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The Stroke Issue – New Information

CF 261: The Stroke Issue – New Information   Today we’re going to talk about the age-old issue chiropractors continue to be burdened by. The weird myth that our adjustments cause strokes. We have some newer info I’m going to share with you on it in this week’s episode.    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.  •      
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  • 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 261  

Now if you missed last week’s episode, we had our 5th year roundup and got ready for our 6th Season!! Hard to believe honestly. I continue to be blessed by you all.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.   

On the personal end of things…..

You probably remember me talking about Darcy Sullivan and Propel and the work they’re doing on my website. If you don’t recall or haven’t listened lately, I’m usually so busy with patients that I can’t see straight but, ever since September, I’ve been slow as hell. There are lots of factors I’m sure, but I believe website SEO and my Google ranking plays a part in it. So, I decided to act. Darcy and Propel was my first call.    They’re still in the building it out mode so no big results yet. It’s a six-month process and I’m literally only about 2 weeks into it so there’s not supposed to be a bit wow yet.   

But I did like that they had me on an intro Zoom where Darcy talked with me and we went over my site, metrics, where I could make improvements, where they could help. She gave me several options on what they could do to help. Options like they could do a little bit and teach me to do the rest all of the way up to they could do all of it for me.    If you know me, I don’t have time to learn current SEO, so I went all in. Do it all for me please and I’m happy to pay for it. Then, after I was all signed up, we had another Zoom where Darcy went over every single thing we wanted to work on and what that would look like. It really helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel and gave Propel good info on where we needed to go and how to get there.   

Now, they are making it happen. So, let’s sit back and see what happens. I’ll keep you updated.   

After the last mastermind meeting in November in the gorgeous Florida Keys, I decided that I needed to delegate more of my day. So, I started considering how I spend the majority of my day and what parts of that work can be farmed out to more virtual assistants.   

As a result, lots of the content I produce will be farmed out a little bit. I’m still in the middle of it all as oversight but my weekly blog in particular…..I’m going to farm out the meat of the content to a writer, then come in, make my edits, add anything I feel is important that was missed, make it mine, and then get it posted.    What do you spend the majority of your days and weeks doing outside of patient care? What duties can you identify that can be farmed out reasonably so that you free up your time and your brain?   Work on it and consider it.     

Item #1  

The first one today is called “Association between cervical artery dissection and spinal manipulative therapy” by Whedon, J.M., Petersen, C.L., Li, Z. et al. (Whedon 2022) and published in Journal of BMC Geriatrics on November 29, 2022. Dayum. That’s hot.    

Why They Did It   ·     

Cervical artery dissection (CAD) is a potentially serious condition that occurs when weakening and disruption of the arterial lining allow blood to get in between and separate the layers of the arterial wall.    ·     

Patients with CAD often present with neck pain or headache, may be asymptomatic or present as a stroke in progress. The blood that accumulates within the arterial wall can occlude the artery or cause a blood clot that in turn can be dislodged, leading to an ischemic stroke.   ·     They had to figure out what the associations or dangers might be. Even thought it’s already been done a ton of times. But that’s OK. A pile of research in your favor is better than just a couple of papers. So let’s do it!      

How They Did It   ·     

  • They evaluated the association between cervical spinal manipulation and CAD among older Medicare beneficiaries in the United States.  ·      It was a case-control and case-crossover design  ·     
  • It was an analysis of claims data for individuals aged 65+, continuously enrolled in Medicare Part A (covering hospitalizations) and Part B (covering outpatient encounters) for at least two consecutive years during 2007–2015. ·     
  • They created a 3-level categorical variable, (1) any cervical spinal manipulation, 2) evaluation and management but no cervical spinal manipulation and (3) neither cervical spinal manipulation nor evaluation and management.  

What They Found   ·     

The primary outcomes were occurrence of cervical artery dissection, either (1) vertebral artery dissection or (2) carotid artery dissection.  ·      The cases had a new primary diagnosis on at least one inpatient hospital claim or primary/secondary diagnosis for outpatient claims on at least two separate days. ·     

The odds of cervical spinal manipulation versus evaluation and management did not significantly differ between vertebral artery dissection cases and any of the control groups at any of the timepoints.  ·     

Results for carotid artery dissection cases were similar

Wrap It Up

Among Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older who received cervical spine manipulation, the association with cervical artery dissection is no greater than that among the control groups, and cervical spinal manipulation does not appear to be a significant risk factor for cervical artery dissection in this population group. If you want a complete breakdown, and shut your pie holes once and for all, summary of the research and related topice, including risk vs. benifts analysis, go to my blog at chiropracticforward.com, click on the blog link, and read the blog called Debunked: the Odd Myth That Chiropractors Cause Strokes.

You’ll have everything you need to debunk the junk. 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  

Our last one this week is called, “Oral Contraceptives and Ischemic Stroke Risk” by Caitlin Carlton, Matthew Banks and Sophia Sundararajan (Carlton C 2018) and published in ahajournals on March 16, 2018.  

Why They Did It   ·     

They wanted to know if there is a link in increased ischemic stroke when using oral contraceptives containing high-dose estrogens. Several meta-analyses of case–control and cohort studies attempt to clarify the relationship between modern low-dose combination estrogen–progestin oral contraceptives and stroke.   ·     

Data linking oral contraceptives to stroke is mixed, but most physicians err on the side of caution and discontinue oral contraceptives. They decided to focus on the potential role of oral contraceptives in stroke and the management of patients with stroke who use oral contraceptives.  

How They Did It   ·     

They looked at the first meta-analysis addressing ischemic stroke risk in high-dose estrogen-containing oral contraceptives users evaluated 16 studies from 1960 to 1999 and found an increased relative risk of stroke of 2.75 across estrogen dose, blood pressure, smoking status, and age.   ·      They also looked at the meta-analysis including studies from 1980 to 2002 evaluated only low-dose combination oral contraceptives and found a lower odds ratio of 2.12 for ischemic stroke. 

More recently, a study from 1995 to 2009 failed to find any increased relative risk for low-dose ethinyl estradiol formulations, estrogen-containing hormonal contraceptive patches, or vaginal rings.    

What They Found   ·     

  • Combination oral contraceptives have a lower risk of stroke than earlier formulations containing high-dose estrogens. Stroke risk in oral contraceptives users is impacted by several confounding issues, including oral contraceptives formulation, age, hypertension, smoking, and the presence of migraine with aura.  ·     
  • It is important to consider the constellation of stroke risk factors in concert with oral contraceptives formulation to determine individual stroke risk and the best contraceptive to reduce that risk in an individual woman.     
  • Wrap It Up   ·     
  • Modern combined oral contraceptive pills have a lower dose of estrogens and less risk of stroke than older contraceptive formulations   ·     
  • The risk of ischemic stroke in patients using combined oral contraceptives is increased in patients with additional stroke risk factors, including smoking, hypertension, and migraine with aura.   ·     
  • The risk of ischemic stroke because of combined oral contraceptive pills is less than the risk associated with pregnancy.    

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

  1. Carlton C, B. M., Sundarararajan S, (2018). “Oral Contraceptives and Ischemic Stroke Risk.” Stroke 49(4).  
  2. Whedon, J. M., Petersen, C.L., Li, Z, (2022). “Association between cervical artery dissection and spinal manipulative therapy –a medicare claims analysis.” BMC Geriatr 22(917).    

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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Chiropractic For Medicare Patients & Avoiding Vertebral Artery Stress During Adjustments

CF 234: Chiropractic For Medicare Patients & Avoiding Vertebral Artery Stress During Adjustments Today we’re going to talk about Chiropractic saving Medicare patients money and adverse events and a better position for preventing strokes when adjusting the neck.  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 #234 Now, if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about SMT and Geriatrics & Lower Costs – Back To Work Faster With Chiropractic. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Well I just had a weekend of weekends folks. Yes indeedy. My wife got a bug in her butt. Not literally. That may just be a Southern phrase. Annyway, she knows I’ve been a Beatles fan my whole life. I don’t love everything the Beatles ever did. Some of it was way too far out for me to care about. But….some of what the Beatles did is among the best of the best all time. Legendary.  If you’re a Beatles fan, you probably have a favorite and mine was and remains Paul McCartney.

What a life. What a career.

That dude has seen and done everything he ever wanted to do and is worth around $1.2 billion dollars from the music he has given us.  Well, he’s 79 and my wife figured we better go see Paul while we can and he happens to be on a bit of a mini-American tour. So, behind my back, secretly, she set the whole thing up and hid it from me until the last minute. We flew to Syracuse, New York on a Friday morning. We got there at about 2:00 PM and hopped in a rental car and drove another 2 and a half hours to Buffalo, NY to see Niagara Falls. My wife had never seen it before and it was awesome as always.

Then had an amazing meal at the culinary institute there called Savor and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.  Then back to Syracuse to sleep.  That Saturday morning, we got up and drove down to Canandaigua, NY which is part of the Finger Lakes region if you’ve never been. It’s called the Bed And Breakfast Capital of America. It’s on the lake and it’s just a gorgeous little town and region. Lots of agriculture and rolling farmland and trees there in upstate New York.  Very Norman Rockwell picturesque overall. It was nice just soaking it all in.  We got back from Canandaigua and went to see Sir Paul McCartney at The Dome on the Syracuse campus. I was wondering why on Earth McCartney would play in Syracuse. Until I saw this place. Holy smokes! The Dome holds about 50,000 people!! It’s huge! And it was sold out. 

At 79, the dude still puts on a hell of a show. I think he played for about two and a half hours. He played bass, ukelele, piano, and guitar and sang maybe not quite as good as he used to but still very good and it was just an amazing show. A bucket list thing for me and y’all can all rest well in the knowledge that my wife is indeed cooler than yours.  Now, this weekend, it’s on to Dallas for the Texas Chiropractic Association’s ChiroTexpo state convention where I’ll be presenting a 2-hour course on Chronic Pain And The Upregulated Central Nervous System. I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones as well.  I’m still searching for an associate to come and work here in my clinic with me. We’ll start with a base salary around roughly $60,000 with the roof set as high as the associate wants it to be.

Meaning, I’d love to pay them $150k if they’re hitting the metrics that can get them there. I’m not greedy. Help us grow the cliniic and I’m happy to grow your finances. It’s a win/win.  So, while the base may not be what The Joint offers, there’s a ceiling with The Joint. Not here.

Plus mentoring, benefits, and all of that good stuff.  If you’re the right kind of associate, contact me at creekstonecare@gmail.com. Let’s get to know each other.  Now, I’ve recently 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 the typical approaches by doctors wanting his referrals, so he created this system to teach them and you how to get the attention and then the love from the PI attorneys.   You know these cases are the GOLD of our business.  Very few no-shows, full payment … no 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… Go to:  http://www.gettingpicases.com/cs

Item #1

This week’s first one is called, “Initial Choice of Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain Leads to Reduced Long-term Risk of Adverse Drug Events Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries” by Whedon et. al. (Whedon JM 2021) in December of 2021 and it’s hot because I say it is!

Why They Did It

Opioid Analgesic Therapy (OAT) and Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) are evidence-based strategies for treatment of chronic low back pain (cLBP), but the long-term safety of these therapies is uncertain.  The objective of this study was to compare opioids versus SMT with regard to risk of adverse drug events (ADEs) among older adults with chronic LBP.

How They Did It

The authors examined Medicare claims spanning a 5-year period on fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 to 84 years, continuously enrolled under Medicare for a 60-month study period, and with an episode of cLBP in 2013.  They excluded patients with a diagnosis of cancer or use of hospice care. All included patients received long-term management of cLBP with SMT or opioids. 

What They Found

With controlling for patient characteristics, health status, and propensity score, the adjusted rate of adverse events was more than 42 times higher for initial choice of opioids versus initial choice of SMT

Wrap It Up

Among older Medicare beneficiaries who received long-term care for chronic LBP the adjusted rate of adverse events for patients who initially chose opioids was substantially higher than those who initially chose SMT. 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

This second one is one of the most important ones in recent evidence-based chiropractic podcast history. It’s called “Kinematics of the head and associated vertebral artery length changes during high-velocity, low-amplitude cervical spine manipulation” by Gorrell et. al. (Gorrell 2022) and published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies in June of 2022 holy Mackrell, that sauce can’t get any hotter!

Why They Did It

Despite cervical adjustment’s demonstrated efficacy, concerns regarding the potential of stretch damage to vertebral arteries (VA) during cervical adjustmets remain.  The purpose of this study was to quantify the angular displacements of the head relative to the sternum and the associated vertebral artery length changes during the thrust phase of the move.

How They Did It

  • Rotation and lateral flexion procedures were delivered bilaterally from C1 to C7 to three male cadaveric donors 
  • For each move the force–time profile was recorded using a thin, flexible pressure pad to determine the timing of the thrust. 
  • Three dimensional displacements of the head relative to the sternum were recorded using an eight-camera motion analysis system and angular displacements of the head relative to the sternum were computed in Matlab. 
  • Length changes of the VA were recorded using eight piezoelectric ultrasound crystals inserted along the entire vessel.

What They Found

  • Irrespective of the type of CSM, the side or level of CSM application, angular displacements of the head and associated VA length changes during the thrust phase of CSM were small. 
  • VA length changes during the thrust phase were largest with ipsilateral rotation CSM

Wrap It Up

  • Mean head angular displacements and VA length changes were small during thrusts. 
  • Of the four different positions measured, mean VA length changes were largest during rotation procedures. 
  • This suggests that if clinicians wish to limit VA length changes during the thrust phase, consideration should be given to the type of position used.

I said this is one of the most important papers because, if we can figure out how to reduce our risk, why on Earth wouldn’t we?

We are beat up the most by medical professionals about this idea that we go around stroking people out. Of course, as a rule, we do not but it does happen that we see patients and they later have strokes. Cassidy et. al. proved this but also showed it wasn’t due to cervical adjustments.

It was due to the patient having neck pain due to a vad already in progress.  So, two things;  1. We need to get better at recognizing risky patients and risky situations. Symptoms that could signal that the patient could be having a VAD in progress when they present to our clinic.  2. If we know that rotation is riskier that a regular cervical break/extension lateral flexion position, why wouldn’t we use a cervical break as our preferred method rather than rotation?

First, do no harm. Second – make the patient better.  Always.  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

Gorrell, L. M., Kuntze, G., Ronsky, J.L, (2022). “Kinematics of the head and associated vertebral artery length changes during high-velocity, low-amplitude cervical spine manipulation.” Chiropr Man Therap 30(28).  

Whedon JM, K. A., Toler AW, Bezdjian S, Rossi D, Uptmor S, MacKenzie TA, Lurie JD, Hurwitz EL, Coulter I, Haldeman S, (2021). “Initial Choice of Spinal Manipulation Reduces Escalation of Care for Chronic Low Back Pain among Older Medicare Beneficiaries.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976).  

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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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 #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. 

 

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

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.