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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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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

  • 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.      

Benzodiazepines and Mirror Therapy

CF 238: Benzodiazepines and Mirror Therapy  In today’s episode, we cover Benzopdiazapines and Mirror Therapy  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 #238 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Chronic Pain and current thinking. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

I usually type up the podcast ideas and outline on a Monday. Well, we were off this Monday for July 4th so I’m short a day this week which means that this personal happenings part of the podcast has to be short so I can make everything happen in this short week.  So here we go. I’m still on the hunt for an associate chiropractor. One who is a go-getter determined to be successful.

One that understands they can go to work for the Joint and get paid more currently. In the now and here. But there will be a cap and they will not be able to exceed that cap. One that understands that there is no cap with me. The more they bring in and grow the clinic and themselves, the more I want to take good care of them. Plain and simple. If that’s you, email me at creekstonecare@gmail.com.

I want to get to know you. 

I am getting ready and looking forward to being in Sarasota with the Florida MCM Mastermind for the weekend of July 22nd. It’s a good time of networking with my fellow mastermind people and helping each other build our businesses. Hell yeah. I thrive in masterminds. Even if I don’t necessarily have the time to implement everything I want to implement. I get inspiration, ideas, and actionable steps I can take almost immediately most of the time.  Lots of little tips and tricks and I learn as much or more from the Mastermind members outside of the classroom at the hotel bar as I learn in the classroom. If you’re interested in joining, send me a message, and let’s get you connected with Dr. Kevin Christie and hopefully get you plugged into the group ASAP. I mean really, we’re meeting in Sarasota on July 22nd and there’s still room for you but in November, we’re meeting a Playa Largo in Key Largo, FL. Everyone’s bringing their family too so you know you don’t want to miss that one. Reach out and let me help you get plugged in.  You have to be grossing $350,000 per year and growth-minded to play so holla.  Let’s get started today. 

Item #1

Our first one today is called “Association between chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and benzodiazepine prescription in patients with radicular low back pain: a retrospective cohort study using real-world data from the USA” by Trager et. al. (Trager RJ 2022) and was published in BMJ Open on June 13, 2022. The sizzle…..it’s hot

Why They Did It

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

How They Did It Retrospective cohort study. National, multicentre 73-million-patient electronic health records-based network (TriNetX) in the USA 2003 – 2021

What They Found

  • Odds of receiving a benzodiazepine prescription were significantly lower in the CSMT cohort over all follow-up windows prematching and postmatching (p<0.0001). 
  • Sensitivity analysis suggested a patient preference to avoid prescription medications did not explain the study findings.

Wrap It Up

  • These findings suggest that receiving CSMT for newly diagnosed rLBP is associated with reduced odds of receiving a benzodiazepine prescription during follow-up. 
  • These results provide real-world evidence of practice guideline-concordance among patients entering this care pathway. 
  • Benzodiazepine prescription for rLBP should be further examined in a randomized trial including patients receiving chiropractic or usual medical care, to reduce residual confounding.

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 life 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 “3D augmented reality mirror visual feedback therapy applied to the treatment of persistent, unilateral upper extremity neuropathic pain: a preliminary study” by Mouraux et. Al. (Dominique Mouraux) and published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2017.

Why They Did It

The authors assessed whether or not pain relief could be achieved with a new system that combines 3D augmented reality system (3DARS) and the principles of mirror visual feedback.

How They Did It

Twenty-two patients between 18 and 75 years of age  All of whom suffered of chronic neuropathic pain.  Each patient performed five 3DARS sessions treatment of 20 mins spread over a period of one week.  The following pain parameters were assessed: 

  1. visual analogic scale after each treatment session 
  2. McGill pain scale and DN4 questionnaire were completed before the first session and 24 h after the last session.

What They Found

  • The mean improvement of VAS per session was 29%. 
  • There was an immediate session effect demonstrating a systematic improvement in pain between the beginning and the end of each session. 
  • They noted that this pain reduction was partially preserved until the next session. 
  • If we compare the pain level at baseline and 24 h after the last session, there was a significant decrease of pain of 37%. 
  • There was a significant decrease on the McGill Pain Questionnaire and DN4 questionnaire.

Wrap It Up

Our results indicate that 3DARS induced a significant pain decrease for patients who presented chronic neuropathic pain in a unilateral upper extremity.  While further research is necessary before definitive conclusions can be drawn, clinicians could implement the approach as a preparatory adjunct for providing temporary pain relief aimed at enhancing chronic pain patients’ tolerance of manual therapy and exercise intervention.

You can decide how well-related this is BUT, with phantom limb pain, in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, they have treated using mirror therapy. 

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

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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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. 

Doctors:  I’ve been telling you about a system that once obtained will help you get more  PI cases.  This system was created by an attorney who exclusively handles accident cases. He got tired of lame approaches by doctors wanting his referrals, so he created this system to teach you how to get the attention and then the love of PI attorneys.  You know these cases are the GOLD of our business.  Very few no-shows, full payment … not health insurance caps or Medicare or Medicaid. Go to: http://www.gettingpicases.com/cs Over 500 doctors nationwide are now using this system…. don’t be left out…  improve your practice, gain free time because of the added income you’ll realize, and appreciate that the attorney, Paul Samakow, is still offering a 100% Money Back Guarantee …  if you give his ideas a fair shake and it doesn’t work, he’ll refund your money…  you have nothing to lose here…

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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. 

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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).    

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Restless Leg Syndrome

CF 226: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Restless Leg Syndrome Today we’re going to talk about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Restless Leg Syndrome 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 ma ke you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.   If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #226 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Pain And COVID & Images Can Mislead. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. As part of our MCM Mastermind call last week, it seems that everyone is starting to get busy once again. Which is refreshing. Omicron is settled down and deductibles are getting met once again.  Patients are coming back. Are we the only business that hasn’t gone up on prices this year? Gas, flights, travel of any kind, food, real estate, inflation…..everything has gone sky high. And I’m sitting here with the exact same pricing I’ve had for the last 5 or more years.  Last week, we talkied about getting hacked on FB. Yeah, it happened to me big time. BIG TIME. Facebook changed to this Meta thingy majig. So, I have created around 22 pages for various reasons. Philanthropy, business, clinic services, etc. Lots of stuff.  You may recall that I’ve been mentioning that I was running a targeted ad campaign. Since we are medically integrated, I started with the hormone pellets. I figured if I could get it to work for pellets, I could repeat the process with every service we offer.  So, I went and found a freelancer that does that. Hired them up and we were off and running. Well, he needed admin permissions on Facebook. I did not think that was a good idea but he’s not the first I’ve worked with and they all need this permission level for some reason. It’s honestly never made sense and I’ve never been comfortable with it.  But, since it’s pretty common, I did it. Well, I woke up last Monday to an email from him telling me to remove him from my Facebook because he’d been hacked. I went to do that but it was too late. I was already listed as an employee and two random names I’ve never seen were listed as the Admins.  So through hacking my paid ad person, they were able to hack my Meta and through hacking my Meta, they were now in control of 22 different pages of mine.  Excuse me for being crude here but that’ll make your butt strings pucker up, people. That’ll make you cuss in Spanish and kick baby bunnies.  Facebook support gave me a little hope. I got going with them, they understood the issue and said I’d hear back from them in 24-48 hrs. That was a Monday. Thursday rolled around and I still hadn’t heard anything from them so I started a new ticket with them. The new ticket dude knocked it out.  I was back in control of everything within about 2 hours. It’s odd; the hackers didn’t change anything on any of the 22 pages I run. They had 3 days minimum to mess everything up but they didn’t for some reason. I don’t know. It’s weird. But thank God they didn’t.  Now we’re back to normal, this Monday wasn’t a freak out butt puckering session and we’re good to go.  So let this be a lesson to you all. When you hire an ad person and they ask for admin permission, politely tell them, I’m sorry but I’ve been advised by my Ol’ Uncle Jeffro not to do that. You can get hacked through the back door like that and it doesn’t feel good. Not good at all.  Before we get to the research, we talked about pricing…..well, I’m guessing you are getting tired of getting paid peanuts for your good work?  Insurance pays maybe half. Medicare and Medicaid even less.  So how about full payment?  This comes with PI cases. How do you get these cases? You learn how the game is played. You learn the system. I recently connected with an attorney, Paul Samakow, a 41-year veteran attorney – he explains in detail what to do, how to do it, and how to have attorneys not only send you their clients, but how to assure they continue to send them over. His system is delivered to you in both written and video form – Samakow is actually pretty funny when you watch, he’s got a great personality – but his content and information are both spot on and serious, and will result in multiple referrals from attorneys if you follow his system. His system costs $997 and he guarantees satisfaction or your money back. Which is really a big deal for me and makes it easy 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 Alright onto the research Item #1 This first one is called, “Effect of Computer-Assisted Cognitive Behavior Therapy vs Usual Care on Depression Among Adults in Primary Care A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Wright et. al. (Wright JH 2022) and published on February 10, 2022. Ah….it’s hot and cozy.  First of all, before we dive in, we know chronic pain can lead to depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, and deeper pain. We also know that it goes the other way as well. Depression leads to deeper, more entrenched chronic pain, inactivity, anxiety and on and on.  That’s why the American College of Physicians has recommended Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a first line treatment for back pain.  On another related note, chiropractors tend to think they can do everyhting. Y’all……CBT isn’t one of them. You can’t Google it and figure it out. It’s not in our scope. You have to find a specialist and refer it out. When you’re wondering if you can take care of it yourself……just don’t Why They Did It To evaluate whether computer-assisted CBT is more effective than treatment as usual (TAU) in primary care patients with depression and to examine the feasibility and implementation of it in a primary care population with substantial numbers of patients with low income, limited internet access, and low levels of educational attainment. How They Did It
  • Randomized clinical trial 
  • included adult primary care patients from clinical practices at the University of Louisville who scored 
  • They were randomly assigned to computer-assisted CBT or treatment as usual for 12 weeks of active treatment. 
  • Follow-up assessments were conducted 3 and 6 months after treatment completion. 
  • The last follow-up assessment was conducted on January 30, 2020. 
  • The primary outcome measures were administered at baseline, 12 weeks, and 3 and 6 months after treatment completion.
What They Found
  • An intent-to-treat analysis found that computer-assisted CBT led to significantly greater improvement in outcome scores -cores than treatment as usual at posttreatment and 3 month and 6 month follow-up points. 
  • Posttreatment response and remission rates were also significantly higher for computer-assisted CBT than treatment as usual
Wrap It Up computer-assisted CBT was found to have significantly greater effects on depressive symptoms than treatment as usual in primary care patients with depression. Because the study population included people with lower income and lack of internet access who typically have been underrepresented or not included in earlier investigations of computer-assisted CBT, results suggest that this form of treatment can be acceptable and useful in diverse primary care settings.  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 Our second one today is called “Current Evidence on Diagnostic Criteria, Relevant Outcome Measures, and Efficacy of Nonpharmacologic Therapy in the Management of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS): A Scoping Review” by Guay et. al. (Guay A 2020) and pulblished in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.  Why They Did It To outline the current evidence regarding the management of restless legs syndrome (RLS) with nonpharmacologic approaches.  How They Did It
  • Scoping review
  • The authors extracted data from the 24 admissible studies, that is, the ones about manual therapy, exercises, and alternative treatments for RLS
  • The Physiotherapy Evidence Database scale was used to rate the methodological quality of the included randomized controlled trials by 2 independent readers.
What They Found
  • In the 24 articles fulfilling the selection criteria, there was a consistent trend in the findings showing positive results in lowering RLS symptom severity. 
  • The efficacy of exercise, yoga, massage, acupuncture, traction straight leg raise, cryotherapy, pneumatic compression devices, whole-body vibration, transcranial and transcutaneous stimulation, and near-infrared lights showed different effects on RLS symptom severity, and the level of evidence was evaluated.
Wrap It Up Our results showed clinically significant effects for exercises, acupuncture, pneumatic compression devices, and near-infrared light. Short-lasting effects were identified with whole-body cryotherapy, repetitive transcranial stimulation, and transcutaneous stimulation. More studies are necessary to investigate efficacy of yoga, massage, traction straight leg raise, and whole-body vibration. No adverse effects were identified for moderate-intensity exercise, yoga, massage, and pneumatic compression devices. If I remember correctly, we did another episode that covered RLS and melatonin was a supplent that showed effectiveness. Google it and see if I’m right.  Alright….gotta go! Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.       

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

CF 223: Kids’ Mental Status & Zero Calorie Drinks Today we’re going to talk about the children, how are they doing lately? And then we’ll talk about whether low or no calorie beverages have any real use for us.  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 #223 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Forward Head Posture And Spinal Manipulative Therapy Effectiveness. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Let’s talk about marketing. I always share what I’m doing and how it’s working with you folks and while business is coming back, that’s just the natural flow. We expect to start getting busy again in March. I’m looking for marketing that moves the needle.  I’ve tried social media marketing campaigns that cost me in excess of $4500. For basically nothing. I might as well stuffed that money into my ears and lit it on fire and did a rain dance. It was useless.  Here’s something to know about me……I can be talked into just about anything.

I believe people and always look for the best in them. Or at least try to. So, yeah….I can either be talked into anything or, as is often the case, talk MYSELF into anything.  Here’s my life; I create all of our social media posts. I write my own blog every week. I record my own video and edit it every week for YouTube and Facebook. That’s in between 40+ patients a day and 20+ new patients per week and writing and recording a podcast, real estate, voice-over, and anything else in there including being a husband and a dad.  It’s time for some help and hopefully some effective help. 

I told you how I started with a new idea of lead magnets a few weeks ago. Not a lot happening there. As expected. I hoped…..but feared not much would come of it outside of an absence of my money. So far, it’s an absence of my money but I’m stubborn and not giving up just yet.  This lead magnet is for our testosterone hormone pellets. My thinking is that if it works for the pellets, then we will expand the concept and keep trucking with different products and services for the lead magnets. Still testing there and will update as needed.  I’m also starting with a new crew from England on social media marketing. I got the welcome packet today. My thinking is that my consultation payments for this medical integration are finished this month.

So that frees up some funds to put toward something else and there are not many things more important than marketing. So, I’m getting going with another group today to test them out and see how we can grow my stuff.  If it’s awesome, maybe I can make them a sponsor of the show and share them with you too. We’ll see.  A little tip from you Ol Uncle Jeffro, if you didn’t do it in January, do it now. Sit down with your key employee and go from month to month to plan out what you’re going to do for marketing.

What key events do you need to have a presence at, etc. Do you want to do a Mother’s Day promotion? What about a July 4th cookout at the office? That type of deal. When it’s planned, you don’t forget about it and it doesn’t sneak up on you.  Since I’m trying to delegate marketing more and more to my staff, I have the global marketing sheet but I also have started a weekly focus sheet.

So my marketing focus this week is to stress ‘no wait times for our NP, social media posts for the whole week, 2x/day, 1-2 videos for the week.  We’ll see, I think I have swimmers and not sinkers so we’ll see.  Continuing in the debacle of trying to find a front desk staffer, we have run into yet another snafu. This time we found a good one. Or so we thought. She worked with us for almost 2 full weeks. Then came St. Patty’s day. She ended up in a ditch running from the police and driving drunk at 2:00 am. She missed work the next day. Not because of a hangover but because she was in jail.  A little more research told us that she didn’t have custody of her kiddo because of 2 previous DWIs and this was her 3rd. So…..while you don’t want to be the one to compound someone’s suffering and misery, we had to cut ties. 

  1. If she lost custody of her kid because of drinking and still didn’t get the message, it’s going to be a long road
  2. If we’re missing work in the first 10 days because of jail, that’s just a bad omen of things to come
  3. If this is her 3rd DWI, she’s going to do jail time and we need an employee that is here and dependable. 
  4. If she miraculously doesn’t do jail time, she’ll be doing rehab, counseling, community services, court dates, and all that good stuff. And all of that equals time out of work. 

There are more reasons but that’s enough. We had to move on. I’ve always shied away from hiring friends because I just see that always going bad and it causing an awkward problem down the road. However, we started having one of our buddies come up to the office on a part-time basis to help us out on some overflow work and Holy guacamole….she’s insane good at the front desk stuff.  So….maybe we have a new front desk person after all. The saga continues and I’ll keep you updated. Stay tuned.  Alright to the research we go!

Item #1

This one is called “Five-Year Trends in US Children’s Health and Well-being, 2016-2020” by Lebrun-Harris et. al. (Lebrun-Harris LA 2022) and published in Jama Pediatrics on March 14, 2022. Holy fires of hell, it’s en Fuego!

Why They Did It

The authors say they aimed to examine recent trends in children’s health-related measures, including significant changes between 2019 and 2020 that might be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How They Did It

  • 174,551 children included in the study
  • Annual data were examined from the National Survey of Children’s Health (2016-2020), 
  • It was a population-based, nationally representative survey of randomly selected children. 

What They Found

  • Increased Anxiety
  • Increased depression
  • Decreases in daily physical activity
  • Decreases in parent or caregiver mental health
  • Decreases in coping with parenting demands

From 2019-2020 – the pandemic

  1. Increases in behavior or conduct problems
  2. Child care disruptions affecting parental employment
  3. Decreases in preventive healthcare visits
  4. increases in unmet health care needs, and 
  5. increases in the proportion of young children whose parents quit, declined, or changed jobs because of childcare problems.

Wrap It Up

Study findings point to several areas of concern that can inform future research, clinical care, policy decision-making, and programmatic investments to improve the health and well-being of children and their families. People have gone crazy. They were politically crazy and hating on each other prior to the pandemic. So let’s be honest here, shall we? But the pandemic deepened it and while technology is amazing and useful, social media has, in my opinion, destroyed the fabric of our society. Of love and understanding. Of mutual respect.  It’s allowed people to mouth off and insult each other from a distance saying things and in behaving in a manner that they would never behave like if the person they’re disrespecting were standing directly in front of them.  Anyway, kids are resilient but they’ve been affected too. Our world has gotten more stressful and it’s showing. 

Item #2

This second one is called, “Association of Low- and No-Calorie Sweetened Beverages as a Replacement for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages With Body Weight and Cardiometabolic Risk: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” by McGlynn et. al. and published in JAMA Network Open on March 14, 2022. Schiza – Steamy

Why They Did It

There are concerns that low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages do not have established benefits, with major dietary guidelines recommending the use of water and not low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages to replace sugar-sweetened beverages. Whether low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages as a substitute can yield similar improvements in cardiometabolic risk factors vs water in their intended substitution for sugar-sweetened drinks is unclear. To assess the association of low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages with body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors in adults with and without diabetes.

How They Did It

  • Data were extracted and risk of bias was assessed by 2 independent reviewers
  • The primary outcome was body weight. Secondary outcomes were other measures of adiposity, glycemic control, blood lipids, blood pressure, measures of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and uric acid.
  • A total of 17 RCTs with 24 trial comparisons were included, involving 1733 adults

What They Found

I’m not going to tell you. Because it gets very technical and in the weeds as they say. You’ll start wandering off into the ether and thinking about things like….is there another word for Thesaurus? And if you were to choke a Smurf…..what color would they turn?

Wrap It Up

This systematic review and meta-analysis found that using low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages as an intended substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with small improvements in body weight and cardiometabolic risk factors without evidence of harm and had a similar direction of benefit as water substitution.  The evidence supports the use of low- and no-calorie sweetened beverages as an alternative replacement strategy over the moderate term in adults with overweight or obesity who are at risk for or have diabetes.

This is amazing because I’ve been off of sodas for a decade but recently discovered a new love for Coke Zero. My wife has been all over me about drinking them and now I can show her research that says maybe they’re not as bad as she thinks.  And at the end of the day, I take some satisfaction in being right. : ) 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!

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