaning, because of them paying you every month, you own more and more of your own property. 
  4. Taxes – There are multiple ways that real estate benefits your taxes and I’ll leave that up to a CPA since I am not one but in general;
    1. With STRs, you can count your losses and depreciate everything on the real estate side, including the curtains to bring down your tax burden in your chiropractic clinic and try to get your tax burden down to zero for the year. 
    2. The write offs. You can write off all of the furnishings and everything that fits the real estate realm. Including meals where you sit and talk to your business partner (your wife and kids) about your properties. 

Not to mention that if you buy an STR in a place you like to visit, you have a place to stay whenever you need it! Also, if the STR is more than 90 miles from your primary residence, you can qualify for a vacation home loan and only pay 10% down instead of the traditional 20% down.

That makes a million dollar home near or on the beach a hell of a lot more do-able for most of us.  I’ll give you all a bit of a tip, you don’t have to go into these things blindly. Go to airdna.co and go down to the Rentalizer link on the left of your screen. Once there, put in any address, including your home address, and see what it might make as an STR. You may be surprised! It’s not a fool proof silver bullet but can give you some ideas. Also, don’t pay a 20% management fee. It takes me literally 15 minutes per week per property to manage.

Don’t lose 20% of your profit. You can do it yourself. Use guesty.com for the property management software and combine that with pricelabs.com for automatic and appropriate pricing from week to week and then……let er rip!!! Thank me later, fools! If you have any questions, join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group and start a post in there. I’d be happy to help if I have the answer. If I don’t, I can find it.  Let’s get started with the research shall we?

Item #1

The first on today is called “Effect of Spinal Cord Burst Stimulation vs Placebo Stimulation on Disability in Patients With Chronic Radicular Pain After Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Hara et. al. (Hara S 2022) and published in JAMA on October 18, of 2022 and that’s some hot steamy salsa right there. 

Why They Did It The use of spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain after lumbar spine surgery is increasing, yet rigorous evidence of its efficacy is lacking. The authors wanted to investigate the efficacy of spinal cord burst stimulation, which involves the placement of an implantable pulse generator connected to electrodes with leads that travel into the epidural space posterior to the spinal cord dorsal columns, in patients with chronic radiculopathy after surgery for degenerative lumbar spine disorders.

How They Did It

  • It was a placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial
  • 50 patients were in the study
  • Done at St. Olavs Univer. Hospital in Norway
  • Conducted from 2018 – 2021
  • Patients underwent two 3-month periods with spinal cord burst stimulation and two 3-month periods with placebo stimulation in a randomized order. Which seems like they gave it a good solid chance to work to me
  • Burst stimulation consisted of closely spaced, high-frequency electrical stimuli delivered to the spinal cord. 
  • The stimulus consisted of a 40-Hz burst mode of constant-current stimuli with 4 spikes per burst and an amplitude corresponding to 50% to 70% of the paresthesia perception threshold.
  • The primary outcome was difference in change from baseline in the self-reported Oswestry Disability Index

What They Found

The mean changes in ODI score were −10.6 points for the burst stimulation periods and −9.3 points for the placebo stimulation periods None of the pre-specified secondary outcomes showed a significant difference.  Nine patients experienced adverse events, including 4 who required surgical revision of the implanted system.

Wrap It Up

The concluded, “Among patients with chronic radicular pain after lumbar spine surgery, spinal cord burst stimulation, compared with placebo stimulation, after placement of a spinal cord stimulator resulted in no significant difference in the change from baseline in self-reported back pain–related disability.” So…..chronic pain…..if you’re a regular listener, you know me and chronic pain. I love learning and talking about it. You can’t solve a problem through burst stimulation that is as much entrenched in the brain as it may be in a physical sense. 

You can blast it and blast it and until you treat the centralized portion, you’re pissing up a rope, as they say in Texas.  If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, start going through this podcast listening to anything on chronic pain, get a book by David Hanscum called Back In Control, and dive into the biopsychosocial aspect of pain. That’ll get you started. 

Before getting to the next one, Next thing, go to https://www.tecnobody.com/en/products That’s Tecnobody as in T-E-C-nobody. They literally have the most impressive clinical equipment I’ve ever seen. I own the ISO Free and am looking to add more to my office this year or next. The equipment you’re going to find over there can be marketed in your community like crazy because you’ll be the only one with something that damn cool in your office.  When you decide you can’t live without those products, send me an email and I’ll give you the hookup. They will 100% differentiate your clinic from your competitors. I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com & get $50 off your purchase. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. I love it, my patients love it, and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it.

Item #2

This second one I got from my buddy Dr. Craig Benton down in Lampassas, TX quite a while ago. Thank you Craig. It’s called “Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids” by Whedon et. Al. (Whedon JM 2018) and published in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in June of 2018. 

Why They Did It They say, “Pain relief resulting from services delivered by doctors of chiropractic may allow patients to use lower or less frequent doses of opioids, leading to reduced risk of adverse effects. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the association between utilization of chiropractic services and the use of prescription opioid medications.”

How They Did It

  • The authors used a retrospective cohort design to analyze health insurance claims data.
  • The data source was the all payer claims database administered by the State of New Hampshire. 
  • The study population was 18-99 year olds, enrolled in a health plan, with at least two clinical office visits within 90 days for a primary diagnosis of low-back pain. 
  • The authors excluded those with a diagnosis of cancer.
  • The authors measured likelihood of opioid prescription fill among recipients of services delivered by doctors of chiropractic compared with non-recipients. 
  • They also compared the cohorts with regard to rates of prescription fills for opioids and associated charges.

What They Found

The adjusted likelihood of filling a prescription for an opioid analgesic was 55% lower among recipients compared with non-recipients.  Average charges per person for opioid prescriptions were also significantly lower among recipients.

Wrap It Up

They concluded, “Among New Hampshire adults with office visits for non-cancer low-back pain, the likelihood of filling a prescription for an opioid analgesic was significantly lower for recipients of services delivered by doctors of chiropractic compared with non-recipients. The underlying cause of this correlation remains unknown, indicating the need for further investigation.” 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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Bibliography

  • Hara S, A. H., Solheim O, (2022). “Effect of Spinal Cord Burst Stimulation vs Placebo Stimulation on Disability in Patients With Chronic Radicular Pain After Lumbar Spine Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA 328(15): 1506-1514.  
  • Whedon JM, e. a. (2018). “Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low Bac k Pain and Risk of Adverse Drug Events.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 17(30): 30136-30137.      

Effectiveness Of Neck Exercise For Disc Herniation and Supine vs. Prone MRIs

CF 242: Effectiveness Of Neck Exercise For Disc Herniation and Supine vs. Prone MRIs Today we’re going to talk about Effectiveness Of Neck Exercise For Disc Herniation and Supine vs. Prone MRIs But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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

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

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #242 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Does Supplementation Work & Non-Surgical Treatment For Stenosis. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Well, last week was insanity around my office. I personally saw about 196 appointments and our nurse practitioner had his best week since we integrated and brought medical services into our clinic. He saw 38 appointments not counting me.  I say, “Not counting me,” because I got the hormone pellets. If you’re not familiar, go search up BioT or search up Evexipel. We use Evexipel and it’s a hormone balancing or optimization procedure. The provider does some blood work and finds out where you’re at with some key hormones. 

I’m way low on testosterone which makes me insane because I could drop some weight but I’m not nearly as bad as a lot of folks I see. I’m 6’4” and about 272. Yes, I should ideally be about 220 or even less if you listen to the government. However, I was a college offensive lineman and I’ve been a pretty thick dude my whole life.  I have a dad bod but I’m not waddling around and having a hard time getting through doors is what I’m saying. OK? Anyway, I’m not sedentary either. I get lots of activity from 190+ patients in a week to exercise and throw the discus.

I’m a go-getter so the low T thing makes me a little insane but it is what it be and that’s just me.  So, time to do it. We use Evexipel and when I did BioT, it was in the butt cheek and it was pretty freaking sore for about 5-7 days. Evexipel does the pellets in the flank for men and 4 days later, I have had very little to basically zero pain. It’s been amazing. 

The pellets take about 5 days to start being absorbed in the body so I’m looking forward to the benefits. I’ll keep you updated.  For my practice specifically, you’ve heard me mention that we will patch one hole and another leak will spring and I’m always on the lookout for them. Well, I found one just this morning.  We had 1 96 patients on my side last week. I show up for work this morning and look at the schedule and there are only 36 patients on my schedule today.

I guess this issue didn’t register with any of my staff members because when I asked what happened to my schedule this week, they just acted like it’s normal and the week starts filling out on Mondays.  Oh no no no. That’s not how we need to be looking at it. Let’s do a little high-level, global thinking here.  I saw 25 new patients last week. If they’re all on schedule, that’s at least 25 appointments booked on the following Monday. Remember Monday has 36 currently.

Well, 6 of those are new patients. So, let’s throw out those 6 new patients and that leaves us with 30 today. If we remove the new ones from last week, the 25 that should have been guaranteed…..then that just leaves us with 5 established patients.  5. Cinco. Cinco freaking established patients for a Monday.  So, when we’re looking at it in this manner, well, clearly there’s a problem. Patients aren’t on schedule and we’ve had significant fall-off.

This means I’m either not doing my job educating them on why they need to be consistent, or the staff isn’t encouraging the message and supporting the message, or the front desk isn’t getting them rescheduled.  Or all three.  Either way, we basically bled 25 new patients last week. So, that hole has to get plugged, yet again, this week. Another thing to consider is that it’s basically Back To School time and that’s traditionally a slow-down time for us.  So that something else can go stupid next week. Because that’s the way it goes. 

Item #1

This first one is called “Outcomes of active cervical therapeutic exercise on dynamic intervertebral foramen changes in neck pain patients with disc herniation” by Wu et. al. (Wu SK 2022)  and published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders on July 30 of 2022. Bam!!! Into the frying pain! It’s hot. 

Why They Did It

To better understand biomechanical factors that affect intervertebral alignment throughout active therapeutic exercise, it is necessary to determine spinal kinematics when subjects perform spinal exercises. This study aims to investigate the outcomes of active cervical therapeutic exercise on intervertebral foramen changes in neck pain patients with disc herniation.

How They Did It

  • Thirty diagnosed C4/5 and/or C5/6 disc-herniated patients
  • 8-week cervical therapeutic exercise program 
  • They were followed up with videofluoroscopic images. 
  • The dynamic changes in the foramen were computed at different timepoints, including the neutral position, end-range positions in cervical flexion-extension, protrusion-retraction, and lateral flexion movements.

What They Found

  • The results showed that the active cervical flexion, retraction, and lateral flexion away from the affected side movements increased the area of the patients’ intervertebral foramen; while the active extension, protrusion, and lateral flexion toward the affected side reduced the areas of intervertebral foramen before treatment. 
  • After the treatment, the active cervical flexion significantly increased the C2/3, C3/4, and C6/7 foramen area by 5.02-8.67%, and the extension exercise significantly reduced the C2/3 and C4/5 area by 5.12-9.18% compared to the baseline. 
  • Active retraction movement significantly increased the foramen area from C2/3 to C6/7 by 3.82-8.66%. 
  • Active lateral flexion away from the affected side significantly increased the foramen by 3.71-6.78%

Wrap It Up

The 8-week therapeutic exercises including repeated cervical retraction, extension, and lateral flexion movements to the lesion led to significant changes and improvements in the intervertebral foramen areas of the patients with disc herniation.

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

Item #2

I saw this one in the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance group on Facebook and it’s pretty darn interesting. It’s called, “Prone Position MRI of the Lumbar Spine in Patients With Low Back Pain and/or Radiculopathy Refractory to Treatment” by Avellanal et. al.  and published in Pain Physician in August of 2022 damnit this Is the first day of August it just doesn’t get any more fire than that heat!

Why They Did It

There are patients with limiting low back pain (LBP) with or without radicular pain in whom conventional supine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show no causative pathology. Despite the limitations of dynamic axially loaded MRI examinations, these imaging studies have shown a striking ability to diagnose pathology unrecognized by conventional MRI. The difference in findings between supine and prone MRI with patient symptom correlation has not been studied.

How They Did It

  • Nineteen patients suffering from chronic moderate-to-severe LBP and/or radicular pain 
  • Nonresponsive to conventional therapy or interventional treatment
  • Both supine and prone MRIs were performed and analyzed by a neuroradiologist. 
  • Specific supine and prone measurements were registered, including spinal canal area, lateral recess diameter, foraminal area, and ligamentum flavum thickness. 
  • Three-dimensional MRI reconstructions of varying pathology patterns were created.

What They Found

  • In 52.6% of cases, disc pathology or increased disc pathology was seen only on prone imaging. 
  • They observed significant buckling and increased thickness of the ligamentum flavum in 52.6 % of cases in the prone position that was absent from the supine MRIs. 
  • They also documented varying grades of spondylolisthesis and facet joint subluxation resulting in significant foraminal stenosis in 26.3% of prone cases not seen from supine MRIs.

Wrap It Up

  • Four patterns of pathological findings have been identified by MRI performed in the prone position. 
  • These findings were not observed in the supine position. 
  • Prone MRI can be a significant and useful tool in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with back pain refractory to treatment whose conventional supine MRIs appeared unremarkable.

Which I also take as yet another reason you cannot trust MRI’s for definitive diagnosis of the source of pain. 

 

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!

Chiropractic evidence-based products

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.

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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 Wu SK, C. H., You JY, Bau JG, Lin YC, Kuo LC (2022). “Outcomes of active cervical therapeutic exercise on dynamic intervertebral foramen changes in neck pain patients with disc herniation.” BMC Musculoskelet Disord 23(1): 728.      

Brain Activity From Spinal Manipulative Therapy & PT Is As Good As Arthoscopic Surgery For Meniscus Issues

CF 240: Brain Activity From Spinal Manipulative Therapy & PT Is As Good As Arthoscopic Surgery For Meniscus Issues Today we’re going to talk about the Brain’s Activity as a result From Spinal Manipulative Therapy & we’ll talk about how PT Is As Good As Arthoscopic Surgery For Meniscus Issues But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #240 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Changing One’s Mind About Pain and how the cognitive aspect of pain has to be addressed. Fascinating stuff, folks. Truly. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I’m headed to Sarasota this weekend for the MCM Florida Mastermind with Kevin Christie and others. And when I say ‘others’, I mean big-timers. It’s a privilege to be invited and to be a member of this private group of masterminds.  I’m talking about Kevin, of course, but Brett Winchester, Jay Greenstein, Mark King, Ben Fergus, Scott Schreiber, and more! Power-hitters. If you are interested in being a part of this mastermind, email Dr. Christie at drkchristie@gmail.com We’re keeping it around 20 members and I believe we have about 15 at the moment. So, there are a few more seats. But don’t waste time because those spots might fill up PDQ. For you Yanks……that means pretty damn quick.  Going to Sarasota on Thursday means that all patients are getting packed into a 3 day work week. We have 52 on the schedule today as a result so this one is short and sweet my dear friends.  But I will say, the numbers are back to looking encouraging. At least until the back-to-school slow down comes along. We see it every year and I’m sure this one will be no different. Although, we are going to be doing some ‘Back to school doesn’t mean forget the chiropractor’ style marketing to try to combat it.  If you see back-to-school slowdowns every year, what are you doing to offset it? Let me know and I can share it with our audience. Email me at creekstonecare@gmail.com Let’s get going with the research. 

Item #1

The first one today is called, “Effect of Physical Therapy vs Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy in People With Degenerative Meniscal Tears. Five-Year Follow-up of the ESCAPE Randomized Clinical Trial” by Noordyn et. al. (Noorduyn JCA 2022) and published in JAMA Network Open on July 8, 2022. Aye aye aye, that’s a hot plate of hot pie!

Why They Did It

There is a paucity of high-quality evidence about the long-term effects (ie, 3-5 years and beyond) of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy vs exercise-based physical therapy for patients with degenerative meniscal tears. The authors wanted to know….is exercise-based physical therapy just as good or equal to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy during a 5-year follow-up period in patients aged 45 to 70 years with a degenerative meniscal tear?

How They Did It

  • 278 patients completed the 5-year follow-up
  • A noninferiority, multicenter randomized clinical trial was conducted in the orthopedic departments of 9 hospitals in the Netherlands. A total of 321 patients aged 45 to 70 years with a degenerative meniscal tear participated. Data collection took place between July 12, 2013, and December 4, 2020.
  • Patients were randomly allocated to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy or 16 sessions of exercise-based physical therapy.
  • The secondary outcome was progression in knee osteoarthritis shown on radiographic images in both treatment groups.

What They Found

  • From baseline to 5-year follow-up, the mean (SD) improvement was 29.6 (18.7) points in the surgery group and 25.1 (17.8) points in the physical therapy group. 
  • The crude between-group difference was 3.5 points. 
  • Comparable rates of progression of knee osteoarthritis were noted between both treatments.

Wrap It Up

  • In this noninferiority randomized clinical trial after 5 years, exercise-based physical therapy remained noninferior to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for patient-reported knee function. 
  • For us English speakers, that means that exercise was just as good as arthoscopic surgical intervention and didn’t lead to any increase in knee osteoarthritis
  • Physical therapy should therefore be the preferred treatment over surgery for degenerative meniscal tears. 
  • These results can assist in the development and updating of current guideline recommendations about treatment for patients with a degenerative meniscal tear.

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

Item #2 The last one this week is called “Spinal Manipulative Therapy Alters Brain Activity in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Longitudinal Brain fMRI Study” by Tan et. al. (Tan W 2020) and published in Frontiers In Neuroscience on November 19th of 2020. Not as hot as it once was I suppose. 

Why They Did It They say that we know Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) helps to reduce chronic low back pain (cLBP). However, the underlying mechanism of pain relief and the neurological response to SMT remains unclear. The authors were trying to get some clarity on the mechanism. Why does it help?

How They Did It

  • We utilized brain functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) upon the application of a real-time spot pressure mechanical stimulus to assess the effects of SMT on patients with cLBP.
  • Brain fMRI was performed for Group 1 at three time points: before an adjustment, after the first adjustment session, and after the sixth adjustment. 
  • The healthy controls (Group 2) did not receive an adjustment and underwent only one fMRI scan. 
  • During fMRI scanning, a real-time spot pressure mechanical stimulus was applied to the low back area of all participants. 
  • Participants in Group 1 completed clinical questionnaires assessing pain and quality of life

What They Found

Before SMT, there were no significant differences in brain activity between Group 1 and Group 2.  After the first adjustment, Group 1 showed significantly greater brain activity in the right parahippocampal gyrus, right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and left precuneus compared to Group 2.  After the sixth adjustment, Group 1 showed significantly greater brain activity in the posterior cingulate gyrus and right inferior frontal gyrus compared to Group 2.  After both the first and sixth adjustments, Group 1 had significantly improved outcomes scores than the control group

Wrap It Up

The authors say, “We observed alterations in brain activity in regions of the default mode network in patients with cLBP after SMT. These findings suggest the potential utility of the default mode network as a neuroimaging biomarker for pain management in patients with cLBP. In a sense, we can re-map faulty wiring through motion, function, and proprioception which are all things provided in a good adjustment and targeted exercise. If all you’re doing is adjustments though, reconsider. A broad management protocol is the key.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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

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The Message

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

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

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

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

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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

Noorduyn JCA, v. d. G. V., Willigenburg NW, (2022). “Effect of Physical Therapy vs Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy in People With Degenerative Meniscal Tears: Five-Year Follow-up of the ESCAPE Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Netw Open 5(7).  

Tan W, W. W., Yang Y, Chen Y, Kang Y, Huang Y, Gong Z, Zhan S, Ke Z, Wang J, Yuan W, Huang W, Zee C, Chen Z, Chen BT (2020). “Spinal Manipulative Therapy Alters Brain Activity in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Longitudinal Brain fMRI Study.” Front Integr Neurosci.    

The Inflammatory Response’s Effect On Chronic Pain & The Entry Point For Low Back Pain

CF 235: The Inflammatory Response’s Effect On Chronic Pain & The Entry Point For Low Back Pain Today we’re going to talk about the inflammatory response’s protection from chronic pain, which is fascinating.. and we’ll talk about where patients should be starting their journey for low 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 out 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 your patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • Last thing real quick, we also have an evidence-based brochure and poster store at chiropracticforward.com

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #235 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Chiropractic saving Medicare patients money and adverse events and a better position for preventing strokes when adjusting the neck. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I had a big weekend in Frisco, Tx. If you don’t know where Frisco, TX is, it is basically North East Dallas. It’s the home of the Dallas Cowboys training facility. It’s where all of the people you hear about moving to Texas are moving to. The place has growth that is just almost unreal.  They have to be continually building high schools and highways because they can hardly keep up with their growing population.  Anyway, it was the location of the Texas Chiropractic Association’s annual state convention, which is called ChiroTexpo. 

This year, I was asked to teach a 2-hour course. My course is called Chronic Pain And The Up-regulated Central Nervous System. Those of you that are regular listeners here are probably familiar with some of what I cover in the course. My main goal for attendees of my course is more responsible in managing of their patients and more responsible in communicating with them.  I’m trying to kill the habits some have of catastrophizing imaging findings and scaring patients into a ton of treatment by using harmful words, phrases, and analogies.  I had a patient last week whose primary told her that her spine was like a dry twig from osteoporosis.

Seriously?

The daughter was scared to death and the patient didn’t want to move an inch because she had a picture in her mind that her spine was going to start splintering. How awful.  But, you get what I’m saying. I’m trying to use guidelines and research to show why words matter and how we can help solve more chronic pain patients’ issues through good communication and broad management protocols.  So there. Good times in the metroplex.  I got to meet a lot of folks and hang out with some buddies. I got to see Mike Massey from Tennessee. He was speaking on Mastering Medicare. I got to hang out with Jay Greenstein and have some dinner and drinks. He was in town speaking on technology in the profession.

Excellent as always.

I hung out and had dinner with Brandon Steele, his wife and daughter, and my other good friend Craig Benton from Lampasas Texas. I also spent plenty of time with my regular TCA family, Tyce Hergert, Devin Pettiet, Max Vige, Bill Lawson, the new President of the TCA and Todd Whitehead, the new Secretary/Treasurer of the TCA, and always a favorite, Stephen Foster who is the President of Texas Chiropractic College. What a wonderful individual. TCC is fortunate to have him at the helm. 

These connections are important to me and I value them greatly.  I also got to meet a couple of fellow speakers and get to know them better. Kristi Hudson from ChiroHealthUSA out in Mississippi. She’s just got amazing good vibes and energy. You can tell when people are good at heart and she’s great. I also met Dr. Cindy Howard, a functional medicine mastermind, ninja, and Jedi. She’s just simply a force to be reckoned with. Very impressive, excellent attitude, and a new connection I’m excited to have made. 

On top of all of that, I won an award at the awards gala. I won the Executive Director’s award which is amazing and quite an honor.  So, overall, it was a great weekend. I’m recovering from all of the festivities but it was well worth it and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Again, it’s mid-June 2022 and I’m still looking for a chiropractor to come in here and treat in my clinic and grow my clinic. If interested, send me an email and a CV to creekstonecare@gmail.com please.

I want to get to know you. But, understand, I’m a go-getter. You’ll need to be as well. But for the right person, this might be the place you’ll want to spend the rest of your career. 

Alright, let’s dive in. But before we do, let’s pay some bills real quick. 

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Item #1

The first one is called “Acute inflammatory response via neutrophil activation protects against the development of chronic pain” by Parisien et. al. (Parisien M 2022) and published in Science Translational Medicine on May 11 of 2022 and it’s a hot potato, coming through. 

Why They Did It

They say, “The transition from acute to chronic pain is critically important but not well understood. Here, we investigated the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic low back pain” On a quick side note, there is the suggestion that neuroplasticity may partially explain the slip from acute to chronic. Isn’t it an interesting thought; tissue has a healing time? If we can get the pain to cease after healing occurs, thus preventing the slip from acute to chronic….imagine how much time, money, and suffering we save the system. Low back pain is the leading cause of disability globally and I would venture a guess that the vast majority of that pain is not acute. It’s chronic. 

How They Did It

  • They performed the transcriptome-wide analysis in peripheral immune cells of 98 participants with acute LBP, followed for 3 months.
  • Transcriptomic changes were compared between patients whose LBP was resolved at 3 months with those whose LBP persisted

What They Found

  • They found thousands of dynamic transcriptional changes over 3 months in LBP participants with resolved pain but none in those with persistent pain. 
  • Transient neutrophil-driven up-regulation of inflammatory responses was protective against the transition to chronic pain. 
  • In mouse pain assays, early treatment with a steroid or NSAID also led to prolonged pain despite being analgesic in the short term; such a prolongation was not observed with other analgesics. 
  • Depletion of neutrophils delayed resolution of pain in mice, whereas peripheral injection of neutrophils themselves prevented the development of long-lasting pain induced by an anti-inflammatory drug.

Wrap It Up

Analysis of pain trajectories of human subjects reporting acute back pain in the UK Biobank identified elevated risk of pain persistence for subjects taking NSAIDs. Thus, despite analgesic efficacy at early time points, the management of acute inflammation may be counterproductive for long-term outcomes of LBP sufferers. You can’t tell me that’s not somewhat exciting. I also read an article last week asking if we’re close to curing cancer and, based on some more recent results from the immunotherapy strategies they’re using and studying, they’re optimistic that an end for a lot of cancers may be in sight. 

That’s worth having some excitement over. If we can cure cancer and figure out how to prevent pain from slipping into chronic pain…..damn. Imagine how our world changes. Almost immediately. I’m a dreamer and I’m dreaming right now. What a party that’ll be if they can get it done.  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 #2

The last one today is called, “Where to start? A two-stage residual inclusion approach to estimating the influence of the initial provider on health care utilization and costs for low back pain in the US” by Harwood et. al.   (Harwood 2022)and published in BMC Health Services Research on May 23, 2022 and that’s hotter than Texas in June and July.  For real, folks. It was already hitting 105 and 108 in Amarillo and Dallas this last weekend. That’s nuts. 

Why They Did It

Diagnostic testing and treatment recommendations can vary when medical care is sought by individuals for low back pain (LBP), leading to variation in quality and costs of care. We examine how the first provider seen by an individual at initial diagnosis of LBP influences downstream utilization and costs.

How They Did It

  • They used national private health insurance claims data on  3,799,593 individuals, 
  • Subjects were individuals aged 18 or older 
  • They were retrospectively assigned to cohorts based on the first provider seen for their low back pain
  • They excluded those with back pain, serious conditions, or opioid script in the 6 months prior to the study
  • Outcome measures included imaging, back surgery rates, hospitalization rates, emergency department visits, early- and long-term opioid use, and costs (out-of-pocket and total costs of care). 

What They Found

  • Cost and utilization varied considerably based on the first provider seen by the patient. 
  • The frequency of early opioid prescription was significantly lower when care began with an acupuncturist or chiropractor, and highest for those who began with an emergency medicine physician or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). 
  • Long-term opioid prescriptions were low across most providers except physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and APRNs. 
  • The frequency and time to serious illness varied little across providers. 
  • The total cost of care was lowest when starting with a chiropractor ($5093) or primary care physician ($5660), and highest when starting with an orthopedist ($9434) or acupuncturist ($9205).

Wrap It Up

The first provider seen by individuals with LBP was associated with large differences in health care utilization, opioid prescriptions, and cost while there were no differences in delays in diagnosis of serious illness. Frequency and time to serious illness varied little across providers and the total cost of care was the lowest when starting with a chiropractor.  Superhero sounds engaged. 

 

Boom, snap, slap, kachow, frickin’ face chop. 

So why in the holy mother of common sense are we not being flooded with pain patients coming from the medical community? How is it possible? We keep seeing papers just like this. This just happens to be the newest one. We’ve seen multitudes of this same result.  Evidence-based and patient-centered chiropractic saves money, get patients equal or better outcomes, patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care, and we save the patient and the system money. 

That’s it, the end of the story. It’s time for a profession that acts as they stand on the shoulders of mother evidence and research….like the medical profession, for example….. to begin paying attention to its own damn research and making it mandatory for spinal and joint pain patients to go to an evidence-based, patient-centered chiropractor first for 2 weeks before they even think of making a different move.  If they’re not doing that, they’re 100% ignoring just about every bit of research I’ve seen on this topic in the past 10 years.

Dr. Christine Goertz once told me that it takes on average 18 years for research to filter down to the everyday provider in the field.  So…..just like 8 more years before our offices are inundated, right? That is if they don’t cure chronic pain first.  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.   

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.

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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

Harwood, K. J., Pines, J.M., Andrilla, C.H.A., (2022). “Where to start? A two stage residual inclusion approach to estimating influence of the initial provider on health care utilization and costs for low back pain in the US.” BMC Health Serv Res 22(694).  

Parisien M, L. L., Dagostino C, (2022). “Acute inflammatory response via neutrophil activation protects against the development of chronic pain.” SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE 14(644).    

Nerve Flossing Carpal Tunnel & Catastrophizing

CF 227: Nerve Flossing Carpal Tunnel & Catastrophizing Today we’re going to talk about Nerve Flossing Carpal Tunnel & Catastrophizing 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. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #227 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Restless Leg Syndrome. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 

On the personal end of things…..

Well if you listened to me last week, then you heard me struggling through an episode. My voice was a straight up mess, I felt pretty dang rough, and really just wanted to be at home in my bed. That business went on for a few more days. I finally figured out that I had COVID. What the hell. Isn’t COVID over? Apparently not.  At this point, I’m 8 days out from the first day I felt crummy. I just have a stuffy nose and coughing some stuff out of my chest here and there but doing pretty good overall.  I’m just glad I got the omicron brand rather than the DeltaVID or the OG-VID I was beginning to think I was immune.

I had an employee that had the antibodies but never got sick. I figured that was me. I guess not. So, I should be good to go with the Rona for like six months before I get it again. Lol So last week was a bust and I have a short week this week as I head to Florida to meet my buddies in St Augustine fir the MCM Mastermind that Kevin Christie began.  It’s an outstanding group of providers. I don’t know if there are any seats left in the group but if you’d like to join the group, gimme a holler.

The next trip and meeting is July 22 in Sarasota. Let’s get to it. Before we do though, I recently connected with a dude.  we all know that the number one type of case that we want is a personal injury case – they are gold because the clients are more compliant, and we get paid at rates far above insurance or Medicare or Medicaid. The patient’s attorney tells them to go for treatment as doing so enhances their legal case and gets them more money. That’s on their end of it but we know less medical providers will accept their cases and they need treatment. And we can help. 

The problem is, how do we get PI cases?  Attorneys don’t generally respond to your invitation for lunch. And let’s face it, they’re a touch bunch. I have the answer. An attorney I know has put together a system, that is both in written and video form, that shares how to approach attorneys and get them to send their PI clients to you. This is the real deal. Attorney Paul Samakow’s system costs $997 and he guarantees satisfaction or your money back. You have to check this out.  Even if you only get one case, you’ve made at least 4 or 5 times the investment. Go to gettingpicases.com/cs That’s gettingpicases.com/cs One more time so you get it right:   gettingpicases.com/cs 

Item #1

The first one is called “Peripheral and Central Adaptations After a Median Nerve Neruomobilization Program Completed by Individuals With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: An Exploratory mechanistic Study using Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” by Paquette et. al. (Paquette P 2020) and published in the Journal Of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics on August of 2020. It’s just steamy….not too enfuego on this day.  Why They Did It The authors say, “This exploratory and mechanistic study aims to evaluate the potential peripheral and central adaptations that may result in individuals with CTS who have completed a neuromobilization program.” How They Did It

  • Fourteen individuals with CTS were evaluated 
  • Evaluation were before and 1 week after the completion of a 4-week neuromobilization program that incorporated median nerve sliding exercises. 
  • Pain and upper limb functional abilities were assessed using standardized questionnaires. 
  • The biological integrity and mechanical properties of the median nerve and the corticospinal excitability were quantified using musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation, respectively.

What They Found

  • Upon completion of the program, participants reported both large and moderate improvements in pain and upper limb functional abilities, respectively. 
  • The biological integrity and mechanical properties of the median nerve remained unchanged, whereas a small significant increase in corticospinal excitability was observed.

Wrap It Up The proposed neuromobilization program appears promising to improve pain and upper limb functional abilities in individuals with CTS. These improvements may be preferentially mediated via central, rather than peripheral, adaptations. Before getting to the next one, I have to tell you, Dr. Chris Howson, the inventor of the Drop Release tool re-activated the code! It’s live again. Use the code HOTSTUFF upon purchase at droprelease.com to get $50 off your purchase. Y’all, it makes a world of difference. Would you like to spend 5-10 minutes doing pin and stretch and all of that? Or would you rather use a drop release to get the same or similar results in just a handful of seconds. My patients love it and I know yours will too. droprelease.com and the discount code is HOTSTUFF. Go do it. Hear me now and believe me later.

Item #2

The last one today is called, “Pain Catastrophizing and Pain Self-Efficacy Mediate Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program Outcomes at Posttreatment and Follow-Up” by Schumann et. al. (Matthew E Schumann 2021) and published in Pain Medicine in September of 2021 and THAT one is enfuego today. 

Why They Did It

“To prospectively evaluate interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation outcomes, as well as to evaluate the mediating effects of both pain catastrophizing and pain self-efficacy on outcome.”

How They Did It

  • 315 patients with chronic pain participated
  • They completed a 3-week interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program. 
  • Pain severity, pain interference, pain catastrophizing, pain self-efficacy, quality of life, depressive symptom questionnaires, and measures of physical performance were assessed before and after treatment. 
  • Follow-up questionnaires were returned by 163 participants. 
  • Effect size and reliable change analyses were conducted from pre- to posttreatment and from pretreatment to 6-month follow-up. 
  • Mediation analyses were conducted to determine the mediating effect of pain catastrophizing and pain self-efficacy on pain outcome.

What They Found

  • Significant improvements from pre- to posttreatment in pain outcomes were observed, and more than 80% evidenced a reliable change in at least one pain-relevant measure. 
  • Pain catastrophizing and pain self-efficacy mediated the relationship between changes in pain outcomes.

Wrap It Up

Interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation is an effective treatment, and decreasing pain catastrophizing and increasing pain self-efficacy can influence maintenance of treatment gains. So when you’re managing your words and managing the patients’ yellow flags as much as you’re managing the bio aspect of the condition, then you’re on the right track.  If you only manage the bio part and ignore the psychosocial parts, you only get 1/3 of the equation and potentially only 1/3 of the improvement.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Bibliography

Matthew E Schumann, P., Brandon J Coombes, PhD, Keith E Gascho, Jr., Jennifer R Geske, Mary C McDermott, APRN, CNP, DNP, MS, Eleshia J Morrison, PhD, Andrea L Reynolds, PT, Jessica L Bernau, RN, Wesley P Gilliam, PhD, (2021). “Pain Catastrophizing and Pain Self-Efficacy Mediate Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program Outcomes at Posttreatment and Follow-Up.” Pain Med 23(4): 697-706.  

Paquette P, H. J., Gagnon D, (2020). “Peripheral and Central Adaptations After a Median Nerve Neuromobilization Program Completed by Individuals With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: An Exploratory Mechanistic Study Using Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” J Man Physiol Ther 43(6): P566-578.    

Return To Play After Herniation & Water vs. PT Exercises

CF 216: Return To Play After Herniation & Water vs. PT Exercises Today we’re going to talk about return To Play After Herniation & Water vs. PT Exercises But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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

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

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #216 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about the MCM Mastermind that I am a member of & we talked about CAM Acceptance Among Medical Specialists. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I’m still settling back in after that Florida mastermind that we talked about last week. Still getting my mind wrapped around the information and the best ways to implement the ideas.  One of my biggest obstacles to practice has been good, evidence-based, patient-centered guidelines for dosing. Meaning, how many times should a patient be seen? Well, one of the mastermind members is Dr. Jay Greenstein. If you don’t know him, I suggest you get that remedied muy pronto mi amigo.  Jay has done a lot of work with Clinical Compass and based on research in the Journal of Manipulative and PHhysiologica Therapies and based on Haas’s research in Spine, Dr. Greenstein has been kind enough to guide me along. 

Here’s a lesson for me and for listeners. As far along as you are, whether in the beginning, in middle, or toward the end, you can always learn. Now, instead of saying 3x/week for a couple of weeks, and then we’ll see where you’re at….instead of that, I have firm, research-based, Clinical Compass-approved recommendations for what I tell them. 

My biggest gap is patient stick-to-it-iveness. I may see 80 new patients a month but still only see 650 visits that month. Because my new patients don’t typically make it to the first re-exam.  It’s not like I don’t know this problem. It’s always been an issue. Some of us have money issues. We do the stuff to make more money but we’re not always sure we deserve more money or deserve to live well, blah blah blah. That’s the mental health aspect of dealing with money. 

I turned financial talks over to the staff because I’m not good with money discussions when it comes to people paying me. I’m fine when I’m talking about stuff I’m doing to try to make money. I’m not good when we’re talking about me making money from someone. It’s just what it is.  Here’s the thing though, if I know it’s backed and supported and even encouraged as far as guidelines, then it’s on. I have no problem with making the recommendations and making them stronger.  So, there you are. Once my recommendations are better, my income improves immediately. This means I can easily training those under me and comfortably hire more providers, etc.

All from one thing; more effective communication with my new patients from the get-go. 

Also, I’m reading the book Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman. This was recommended by several in the MCM Mastermind so I’m already in Chapter 6 on this sucker and wondering why I didn’t read it years ago. It’s there to help identify issues, communicate more effectively with your team, and get the right people in the right seats.  What are you working on professionally this week? Email me at dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com.

I’d love to hear it. 

Let’s hop in Item #1

The first one today is called “Return to Play After Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniation in Elite Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment” by Sedrak, et. al. (Sedrak 2021) and published in Sports Health on Feb 10 of 2021 and only a year old is still significantly steamy. 

Why They Did It

The prevalence of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation (LDH) in athletes can be as high as 75%. For elite athletes diagnosed with LDH, return to play (RTP) is a major concern, and thus comparing surgical with nonoperative care is essential to guide practitioners and athletes, not just in terms of recovery rates but also the speed of recovery. The purpose of this systematic review is to provide an update on RTP outcomes for elite athletes after lumbar discectomy versus nonoperative treatment of lumbar disc herniations.

How They Did It

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis
  • A search of the literature was conducted using 3 online databases (MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PubMed) to identify pertinent studies.

What They Found

  • Twenty studies met the inclusion criteria and were included in this review. 
  • Overall, 663 out of 799 patients (83.0%) returned to play in the surgical group and 
  • 251 out of 308 patients (81.5%) returned to play in the nonoperative group. 
  • No statistically significant difference for return to play rate was found 
  • The mean time to return to play for patients undergoing lumbar discectomy was 5.19 months, and 4.11 months for those treated conservatively.

Wrap It Up

There was no significant difference in return to play rate between athletes treated with operative or nonoperative management of LDHs, nor did operative management have a faster time to return to play.  Athletes should consider the lack of difference in return to play rate in addition to the potential risks associated with spinal surgery when choosing a treatment option.  Clear enough on that, folks? You don’t even need my commentary on it. That’s as plain English as you can get right?

Item #2

The second one today is called “Efficacy of Therapeutic Aquatic Exercise vs Physical Therapy Modalities for Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Peng et. al. (Peng M 2022) and published in JAMA Network Open on January 7, 2022, booyah it’s on fire. 

Why They Did It

To assess the long-term effects of therapeutic aquatic exercise on people with chronic low back pain.

How They Did It

  • This was a 3-month, single-blind randomized clinical trial with a 12-month follow-up period
  • A total of 113 people with chronic low back pain were included in the experiment.
  • Participants were randomized to either the therapeutic aquatic exercise or the physical therapy modalities group. 
  • The therapeutic aquatic exercise group received aquatic exercise, whereas the physical therapy modalities group received transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and infrared ray thermal therapy. 
  • Both interventions were performed for 60 minutes twice a week for 3 months.

What They Found

  • Compared with the physical therapy modalities group, the therapeutic aquatic exercise group showed greater alleviation of disability, with adjusted mean group differences after the 3-month intervention, at the 6-month follow-up, and at the 12-month follow-up
  • At the 12-month follow-up point, improvements were significantly greater in the therapeutic aquatic exercise group vs the physical therapy modalities group in the number of participants who met the minimal clinically important difference in pain

Wrap It Up

The therapeutic aquatic exercise program led to greater alleviation in patients with chronic low back pain than physical therapy modalities and had a long-term effect up to 12 months. This finding may prompt clinicians to recommend therapeutic aquatic exercise to patients with chronic low back pain as part of treatment to improve their health through active exercise rather than relying on passive relaxation. Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus.

The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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

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

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

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

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Bibliography

Peng M, W. R., Wang Y, (2022). “Efficacy of Therapeutic Aquatic Exercise vs Physical Therapy Modalities for Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Netw Open 5.  

Sedrak, P., Shahbaz, M., Gohal, C., Madden, K., Aleem, I., & Khan, M, (2021). “Return to Play After Symptomatic Lumbar Disc Herniation in Elite Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment.” Sports Health 13(5): 446-453.        

MCM Mastermind & CAM Acceptance Among Medical Specialists

CF 215: MCM Mastermind & CAM Acceptance Among Medical Specialists Today we’re going to talk about the MCM Mastermind and CAM acceptance in the medical community.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

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

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #215 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Sitting On Your Butt And The Future Of American Pain . Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I just returned from Delray Beach Florida. I am part of a nationwide mastermind group started and led by Dr Kevin Christie. Kevin has been a guest on our podcast and I on his. He is the host of the Modern Chiropractic Marketing podcast and author of the book as well. Super guy. Super doc. Superhuman being.

He just is and I’m honored to know him and call him a friend. He’s a guy you want to root for, learn from, and help. And get help from I might add. This group is about 15 strong as of now but is going to grow. If I get to talking about it and you are interested in being a part of the group, Kevin told me there are some open spots but it is limited. The group will be limited in size to facilitate a tight knit and highly effective group.

The group is high functioning and the docs are accomplished and doing some pretty cool stuff. The point of the mastermind is to get together and form a solid network. To solve each others’ problems and to sol learn from each other and from the special speakers Kevin has signed up to present.

Four trips to Florida. Delray Beach was #1. In April we meet in St. Augustine, FL. In July it’s Sarasota. And in November we are meeting at the Playa Largo resort in Key Largo in the Florida Keys!

Some of the members are me of course, Ben Fergus of the GRIP method, Mark King of The Motion Palpation Institute, Jay Greenstein of Kaizohealth, Kevin. Lots of key members from all over the nation.

So day 1 we were presented to by Jay Greenstein about teamwork, communications with your team, problem-solving with your team, working through and prioritizing your issues, coming up with ideas for approaching them, and lots and lots of other stuff.

Look folks: real talk here, I’ve been following Jay for a few years now and if you don’t know him, please go figure out who he is and see if you can learn something from him. He couldn’t have been better and this meeting could not have been more timely for me. Good time to get jazzed.

Now, why a mastermind? I tried practice management companies and they suck mostly. They’re mostly vitalistic. They don’t typically follow guidelines and they are doctor-centered. Again for the most part. So….they’re out.

I was a member of a mastermind group in Dallas got a couple of years and my practice growth was awesome. My personal growth was even more significant. My reputation and network in the state in this profession were a result of the mastermind and that has been priceless.

We learned from the group leader but even more magic happened outside of the classroom. In the bars and around the lunch tables. In our interactions with each other after we went back home.

Those folks are still some of my best friends in the profession.

So, when Kevin asked me if I’d like to be a member of his mastermind, and he told me the price, which I thought was right on target, I jumped. Masterminds are good for me. I do better with a network of high achievers than I do floundering solo. I’ve proven that to myself. Plus, when you consider that it’s a group of evidence-based patient-centered docs that align with my style and vision, again it’s a no-brainer

Then, do we even need to discuss how awesome 4 trips to different parts of Florida are? Come on seriously. So, I love this group. I like where it’s headed. If you are evidence-based and patient-centered, you are high functioning and have valuable and creative ideas to share with the group while you learn others’ great ideas, and you’d like to be on the train with us, I hope you’ll reach out to me or Kevin.

My email is Dr.williams@chiropracticforward.com and Kevin’s is kevin@moderndeskjockey.com

Lemme be clear, Kevin is the leader and will make the decisions on who is right for the group but if you’d like to send me an email, I’ll get y’all connected.

OK, so even though we are onboarding a new back-office staff while in the process of re-hiring front desk staff after the last one only lasted 8 weeks, and even though the real estate investment in Lubbock STILL has lots of work left to get done before we can rent it out,

I’m STILL jazzed and excited from this mastermind weekend. Now, I gotta get to the research so I can go implant some of the stuff I learned this weekend! Since I’m playing catch up from being gone, we’re just covering one paper today.

It’s the best I can do this week! 

Item #1

This one is called, “Acceptance and use of complementary and alternative medicine among medical specialists: a 15-year systematic review and data synthesis” by Phutrakool, et. al. and published in BMC on January 14, 2022 and you can see it sizzle. Foggin up the glasses. Steamy!

Why They Did It

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has gained popularity among the general population, but its acceptance and use among medical specialists have been inconclusive. This systematic review aimed to identify relevant studies and synthesize survey data on the acceptance and use of CAM among medical specialists.

How They Did It

  • The authors conducted a systematic literature search in PubMed and Scopus databases for the acceptance and use of CAM among medical specialists. 
  • Each article was assessed by two screeners. 
  • Only survey studies relevant to the acceptance and use of CAM among medical specialists were reviewed. 
  • Of 5628 articles published between 2002 and 2017, 25 fulfilled the selection criteria. 
  • Ten medical specialties were included: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Neurology, Otolaryngology, and Neurological Surgery

What They Found

  • The overall acceptance of CAM was 52%. 
  • Family Medicine reported the highest acceptance, followed by Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, and Surgery. 
  • The overall use of CAM was 45%. 
  • The highest use of CAM was by the Obstetrics and Gynecology, followed by Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Surgery. 

Wrap It Up

Acceptance and use of CAM varied across medical specialists. CAM was accepted and used the most by Family Medicine but the least by Surgery. Findings from this systematic review could be useful for the strategic harmonization of CAM and conventional medical practice. And surgery doesn’t utilize us because we cost them money. When we are keeping patients from having surgery, they’re not getting paid. Is that really why? I don’t know, of course. But there has to be some financial incentives with surgeons. Those guys and girls are getting tens of thousands of dollars per fusion, discectomy, etc. Is the incentive low for searching out cost-effective ways to avoid surgery?  My off-the-cuff response is…..yeah, the incentive is low. 

Alright, that’s it.

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

 

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  The Message

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

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

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

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

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Hypermobile Patients, Sports-Related Concussion, & Obesity’s Pain Connection

CF 187: Hypermobile Patients, Sports-Related Concussion, & Obesity’s Pain Connection

Today we’re going to talk about Hypermobile Patients, Sports-Related Concussion, & Obesity’s Pain Connection 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. 

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #187 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about the western diet and its effects and we talked about some pretty cool acupuncture research. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Our nurse practitioner starts on August 2nd but we are having a hard time getting our malpractice person to respond to us and get that in place. We can’t get credentialing until that happens. Credentialing takes at least 2 months typically.  So, you see the issue. That was an unplanned obstacle.  We are in the process of changing our signage on the front of the building as well. We have one big sign out on the main street so that’s two inserts…..one for each side. 

Then we have two suites here so we have two doors. Which means we have two signs on the front of the building. So, added up, we get to order 4 inserts. Signs aren’t cheap if you’ve had to put one in lately.  Those are just some of the things that we’re messing with lately.  Clinic numbers, we are in week 3 with some good solid numbers. Not pre-COVID numbers but getting there. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure I want pre-COVID numbers. There were weeks I was at 220 appointments for the week. 25 new patients, re-exams running out my ears.  Now, that’s not bragging. I’m not there anymore. What I’m saying is that sometimes, it’s too much. In healthcare, you really can be too busy. Things start falling through the cracks.  My mom had a bone density test misread because her primary is simply too busy. He took responsibility and, other than putting her back surgery off longer than it should have, no harm was done. But the point is, we can get too busy.  I am extremely conservative in my finances. I don’t like taking big chances. I don’t like huge what-ifs. I like small, measured, and reasonable risks. You cannot eliminate risks. But we can mitigate them. We can make them minute instead of big gaping holes.  I should have hired an associate. And to be fair, we started to do that. It just simply fell through. And it was a blessing in disguise when you consider what COVID did to our practice. Now we get a chance to potentially say, “‘If I could go back and do that all over again…..” 

At this time, I’m at a point in my caseload that it’s all fairly easily manageable. We’re at probably 165-170 per week. That’s manageable for evidence-based, patient-centered practice. We are rehab-heavy. Rehab takes time and I have an excellent staff and ChiroUp to help me make it all happen.  However, if we get to the 190-200 appointments per week range, it’s time to start shopping for an associate. It’s too much and too many other things I’m trying to accomplish both personally and professionally suffer from that caseload.  And my brain space is just destroyed if I’m being honest. It’s not fun to go to work when you’re overwhelmed every day. It’s unpleasant. Even when the majority of your patients are amazing people. Nobody wants to go to doctors that are overwhelmed like that and I don’t want to be one of those doctors either.  So, just a little brain dump there and some free-flow thought for you. I have an intern coming in from Parker College in September. That’ll be my first intern to have onboard so who knows….maybe that ends up being a long-term thing.

Maybe not.

Time will tell.  On the horizon for me, real estate investing!! Regular listeners may have heard me talk about exit strategies. If you’re a thinker, you’re not only thinking about today but what you want out of tomorrow. I’ve been in business for over 23 years at this point and have never taken more than 5-7 days of vacation at a time. I’ve never been to Europe or anywhere outside of the Caribbean.  So, smart moves is what get us there. We are in a business where our presence is mandatory for a business to continue. In essence, our business owns us. Not the other way around. So how do we flip it? Well, we need people in place that fill the gap when we are out. We need to be the CEO instead of the hands-on worker. That’s part of the reason we are bringing in a nurse practitioner. That’s part of the reason we’ll be looking for an associate when the numbers truly rebound.

That’s the reason I started a voice-over side gig, which is going amazingly by the way. What a blessing that has been, y’all. I can’t even begin to tell you how well that’s going. I’ve voiced over 200 spots just since January. That’s over 33 per month. It’s been insane. That’s also the reason that real estate investing is my next mountain.  Mailbox money, y’all. Now, real estate investing takes effort and work so it’s not technically mailbox money but, when done right, is the fastest path to financial freedom. That’s the reason for the book I wrote and the speaking opportunities I’m getting involved in.  These are all potential paths toward early, comfortable, happy, partial retirement. Retirement to me doesn’t mean any work. It means control of my time. So in that context, retirement cannot come quite soon enough.  So, what’s your exit strategy? Are you going to work until you’re 88 and die at your desk in your office?

Which some want…and there’s not a thing in the world wrong with that. Or, do you have other things in your life to accomplish and need to start planning for that? Some say you need to start with the ending in mind. If you want to sell your business someday, shouldn’t you plan for that from the start? How do you build a business that’s ready to sell when it’s your time? Something to think about. I’m not sure I have all of those answers because they continue to unfold as I progress but I’m getting closer to solid ideas and strategies on it.  Alright….on to the research. 

Item #1

Let’s get it started this week talking about hyper mobility, Ehlers-Danlos, and all that good stuff. If you don’t really consider hypermobility in your daily treatment…..please….for the love of everything holy, please listen up and pay attention. This is where so many chiropractors are getting it wrong.  It’s becoming more and more clear every year that a good chiropractor should know when to mobilize and when to stabilize. Some of you are no doubt asking yourselves, what the hell does that mean? Sometimes the spine doesn’t want to be adjusted. There is already a plethora of movement there. Adjusting only increases the motion in an area that the increased motion is what is actually causing the complaint. In these cases, when in the hands of a vitalistic, subluxation, philosophy, doctor-centered chiropractor, this patient is going to get adjustment after adjustment for weeks and weeks.  I’m sure you can predict the eventual outcome here. And it’s not corrections of a subluxation. It’s spinal instability that compounds the issue.  The condition and patient population that is at increased risk here would be self-adjusters but mostly, those suffering from Ehlers-Danlos, which if you are unfamiliar, is a connective tissue disorder that allows these folks to behave a bit like an elastic rubber band. 

A hint of whether someone is EDS is the Beighton Scale. If I stand a new patient up and have them touch their toes and they put their hands flat on the floor, they’re getting put through the Beighton Scale to test for hypermobility. We need to know if they have too much movement in their joints. Because instead of more adjustments and more movement in the segments of the spine, they typically respond better to weight training, supportive activities and strengthening. 

This paper is called “Physical therapy treatment of hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos syndrome: A systematic review” by Gregory Reychler and Maya-Mafalda De Backer et. al. (Reychler 2021) and published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics on June 19, 2021…. My glasses….they’re steamed up..it’s hot.  Why They Did It The objective of this systematic review was to investigate the effect of the different physiotherapy techniques related to the children and adult patients with hEDS How They Did It

  • PubMed, SPORTDiscus, Cochrane Library, PEDro, Scopus, and Embase databases were analyzed from inception to April 2020.
  • Characteristics of the studies (authors), patients (sample size, sex, age, Beighton score), and non-pharmacological treatment (length of the program, number of sessions, duration of the session, and type of intervention), and the results with the dropout rate were extracted. 
  • From the 1045 retrieved references, 6 randomized controlled trials with a sample size ranging from 20 to 57 patients were included in the systematic review
  • There was a huge heterogeneity in the interventions. The duration of the program were from 4 to 8 weeks

What They Found

  • Pain or proprioception demonstrated significant improvements in the intervention group regardless of the type of intervention. 
  • A benefit of the inspiratory muscle training was observed on functional exercise capacity.
  • The quality of life was systematically improved.

Wrap It Up

Physiotherapy benefits on proprioception and pain in patients with hEDS even if robust randomized control studies are missing. Now, the full paper isn’t available for me to ingest so who the hell knows what all interventions these patients underwent. We don’t know. But, physiotherapy is Europe and Canada and Australia’s term for physical therapy. We know what PT is and in these patients, I’m assuming it is exercise and building strength and proprioception and balance.  All of that also helps clear up the joint and movement map in the brains of chronic pain patients. Which leads to more accurate sensorimotor function, less aberrant movement in the joints, more confidence in abilities and future capabilities, and less pain as an overall result.  And yes, I just tossed a bucket of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Diplomate on top of all of your heads. And didn’t it feel warm and fuzzy??

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Item #2 This second one is called “Lose Pain, Lose Weight, and Lose Both: A Cohort Study of Patients with Chronic Pain and Obesity Using a National Quality Registry” by Dong et. al. (Dong HJ 2021) and published in the Journal of Pain Research in February of 2021 and that’s holy mother of Hades hot. 

Why They Did It It is known that chronic pain makes it difficult to lose weight, but it is unknown whether obese patients (body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2) who experience significant pain relief after interdisciplinary multimodal pain rehabilitation (IMMPR) lose weight. This study investigated whether obese patients with chronic pain lost weight after completing interdisciplinary multimodal pain rehabilitation in specialist pain units. The association of pain relief and weight change over time was also examined.

How They Did It

  • Data from obese patients included in the Swedish Quality Registry for Pain Rehabilitation for specialized pain units were used, including baseline and 12-month follow-up after IMMPR from 2016 to 2018
  • Patients reported body weight and height, pain aspects (eg, pain intensity), physical activity behaviors, psychological distress, and health-related quality of life
  • A reduction of at least 5% of initial weight indicates clinically significant weight loss. 

What They Found

  • A significant reduction of pain intensity was found after interdisciplinary multimodal pain rehabilitation 
  • A similar proportion of patients in the three groups with different pain relief levels had clinically significant weight loss 
  • Significant improvements were reported regarding physical activity behavior, psychological distress, and health-related quality of life, but weight change was not associated with changes of pain intensity.

Wrap It Up

“About one-fifth of obese patients achieved significant weight reduction after interdisciplinary multimodal pain rehabilitation. Obese patients need a tailored pain rehabilitation program incorporating a targeted approach for weight management.”

Item #3

The last on his called “Injury Reduction Programs for Reducing the Incidence of Sport-Related Head and Neck Injuries Including Concussion: A Systematic Review” by Eliott, et. al. (Elliott 2021) and published in Sports Medicine on June 18, 2021. It’s a big ol’ pot of hot. 

Why They Did It To systematically review the literature to investigate: (1) the relationship between neck strength and sport-related head and neck injuries (including sport-related concussion (SRC); and (2) whether neck exercise programs can reduce the incidence of (a) sport-related head and neck injuries; and (b) sport-related concussion.

How They Did It

  • Five databases and research lists of included studies were searched
  • From an initial search of 593 studies, six were included in this review

What They Found

  • The results of two observational studies reported that higher neck strength, but not deep neck flexor endurance, is associated with a lower risk of sustaining a sports-related concussion. 
  • Four intervention studies demonstrated that injury reduction programs that included neck exercises can reduce the incidence of sport-related head and neck injuries including sports-related concussion.

Wrap It Up

Consideration should be given towards incorporating neck exercises into injury reduction exercise programs to reduce the incidence of sport-related head and neck injuries, including sports-related concussion. 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.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.       

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The Message

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

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

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

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

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Bibliography

  • Dong HJ, D. E., Rivano Fischer M, Gerdle B, (2021). “Lose Pain, Lose Weight, and Lose Both: A Cohort Study of Patients with Chronic Pain and Obesity Using a National Quality Registry.” J Pain Res 14(1863-1873).  
  • Elliott, J., Heron, N., Versteegh, T, (2021). “Injury Reduction Programs for Reducing the Incidence of Sport-Related Head and Neck Injuries Including Concussion: A Systematic Review.” Sports Med.  
  • Reychler, G., De Backer, M.-M., Piraux, E., Poncin, W., & Caty, G, (2021). “Physical therapy treatment of hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos syndrome: A systematic review.” American Journal of Medical Genetics: 1-9.          

Chiropractic Integration Into A Medical Setting

CF 151: Chiropractic Integration Into A Medical Setting Today we’re going to talk about chiropractic integration into a medical setting But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #151 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about the fate of a big pharma company and we talked about the outdated use of MRI diagnosis of cervical dysfunction. That’s not necessarily the way to do it anymore in 2020. 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

On the personal end of things…..

Well….how’s your week? Mine? It’s just eh… If you listened to a couple of weeks ago, I had a big week with some good numbers that looked like we were getting back to pre-COVID numbers. I was sniffing that level once again. Then, a three-day snow and ice storm decided that things were going a little bit too smoothly around here and shut us down for basically Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week. 

As a result, we went from 172 visits the week prior down to last week only seeing 71. So….roughly 100 visits just pissed off last week. Which left me pissed off. It’s been a mess this year and I’m no different than most. For that reason, I’m not going to sit here and gripe about it. We’re back in the ’70s this week so here’s to trying to reclaim those lost appointments and keeping our patients on track to getting better. 

Where we started the great week with 50+ patients on a Monday, this Monday we’re starting out the week with 26. Blah. But 4 new patients so, let’s hang our hats on the good stuff, shall we? And yes, we shall. 

This has absolutely been the year of making lemonade out of lemons. If you’re not strong mentally, this year is a bruiser, man. And let’s be honest, I’ve had ups and downs. I’m still having them. 

Hell, this week, as in many places, now that it’s time to rebuild after three lost days to weather, now the second COVID spike is in full swing. Yep, a bad day around here used to be 70 new cases. It was that way for 6 months or more. Now, in the last 2 weeks, we’re looking at averaging 240 or more cases per day. The hospitals are full and they’re bringing help in from out of town. I could let that work my head over but I won’t. Or…..at least I’ll try not to let it work me over. 

Have you ever watched The Secret? I sort of recommend it if you can absorb things in the right context. OR, I can just summarize it for you. Basically, it’s all about having a vision so strong that you basically will something to happen. If you believe it enough, the world will bend itself to make it happen for you. For example, from the movie, if you believe that there will always be a close parking spot available for you when you go shopping at different places, then you will indeed find close and wide-open parking spots. 

Or, if you really want a Ferrari, and you dream about it, feel yourself sitting in the seat, and feel the rev of the engine while you grip the steering wheel, etc….well, then surely, eventually you will indeed have yourself a Ferrari. Lol. 

Well, if you listen to this podcast enough, then you know damned well that I don’t buy into that kind of garbage. But there is a message in it that I do like and support. That message is that our lives are built on and based on our ability to be positive or negative basically.

I have an example from today for you. On the way to work this morning, not 2 blocks from my house, I almost got into 3 car wrecks within a time span of about 2 minutes. Seriously. At one point I had to stand on my brakes and throw everything into the floorboards. This while I was simultaneously yelling and hollering at this fool stopped in front of me. 

I could go into particulars on how it happened but that wouldn’t matter. What matters is that at that point in my day, I made a conscious decision. Was I going to let that ruin my day or was I going to see it for what it was and move on from it?

In The Secret, they say that our mentality from day to day affects our relationships with others. From our business interactions to our personal and family interactions. And it’s true. If you extrapolate that further, our mentality will either draw people TO us or push them AWAY from us. 

So, if I let that close encounter affect my mood from there on throughout the day, potentially, whether I was conscious of it or not, it could have affected my interactions with patients, staff, and then later at home. 

Alternatively, if I kick it out of my head and try to have a positive take on it….I didn’t get in a wreck after all!!! It could have been worse, right? 

That was my decision and I decided that it was over and I’m going to forget about it, not dwell on it, not be mad about it, and just move forward. 

On a larger scale, while I talk and share a lot about my business’s progress post-COVID here, for the most part, I’ve tried to adopt the ‘can do’ attitude. My generation Gen X is known for it. It is what it is. Let’s put on a smile, strap up our belts, and put one foot in front of the other. 

And that’s what’s making it happen here. We’re like Rocky in Rocky III. Clubber COVID Lang keeps slapping me around and punching me in the nose and when it’s not Clubber, it’s Thunder Lips throwing me out of the ring. Lol. Sometimes it’s like you just can’t win. And if you dwell on that crap, well, you know what happens. It affects everything you do and all of your connections. 

So, if Clubber Lang and Thunder Lips keep kicking your ass every week, put a smile on, stay doggedly determined, and come out swinging. All of this crap has a time limit. It will end eventually. Make sure you’re on top of the heap when it does.  Everyone loves an underdog. 

Item #1 First one of the day is called “Implementation of musculoskeletal specialists in the emergency department at a level A1 VA hospital during the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic” by Schielke et. al(Schielke A 2020). and published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine on October 8, 2020,

Schiza….piping hot pile of poblanos!!

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It’s not a research paper as much as an article so let’s get going with the highspots. 

  • They mention how the Rona depleted ER resources about the same time that pain management was deemed to be non-essential
  • They say that low back pain presenting in the ER has become more and more common and less traditional providers may be better suited to manage musculoskeletal pain. 
  • Bolstering the idea of alternative providers being involved, are the more current guidelines recommending nonpharmacologic treatment for low back pain. At least initially. 
  • Early conservative management for ED LBP has been associated with reduced pain and disability even when compared to patients with conservative outpatient physical therapy referrals
  • Multiple studies point out integrated ED MSK-specialist (MSK-S) reduced length of stay, imaging utilization, and opioid administration rates, and improved overall ED metrics when compared to patients seen by typical ED providers
  • Additionally, a 2018 systematic review and meta-analysis supports nonpharmacologic interventions for reduction of overall ED utilization and length of stay, and are effective in reducing pain in the ED with the potential to improve patient satisfaction, outcomes, and quality of life
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) 2019 proprietary data revealed approximately 60% of cases presenting to the ED were urgent/emergent MSK complaints, primarily LBP
  • As the health department postponed non-essential healthcare due to COVID, the plan to integrate non-traditional providers was amped up and happened on March 30, 2020, lasting through June 8th. 
  • Designated MSK-S care was provided during peak hours by chiropractic and physical therapy departments.
  • A “hub-and-spoke” arrangement was developed and per protocol, initial ED triage assessed for any serious spinal pathology, and a medical symptom evaluation was performed (“hub”). If diagnosed as MSK LBP, MSK-S referral was made with direct same-day hand-off (“spoke”).
  • Incorporation of MSK-S was shown, anecdotally, to be effective in treating acute MSK complaints as providers and patients were both able to benefit from the conservative options available in the ED
  • From the ED administration viewpoint, a liaison between ED and other sub-specialties utilizing a hub-and-spoke paradigm shift allows for the delivery of more efficient healthcare. With the positive feedback from the administration, ED providers, staff, and patients, integrated MSK-S clinics continue to develop within that VA system.
  • A 2018 review article by Kim et al. called for the use of an MSK-S in the ED and also provided clinical implementation guidance for any healthcare systems looking to adopt a similar practice.

Wow!! That’s pretty cool. Do you know what I did with this? I sent it to my friends in the medical field. Why not? The worst saying in the history of man is “We’ve just always done it that way.” What if there’s a better way? Of course, we know there is. The trick is in getting them to know there is. 

Item #2 Our last one today is called “Integration of Doctors of Chiropractic Into Private Sector Health Care Facilities in the United States: A Descriptive Survey” by Salsbury, et. al`. and published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics in February of 2018. Not new but pairs well with our first item. 

Why They Did It The purpose of this study was to describe the demographic, facility, and practice characteristics of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) working in private sector health care settings in the United States.

How They Did It

  • They conducted an online, cross-sectional survey using a purposive sample of DCs working in integrated health care facilities. 
  • The 36-item survey collected demographic, facility, chiropractic, and interdisciplinary practice characteristics, which were analyzed with descriptive statistics.

What They Found

  • The response rate was 76%
  • Doctors of chiropractic reported working in hospitals (40%)
  • multispecialty offices (21%),
  • ambulatory clinics (16%)
  • or other (21%) health care settings
  • Most (68%) were employees and received a salary
  • More than 60% reported co-management of patients with medical professionals.
  • Integrated DCs most often received and made referrals to primary care, physical medicine, pain medicine, orthopedics, and physical or occupational therapy
  • Although in many facilities the DCs were exclusive providers of spinal manipulation (43%), in most, manipulative therapies also were delivered by physical therapists and osteopathic or medical physicians.

Wrap It Up

Doctors of chiropractic are working in diverse medical settings within the private sector, in close proximity and collaboration with many provider types, suggesting a diverse role for chiropractors within conventional health care facilities. Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Keep changing our profession from your little corner of the world. Keep taking care of yourself 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 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

  • Schielke A, B. A., Walsh R, Rajagopal P, (2020). “Implementation of musculoskeletal specialists in the emergency department at a level A1 VA Hospital during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.” American J Emerg Med.

Chiropractic’s Effect On Strength and More, Status of Muscle Relaxers, And The Best Recovery Posture

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Today we’re going to talk about Chiropractic’s Effect On Strength and More, Status of Muscle Relaxers, And The Best Recovery Posture 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.

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Check your JUNK folder!! Do it do it do it. You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #135 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about adjusting in the areas of known disc complications, bulges, herniations..things of that sort. 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….. Nothing new to report really. We aren’t growing in our visit count week to week but, at the same time, we aren’t shrinking either. We’re holding steady at about 80% of where we were before the COVID train wreck and here’s what I’ve sort of decided. I’m just going to be OK with 80%.

Like I said last week, while we’re billing out less and collecting less, we’re also spending less both in the practice as well as in my personal life. Some of you aren’t. Some of you think it’s a hoax and all that stuff. You’re going out and traveling and vacationing and all that jazz. We aren’t. We are not afraid but we also do want to be smart and be diligent. I’ve come to the mindset that if I wind up getting it, I’ll probably do just fine with some time but regardless of how severe or mild symptoms are, I’ll STILL have to shut my office down.

Now, how many of us can afford to just shut the doors for 2-4 weeks without any issues? Honestly, I’m a saver so I could actually do it and survive but I damn sure don’t want to. I have other plans for that money don’t you know. It wasn’t saved so that I could cover my practice financially if I get sick for a month. Hell no. It was saved to invest. So, we are being smart, we are wearing our masks and no….I don’t give one damn what anyone thinks about masks. Honestly. This has been the most disappointing aspect of human observation in recent memory.

The mask debate or debacle. Absolutely a waste of time and energy talking or listening to people on that deal. Anyway, we are wearing our masks. Our patients are wearing their masks. We are still cleaning and having our lobby closed. We are still not allowing visitors in with our patients. We are still using our UV air scrubbers in each room. We are still doing it to keep my most fragile patients safe and confident in us as a clinic, we doing it all to protect the staff, and we’re doing it to protect me as much as possible so we don’t all have to shut down for a month.

Makes perfect sense to me.

We know some things that increase your chances of having a hard time with COVID. Or at least there is some research to back up that low vitamin D puts you at risk. Obesity, underlying conditions like diabetes, low testosterone, smoking, and being of the blood type A. These are just a few things I recall off the top of my head. My question to you is, “What factors under your control are you bolstering or addressing?” I am overweight. I’m naturally a big guy but I’ve gotten a little lazy in the last 5 years. OK…..A LOT lazy.

I started the Couch to 5K program a few weeks ago and am slowly trudging through that. My knees are super pissed at me about it but I’m still doing it. I have addressed any hormone issues I needed to look at. I have gotten on a Vitamin D replacement regimen. I am trying to get more sleep more consistently. I don’t smoke.

Of course, there’s nothing you can do about what type of blood you are but….my point is, what steps are you taking to lower your risk of complications should you wind up with it? I’d love to hear if you’ve changed anything at all or if you’re just like the Russian boxer Drago in Rocky 4…..If he dies, he dies.

Item #1 Let’s get to it. This first one is not sexy. I’m saving the better ones for here in just a minute. Let’s start off nice and simple here with one called “Effects of Two Different Recovery Postures during High-Intensity Interval Training” by Michaelson, et. al(Michaelson J 2019). and published in Translational Journal of the ACSM in February of 2019. Hmmmmmm…..yep… Hot enough. Out of the way.

Why They Did It The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of two different recovery postures, hands on head (HH) and hands on knees (HK), as a form of immediate recovery from high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

How They Did It Twenty female Division II varsity soccer players completed two experimental trials in a randomized, counterbalanced order. Each trial consisted of four intervals on a motorized treadmill consisting of 4 min of running at 90%–95% max heart rate with 3 minutes of passive recovery between each interval. Heart rate recovery was collected during the first 60 seconds of each recovery, where the volume of carbon dioxide and tidal volume were recorded each minute during the 3-min recovery period.

What They Found Results showed an improved heart rate recovery, greater tidal volume, and increased volume of carbon dioxide, with hands on the knees when compared with hands on the head.

Wrap It Up “These data indicate that HK posture may be more beneficial than the advocated HH posture as a form of immediate recovery from high-intensity interval training.”

Before we get to the next paper, I want to tell you a little about this new tool on the market called Drop Release. If you’re into IASTM also known as instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation, then it’s your new best friend. Heck if you’re just into getting more range of motion in your patients, then it’s your new best friend. Drop Release is a revolutionary tool that harnesses the body’s built-in protective systems to make muscles relax quickly and effectively.  This greatly reduces time needed for soft tissue treatment, leaving more time for other treatments per visit, or more patients per day. Its inventor, Dr. Chris Howson, from the great state of North Dakota has is a listener and friend. He offered our listeners a great discount on his product. When you order, if you put in the code ‘HOTSTUFF’ all one word….as in hot stuff….coming up!! If you enter HOTSTUFF in the coupon code area, Dr. Howson will give you $50 off of your purchase. Go check Drop Release at droprelease.com and tell Dr. Howson I sent you.

Item #2 Item 2 is called “Assessment of Physician Prescribing of Muscle Relaxants in the United States, 2005-2016” by Soprano et. al(Soprano S 2020). and published in JAMA Open on June 24, 2020 and that’s damn sure a steaming heaping helping right there.

Why They Did It They wanted to measure national trends in muscle relaxant prescribing over a 12-year period. 2005-2016

How They Did It It was a cross-sectional study It used data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey The study included those with ambulatory care visits with non-federally funded, office-based physicians in the US Included almost 315,000,000 office visits.

What They Found Get this y’all – During the study period, office visits with a prescribed muscle relaxer nearly doubled from 15.5 million in 2005 to 30.7 million in 2016 Although visits for new muscle relaxer prescriptions remained stable, office visits with continued muscle relaxer drug therapy tripled from 8.5 million visits in 2005 to 24.7 million visits in 2016 Older adults accounted for 22.2% of visits with a muscle relaxer prescription. Concomitant use of an opioid was recorded in 67.2% of all visits with a continuing muscle relaxer prescription.

Wrap It Up “This study found that SMR use increased rapidly between 2005 and 2016, which is a concern given the prominent adverse effects and limited long-term efficacy data associated with their use. These findings suggest that approaches are needed to limit the long-term use of SMRs, especially in older adults, similar to approaches to limit the long-term use of opioids and benzodiazepines.” And we wonder how we ended up with an opioid and pill problem. Cheese ’n’ rice people. Godzilla it’s just clear as day but nobody’s listening. Are you inundated with referrals from physicians in 2020? Some of you are. Most of you, the large very vast majority of you are not at all and it’s a shame because we can prevent so much of this garbage.

Item #3 Alright, the last item and my favorite one this week. It’s called “Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance in Active-Duty U.S. Military Personnel with Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Vining et. al(Vining R 2020). published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in July of 2020. Another helping of boiling thought nuggets for you to feast upon.

Why They Did It They wanted to investigate whether chiropractic care influences strength, balance, and/or endurance in the active-duty United States military personnel with low back pain

How They Did It It was a prospective randomized controlled trial using a pragmatic treatment approach Participants were randomly allocated to 4 weeks of chiropractic care or to a wait-list control Chiropractic care consisted of spinal manipulation, education, advice, and reassurance Naval Air Technical Training Center branch clinic at the Naval Hospital Pensacola Florida One hundred ten active-duty military personnel 18-40 years of age with self-reported LBP Outcome measurements included Isometric pulling strength from a semi-squat position was the primary outcome. Secondary outcomes were single-leg balance with eyes open and eyes closed, and trunk muscle endurance using the Biering-Sorensen test. Patient-reported outcomes such as pain severity and disability were also measured. Outcomes were measured at baseline and 4 weeks. Linear mixed-effects regression models over baseline and 4 weeks were used for analysis.

What They Found Participants had a mean age of 30 years, 17% were female, 33% were non-white, and 86% reported chronic LBP. Mean maximum pulling strength in the chiropractic group increased by 5.08 kgs and decreased by 7.43 kgs in the wait-list group, with a statistically significant difference in mean change between groups Statistically significant differences in mean change between groups were also observed in trunk muscle endurance and balance with eyes closed, but not in balance with eyes open Differences in mean change between groups were statistically significant in favor of chiropractic for LBP-related disability, pain intensity and interference, and fear-avoidance behavior.

Wrap It Up “Active-duty military personnel receiving chiropractic care exhibited improved strength and endurance, as well as reduced LBP intensity and disability, compared with a wait-list control.”

Alright, that’s it. Y’all be safe. Keep changing the world and our profession from your little corner of the world. 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. 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.

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Bibliography

Michaelson J, B. L., Suprak D, McLaughlin W, Dahlquist D, (2019). “Effects of Two Different Recovery Postures during High-Intensity Interval Training.” Translational J ACSM 4(4): 23-27.

Soprano S, H. S., Bilker W, (2020). “Assessment of Physician Prescribing of Muscle Relaxants in the United States, 2005-2016.” JAMA Open 3(6).

Vining R, L. C., Minkalis A, Gudavalli MR, Xia T, Walter J, Coulter I, Goertz C, (2020). “Effects of Chiropractic Care on Strength, Balance, and Endurance in Active-Duty U.S. Military Personnel with Low Back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” J Altern Complement Med 26(7): 592-601.