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Easy, Cheap Way To Fix Cervical Curvature & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain

CF Ep. 213: Easy, Cheap Way To Fix Cervical Curvature & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain Today we’re going to talk about Easy, Cheap Way To Fix Cervical Curvature & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music    

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

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into  sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • 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 #213 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Intermittent Fasting & Dementia And Your Level Of Activity. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Alright, no…it’s not just you….I’m a little slower than normal right now. For most of us, that’s the nature of the beast. We just slow down in January because most of us take insurance and most of those plans re-set in January. People haven’t met their deductibles. They don’t like to spend their own money.  And that’s OK. Speaking from 24 years of experience, it’s normal and you’ll start seeing it pick back up around mid to late February. Definitely by March.  Like I sadi last week, this is the time that we start playing catch up and taking care of all of the stuff that’s been sitting on the back burner.  So start dusting off that stack on your desk and working through it while you have the time.    I want to be honest. Which I always am. I think I’m in a mid-life crisis. I’m tired of replacing employees. Re-hiring, etc. I’m tired of the same old questions we get from patients. I’m tired of dealing with the day-to-day stuff I’ve dealt with. Some of you will love what you’re doing so much that you’ll want to die in your office at 84 years old working on someone. 

And wouldn’t that be an awful experience for the patient? Just as a side thought. Lol. 

Anyway, that’s not me. When I’m answering the question about why someone’s neck is hurting for the umpteenth time, the call for more freedom of time gets stronger.  And stronger and stronger.  That’s the reason that over the last few years I have started cultivating the side gigs. The exit strategy. Looky here; I write and perform music, I paint, I draw, I play the guitar, I build furniture, I sculpt, I throw the discus and want to compete in old man track meets, and I love spending time with my family and traveling.  So…how the hell do you do all of that while you’re in a clinic all day every day your entire life? The answer is….you don’t. You don’t do the things that feed your soul. You either don’t do them at all, or you don’t do them very often.

Until you’re 65 or so for most people. Well, I don’t plan on being most, folks. So, how do you own the practice instead of the practice owning you? Great question. I don’t know but here are some of the avenues I’m using to try to walk the path. 

  • Specialization and Board Certification
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate chiropractor – If you’re interested in working for me, email me folks. [email protected] I’m looking. 
  • Real Estate Investing
  • Voice Over
  • Authorship
  • Speaking and Mentoring

In fact, I have a big presentation coming up at the Texas Chiropractic Association’s MidWinter Conference in Lubbock, TX on February 18th. It’s called Chronic Pain And The Upregulated Central Nervous System. I’m in the process of building that talk as we speak.  If that sounds like something your group or association could use, email me at [email protected] and let’s connect.

I’d love to come present for you and your peeps. 

So, anyway, I do all kinds of things. But those are the biggies.  Get your exit number in place. Even if you’re brand new. You gotta have your loans paid. You gotta have your retirement finances in the process. You gotta have investments working. Once that’s handled, what is the exit number that would make you secure to make your exit.  Or to make a Hybrid Exit. What’s that exactly? A Hybrid Exit would look different for different folks. For one person that might mean treating patients 2 days per week. For others, it might mean strictly being the owner but exiting patient treatment completely. It could mean a million things but, at the price point some of us make per year, it can be difficult to build enough side gig to replace that income.  For me, just looking at the numbers and potential, while keeping risk mitigation in mind, real estate seems the quickest way when you combine that with the clinic integration and hiring an associate chiro. Combining these three may get me there.  Then you throw in this voice-over blessing that I started last year…..wow. That was out of nowhere, was a complete surprise, and an amazing blessing. Voice over, by itself, has more than funded the down payment and the furnishing of our very first short-term rental house and investment I’ve been mentioning more and more recently. 

Let’s be honest though, you don’t have to be in voice-over to invest. You just have to keep the overhead down and save up enough for a downpayment. The rest will take care of itself. And the earlier you start, the faster you get there. I’m 49 and wish I’d had this mentality at 29. Damnit. 

But it’s never too late to start taking better care of your future, your physical health, and your mental health. That’s where I’m at.  I’ll keep updating you. 

Item #1

This first one is called “The Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Pain and Disability in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial” by Cholewicki et. al. (Cholewicki J 2021) and published in PM&R on October 31, 2021.

Aye chiwawa!

Why They Did It

Neck pain (NP) affects as much as 70% of individuals at some point in their lives. Systematic reviews indicate that manual treatments can be moderately effective in the management of chronic, nonspecific NP. However, there is a paucity of studies specifically evaluating the efficacy of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). The authors wanted to evaluate the efficacy of OMT in reducing pain and disability in patients with chronic NP. And I’m glad they are because they’re right, there is a paucity of research on neck pain. Low back gets all the attention while neck pain…..treating neck pain is the main thing we chiros get beat up over. So why the hell not knock out a ton of high-level research on chiro, manipulation, and neck pain while continuing to highlight the low risk of adverse effects for its treatment? Can we finally get past this chiropractors cause strokes issue? Is there increased risk? Sure. But that doesn’t mean we go arounnd causing them. There are bad patients that shouldn’t be worked on and there are bad chiros that are far too rouugh. But for the most part, its not dangerous whatsoever.  Take the UFC for example

How They Did It

  • Single-blinded, cross-over, randomized controlled trial.
  • University-based, osteopathic manipulative medicine outpatient clinic.
  • 97 participants, 21-65 years old, with chronic, nonspecific NP
  • Participants were randomized to two trial arms: immediate OMT intervention or waiting period first. 
  • The intervention consisted of 3-4 OMT sessions over 4-6 weeks, after which the participants switched groups.
  • Primary outcome measures were pain intensity (average and current) on the numerical rating scale and Neck Disability Index.
  • 38 and 37 participants were available for the analysis in the OMT and waiting period groups, respectively

What They Found

  • The results showed significantly better primary outcomes in the immediate OMT group for reductions in average pain, current pain, disability, and improved secondary outcomes related to sleep, fatigue, and depression. 
  • No study-related serious adverse events were reported.

Wrap It Up

OMT is relatively safe and effective in reducing pain and disability along with improving sleep, fatigue, and depression in patients with chronic NP immediately following treatment delivered over approximately 4-6 weeks. One big thing here, this improvement was seen with 3-4 visits over 4-6 weeks. Shouldn’t that have been standardized and consistent from patient to patient? Like 4 visits over 6 weeks for example. Not a range. Next thing, this is about chronic pain. Is 3-4 visits over 4-6 weeks really enough to start addressing the issue of chronic pain? To introduce proprioception, movement, function, and all that good stuff?? No is the answer but, they still showed improvement. I’d love to see the outcomes in a design like this with a more robust and appropriate treatment schedule or frequency. 

Item #2 Thsi one is called “You don’t need expensive CBP BS protocols with biased research done by the stakeholders to entice the 9 out of 10 patients that naturally have a decreased cervical curvature into a 70 visit $5,000 treatment plan to fix a lack of cervical curve that a 20 year research project proved is no big deal anyway.  Oh wait….sorry….check that. The actual title is “Efficacy of Modified Cervical and Shoulder Retraction Exercise in Patients With Loss of Cervical Lordosis and Neck Pain” by Lee et. al. (Lee 2020) and published in Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine on May 29 2020 and it’s hot enough! Sorry for the mistake. I’ll try to pay more attention to the research paper titles. I’m undiagnosed ADD like that. I take the eye off the ball every here and there. I’ll try to tighten that up a bit. 

Anyway

Why They Did It

  • This research was done by medical doctors so there is no chiropractic bias to this lack of curvature research information. 
  • The authors say they wanted to explore if the modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program restores cervical lordosis and reduces neck pain in patients with loss of cervical lordosis.

How They Did It

  • This study was a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. 
  • Eighty-three patients with loss of cervical lordosis were eligible. 
  • The eligible patients were trained to perform the modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program by a physiatrist, and were scheduled for a follow-up 6 to 8 weeks later to check the post-exercise pain intensity and lateral radiograph of the cervical spine in a comfortable position. 
  • The parameters of cervical alignment (4-line Cobb’s angle, posterior tangent method, and sagittal vertical axis) were measured from the lateral radiograph.
  • Forty-seven patients were included.
  • The mean age was 48.29±14.47 years

What They Found

  • Cervical alignment and neck pain significantly improved after undergoing the modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program. 
  • The upper cervical lordotic angle also significantly improved. 
  • In a subgroup analysis, which involved dividing the patients into two age groups (<50 years and ≥50 years), the change of the sagittal vertical axis was significantly greater in the <50 years group

Wrap It Up

The modified cervical and shoulder retraction exercise program tends to improve cervical lordosis and neck pain in patients with loss of cervical lordosis. So……if we’re evidence-based and patient-centered, we are not taking advantage of others. We don’t see patients as sales targets. We aren’t seeing them as targets to close on. We aren’t seeing them with dollar signs in our eyes.  Rather, we are seeing them as human beings that are in our clinic to place full faith, trust, body, mind, physical well-being, and their entire futures in our hands.

If we are honoring this idea and honoring our patients, we are teaching them about this, we are teaching them about moving, we are teaching them how to self-manage at home, and we are doing what we can within a responsible and appropriate 2-4 treatment plan….give or take.  You know…..being a doctor and doing doctor stuff instead of doing street corner huckster stuff like I see so many fellow chiropractors doing.  It’s sad. We don’t have to put up with it in our profession. We just have to stop ignoring it and start calling it out and not putting up with it. We can run this behavior out of our profession. If we choose to. 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

Cholewicki J, P. J., Reeves NP, DeStefano L, (2021). “The Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Pain and Disability in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Single-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial.”

PM R.   Lee, M., Jeon H, Choi J, Park Y, (2020). “Efficacy of Modified Cervical and Shoulder Retraction Exercise in Patients With Loss of Cervical Lordosis and Neck Pain.” ARM 44: 3.  

Intermittent Fasting & Dementia And Your Level Of Activity

CF 212: Intermittent Fasting & Dementia And Your Level Of Activity

Today we’re going to talk about Intermittent Fasting & Dementia And Your Level Of Activity 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 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 
  • The 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 #212 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Chiropractic And Colicky Babies & Breathing With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. Things slow down in January for most of us. That’s a time to set some goals, a time to get your taxes prepped for your CPA, and a time to reflect on the year we just wrapped up and where we can leverage our experience to springboard beyond next year.  You never can tell with some offices. But for me, January through the end of February is traditionally slower than the rest of the year. We usually see a slow down again around back-to-school time in late August. Other than those times of the year, it’s typically nonstop busy busy.  So, while it’s slow, we use that to our advantage. Have you lined up your marketing plan for the next year? Have you started gathering your tax info for your accountant? It’s probably a decent time to do a recall effort. Have your staff contact patients you haven’t seen in forever and ask them how their holidays went and make sure they’re doing good. Just a check-in type of thing.  You’d be amazed at how many people just like to know they weren’t forgotten and how a checkin from our office can spur them to go ahead and come on back in because their back has been nagging lately or those headaches have started creeping back in later.  Employees. If you’ve followed along, we just recently replaced the front desk staffer. Now, just this morning we got a 2-week notice for one of our best back-office staff members. Ugh, right?? So, now it’s off I go to find a replacement there. You always hate losing one of your best. The job she’s going to pays $1.50 more per hour and offers a 401k. Well, she was due next month for a yearly raise and we’ve offered 401ks in the past but no employees ever took us up on the offer. But, she never asked and I’m never going to beg someone to stay. That’s not in my DNA. But if employees would talk to us before jumping ship, there may be something we can do to hold on to the best of them.  But it is what it is. Now, we have a staffer trying to take vacation days she doesn’t have and it’s just blah around here so here we go. I’m just going to get into this episode and forget all my woes.  Item #1 The first one today is called “Intermittent Fasting and Obesity-Related Health Outcomes An Umbrella Review of Meta-analyses of Randomized Clinical Trials” by Patikorn et. al. (Patikorn C 2021) and published in JAMA Network Open on December 17, 2021, Hot tamale! Why They Did It The authors wanted to answer the questions, “What is the association of intermittent fasting with health outcomes and what is the strength of evidence of studies on intermittent fasting?” How They Did It
  • This was a meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
  • They went through databases that included Embase, PubMed, and Cochrane
  • The search was done from April 2021
  • They found 11 meta-analyses comprising 130 RCTs, 38 participants
What They Found
  • There were 28 statistically significant associations (27%) that demonstrated the beneficial outcomes for body mass index, body weight, fat mass, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin, homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance, and blood pressure. 
  • IF was found to be associated with reduced fat-free mass. 
  • One significant association (1%) supported by high-quality evidence was modified alternate-day fasting for 1 to 2 months, which was associated with a moderate reduction in body mass index in healthy adults and adults with overweight, obesity, or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease compared with regular diet. 
  • Six associations (6%) were supported by moderate-quality evidence. 
Wrap It Up In this umbrella review, we found beneficial associations of IF with anthropometric and cardiometabolic outcomes supported by moderate to the high quality of evidence, which supports the role of IF, especially modified alternate-day fasting, as a weight loss approach for adults with overweight or obesity. Item #2 Our last one today is called “Association of Physical Activity Level With Risk of Dementia in a Nationwide Cohort in Korea” by Yoon et. al. (Yoon M 2021) and published in JAMA Network Open on December 16th of 2021. Hot hot hot. A lot hot.  Why They Did It The authors wanted to answer the question, “Is physical activity, especially light-intensity physical activity, independently associated with new-onset dementia?” How They Did It
  • It was a nationwide retrospective cohort study, 
  • They analyzed 62,286 participants aged 65 years or older without preexisting dementia who had available health checkup data from the Korean National Health Insurance Service database from January 2009 to December 2012. 
  • Participants were followed up until December 31, 2013, and 
  • data analysis was performed from July 2020 to January 2021.
  • Physical activity level was assessed using a standardized, self-reported questionnaire at baseline. 
  • Physical activity-related energy expenditure was calculated by summing the product of frequency, intensity, and duration.
What They Found I’m not going to tell you. Because we try to keep it simple light and fun around here and getting into the specifics here will make you wonder what happens when you turn on your headlights if you’re car were to be moving the speed of light. Like….why are there braille dots on a drive-up ATM? What’s up with that? Anyway, we’re skipping right to the conclusions.  Wrap It Up In older adults, an increased physical activity level, including a low amount of light-intensity physical activity, was associated with a reduced risk of dementia. Promotion of light-intensity physical activity might reduce the risk of dementia in older adults. This is a bit different from previous findings. They recommended medium intensity or higher to reduce dementia risk. They also have now shown that total sedentary behavior is associated with unfavorable health outcomes. Which is really no surprise, is it??  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   

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

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. Website
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Chiropractic And Colicky Babies & Breathing With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

CF 211: Chiropractic And Colicky Babies & Breathing With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Today we’re going to talk about chiropractic and colicky babies and we talk about thoracic outlet syndrome and breathing.  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 #211 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Manual & Passive Therapies For The Neck, and then we’ll talk about Acupuncture For Post-Surgical Pain. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Well, it’s the new year now. What do you do to prepare for the New Year?? Do people still do the resolutions….new year, new me type of thing? That just seems so 10 years ago doesn’t it? For me, people ask me about that and I’m like, I just think of stuff as I go along and I just do them. I wish it were all more contrived or planned out but it’s just not. I took up painting last year and I took up investing in real estate last year as well.

Those weren’t things I planned out and storyboarded or something smart like that.  For painting, I saw a painting I really liked and thought, “” Wouldn’t that be amazing if I could do that myself?” So I started watching YouTube videos to learn and I joined a bunch of Facebook groups. I sat back and soaked in everything painting and once I was confident, we were off and running.  Real Estate, money has always been in real estate and it always will be. It’s like the saying, “ Real Estate….they’re not making any more of it.”

One day I stumbled on a podcast that changed my thinking and gave me tools to be confident. For free. It was inspiring so I soaked up podcasts and private FB groups and away we went. I just spent all day yesterday working on our short-term rental in Lubbock TX and evaluated some property in Orlando this morning.  I think there are planners and then there are do-ers. I’m a do-er. Sometimes it may seem a bit haphazard but for the most part, I noticed an opportunity or I get some inspiration, then I go into the fact-finding part of it. I identify the places I can soak up education, and I attack it trying to get all of the knowledge I can get.

I did the same with music, and sculpting, voice-over, and furniture building. I’m definitely a fact finder. 

Once I have the facts and have some confidence, I act. THAT’s the key. Acting upon your knowledge. Paralysis by analysis is a very real thing and if you simply sit on the bench studying, you miss the opportunities and watch as others are doing. It’s not fun to get lapped because you were too nervous Nelly to get into the game.  I’ve been frightened to get a nurse practitioner but have wanted to do it for years. I finally made the time to get educated on the process, I signed up for some help and mentorship, and I hired a lawyer that knew the process and the legalities of the whole thing. And here we are.

Now I have a medical clinic. I was stuck in the analysis phase for 5 or more years. Don’t do that folks. Those that win act with some level of boldness. Not stupidity or ignorance. But boldness.  So, storyboard it, vision board it, whatever works for you the best. But don’t sit on your hands thinking. Search out the knowledge, get smart on your topic of interest, and then act.  If you’re going to have a resolution this year, make the simple idea of ‘Acting’ as part of it. “”

I will lose weight, I will get more exercise in 2022, I will be a better husband, brother, son, Dad in 2022, and will grow my business in 2022, and I’ll do it all because I act upon the education is search out.” So do that. 

Item #1 This first one is called, “Respiratory dysfunction in individuals with thoracic outlet syndrome” by Saglam, et. al. (Saglam M 2020) and published in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in July of 2020.

Why They Did It

The purpose of this study was to compare pulmonary function and respiratory muscle strength and endurance in individuals with thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) and healthy participants.

How They Did It

  • Sixty-two individuals with TOS and 47 healthy individuals participated in this study. 
  • Pulmonary function testing was performed using a spirometer. 
  • Respiratory muscle strength (maximal inspiratory pressure [MIP] and maximal expiratory pressure [MEP]) were measured using a mouth pressure device. 
  • Respiratory muscle endurance was tested at 35% maximal inspiratory pressure and measured as the time in seconds from the start of the test to voluntary exhaustion.
  • Age distribution and physical characteristics were similar between the groups

What They Found

If I go through this information as it is written, you’ll get glossy eyes, start thinking about why you drive in a parkway and park in a driveway, why apartments are buildings that are all mostly attached, and I’ll lose you so we’re hopping to the wrap-up. I told you, we’re the AC/DC of chiropractic research people. 

Wrap It Up

Expiratory flow rate and respiratory muscle strength and endurance may be adversely affected in TOS. Trunk muscles perform both postural and breathing functions. Therefore, disruption in one function may negatively affect the other. Item #2 The last one today is called, “Clinical Evidence of Vestibular Dysregulation in Colicky Babies Before and After Chiropractic Treatment vs. Non-colicky Babies” by Hoeve et. al. (Hoeve’ J 2021) and published in Frontiers in Pediatrics in May of 2021 and bam, lets kick the heat up on this mamma jamma. 

Why They Did It

To date, after 65 years of research that was primarily directed at differentiating between normal and colicky crying, the cause of infantile colic remains elusive and no definitive cure has been found. Given the general absence of pathology, colicky crying is widely considered the extreme end of a spectrum of normal crying behavior.  However, evidence gleaned from scattered sources throughout the literature suggests that infantile colic may be the behavioral expression of physiological brainstem dysregulation, particularly of the vestibular and autonomic systems.  The purpose of this study is to present a five-point clinical index of vestibular (hyper) activity and its application to investigate vestibular dysregulation in colicky and non-colicky babies.

How They Did It

  • One hundred and twenty consecutive colicky babies were evaluated using this index, before and after a very gentle vibratory treatment, and compared to 117 non-colicky babies.

What They Found

  • Again, this results information isn’t audio friendly, it’s very technical, and you’ll be wandering off in your brain asking yourselves all of the great mysteries like Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds? Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii? Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

Wrap It Up

Colicky babies are not just infants who cry a lot. They also show clinical evidence of vestibular dysregulation. Treatment aimed at relaxing tight sub-occipital musculature by means of gentle vibrational stimulation may be effective in decreasing vestibular hyperactivity, signifying an improvement in brainstem regulation. The vestibular index opens the prospect for development into a tool toward an objective and practical clinical diagnosis of infantile colic. 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

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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 Hoeve’ J (2021). “Clinical Evidence of Vestibular Dysregulation in Colicky Babies Before and After Chiropractic Treatment vs. Non-colicky Babies.” Front Ped.  

Saglam M, F. T., Vardat-Yagli N, (2020). “Respiratory dysfunction in individuals with thoracic outlet syndrome.” J Man Physiol Ther 43(6): P606-611.          

Manual & Passive Therapies For The Neck and Acupuncture For Post-Surgical Pain

CF 210: Manual & Passive Therapies For The Neck and Acupuncture For Post-Surgical Pain

Today we’re going to talk about Manual & Passive Therapies For The Neck and then we’ll talk about Acupuncture For Post-Surgical Pain But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Then go Like our Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on whatever platform you’re listening to 
  • 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 #210 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Chiropractic Cost-Effectiveness & Early MRIs Lengthen Disability. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Just getting ready for Christmas. We talked a little last week about marketing and how we’re trying to set up our nurse practitioner for success.  I am currently going through a couple of different Fiverr sellers and creating a sales funnel. We are going to test it on our hormone pellets. Let’s keep our fingers crossed because if a sales funnel works on hormone pellets, then why wouldn’t it work for IV Therapy? PRP injections? Car Wreck patients? Spinal decompression patients? Just regular ol’ family practice patients? And on and on and on. 

You could conceivably and easily figure out your services that offer the highest ROI and then you could create a sales funnel for each.

Or….as in my case, have a Fiverr salesperson that knows more about it create it. Wouldn’t that be amazing if you could spend maybe $1000 per month on all of these ads funneling people into your different systems? Then they get the automated email trickles for whichever Funnell they happen to be in? And then they start calling and making appointments?

As we all know, this is a very real thing in lots of industries. Including healthcare. I’m certain I’m not the first to consider it but it’s kind of new thinking for me personally and I’m hoping that my hormone pellet funnel test bears fruit because if it does, it’s on like Donkey Kong.

I’ll be all over it and I’ll already have the people in place that can help me do it.  So, that’s exciting. 

No interns from Parker picked our office here in Amarillo, TX to come to visit for the Spring so looks like we’re on our own for the first 1/3 of 2022. But that’s OK, I’ve been on my own for like 24 years so I think we’ll be alright. 

On the side gig part of things, voice-over is still absolutely killing it. I never would have imagined what was possible for me in the voice-over industry. I’m still small potatoes when compared to what some of the guys make but for someone that’s only been in it for about a year, it’s been a game-changer when you consider keeping my life the same and still being able to fund other interests like real estate investing.

This year’s voice-over activities more than doubled the down payment we made on the investment property we just closed on in Lubbock, TX.  If you ever need a voice-over for your phone system, an online ad, podcast, TV/Radio ad, just holler. I got you. Send me an email at [email protected] or visit my voice-over website at www.jeffwilliamsvoice.com and we’ll connect. 

Speaking of investment property, if you’ve been listening, we bought a small house in Lubbock, TX, and closed on it last week. We are turning it into a short-term rental, we’ll call it an STR for short. That’s an Airbnb or Vrbo house. And they pay very well. 

Now, why live an hour and a half away from your STR? Won’t that be difficult?  The answer to the first question is because, while I love my hometown of Amarillo, TX, we don’t have a Division I college with a medical school and a law school.

Lubbock has Texas Tech there so they have the concerts and the graduations and the big football games and sports and traveling professors and all of that good stuff. Things that Amarillo just doesn’t have. And it’s only an hour and a half from here so we can still get there to handle any issues.  Besides that, most issues are not truly emergencies so as long as you have a dependable cleaner and a dependable handyman to be your eyes and ears on the ground and to take care of things when necessary, you don’t need to live in the same market.

People live in Ohio and self-manage their STRs in Florida or the Smokie Mountains.  Self-managing remotely should not be difficult at all. The ones doing it say that it takes about 15-20 minutes per week per house to self-manage. If there’s a plumbing issue, you’d call a plumber just like you would for your own house, give them the door code to get in and handle things, and voila! 

These days they have smart houses. Wireless thermostats, deadbolts, external property cameras, and water controls for the garden. You don’t have to have any contact with anyone. Just give them the code to the door. That goes for the guests as well.  You can buy STRs already furnished, which is my preference. This one was not so we’re having to purchase everything new for the house. They say count on $10,000 per bedroom if you’re furnishing it. So a 3 bedroom house, we would budget $30,000 in furnishings.

Truthfully, I think we’re coming in at about 1/3 lower than that benchmark. Because I have shopper of a wife and she knows how to find the deals. 

Anyway, we spent Saturday down in Lubbock setting it up and building furniture and all that good stuff. We didn’t even get close to getting it ready but we got further than we were. We’ll head back down this weekend and keep grinding until we can get it up and running and ready for our guests to have an excellent experience. 

Then, we have a long-term rental here in Amarillo that we used to live in ourselves. Once we moved out, we just held onto it and rented it out. We are refinancing it currently. We will take out the money that is there with the increased value of the home and we’ll put that down on an STR in the Florida area. We’re getting our system of self-management down with this closer Lubbock property. Then we’re taking the show on the road and going bigger.

People will always go to the beach and they’ll always go to Disney so that’s the plan.  Keep listening in for updates. I tend to share everything with y’all so you know I’ll be talking about it. 

Now on with it. 

Item #1

Let’s start off with this one called “Are manual therapies, passive physical modalities, or acupuncture effective for the management of patients with whiplash-associated disorders or neck pain and associated disorders? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the OPTIMa collaboration” by Wong et. al. (Wong JJ 2016) and published in Spine Journal in December of 2016,  As a side note, this may be the longest of any title anywhere. They should work on their naming prowess. 

Why They Did It

In 2008, the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders (Neck Pain Task Force) found limited evidence on the effectiveness of manual therapies, passive physical modalities, or acupuncture for the management of whiplash-associated disorders (WAD) or neck pain and associated disorders (NAD). This review aimed to update the findings of the Neck Pain Task Force, which examined the effectiveness of manual therapies, passive physical modalities, and acupuncture for the management of WAD or NAD.

How They Did It

  • This was a systematic review and best evidence synthesis.
  • The sample includes randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, and case-control studies comparing manual therapies, passive physical modalities, or acupuncture with other interventions, placebo or sham, or no intervention.
  • They systematically searched five databases from 2000 to 2014
  • Studies with a low risk of bias were stratified by the intervention’s stage of development (exploratory vs. evaluation) and synthesized following best evidence synthesis principles. 
  • They screened 8,551 citations, and 38 studies were relevant and 22 had a low risk of bias.

What They Found Evidence from seven exploratory studies suggests that 

  1. for recent but not persistent NAD grades I-II, thoracic manipulation offers short-term benefits; 
  2. for persistent NAD grades I-II, technical parameters of cervical mobilization (eg, direction or site of manual contact) do not impact outcomes, whereas one session of cervical manipulation is similar to Kinesio Taping; and 
  3. for NAD grades I-II, strain-counterstrain treatment is no better than placebo. 

Evidence from 15 evaluation studies suggests that  (1) for recent NAD grades I-II, cervical and thoracic manipulation provides no additional benefit to high-dose supervised exercises, and Swedish or clinical massage adds benefit to self-care advice;  (2) for persistent NAD grades I-II, home-based cupping massage has similar outcomes to home-based muscle relaxation, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) does not offer benefits, Western acupuncture provides similar outcomes to non-penetrating placebo electroacupuncture, and needle acupuncture provides similar outcomes to sham-penetrating acupuncture;  (3) for WAD grades I-II, needle electroacupuncture offers similar outcomes as simulated electroacupuncture; and  (4) for recent NAD grades III, a semi-rigid cervical collar with rest and graded strengthening exercises lead to similar outcomes, and LLLT does not offer benefits.

Wrap It Up

Our review adds new evidence to the Neck Pain Task Force and suggests that mobilization, manipulation, and clinical massage are effective interventions for the management of neck pain. It also suggests that electroacupuncture, strain-counter strain, relaxation massage, and some passive physical modalities (heat, cold, diathermy, hydrotherapy, and ultrasound) are not effective and should not be used to manage neck pain I don’t know what to think about this one, to be honest.

In one part it seems they don’t assign any effectiveness to manipulation but then in the conclusion, they say it’s an effective intervention. What gives? Who the hell knows. All I have access to is the abstract.  I can tell you that while anecdotal, you can’t convince me that manipulation doesn’t provide significant relief. Sometimes immediately. You’ve seen them come in with a locked up neck and one adjustment increases their range of motion immediately and pain levels are reduced fairly quickly.  Combined with some exercise and strain/counterstrain, they leave the office skipping down the street and singing along with Louie Armstrong on ‘What a wonderful world.” I know systemic reviews are high-level research. I’ve just seen so many other papers showing impressive effectiveness that this one doesn’t really move me one way or the other. 

Item #2

Last one today is called, “Effects of Acupuncture on Postoperative Pain After Total Knee Replacement: Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis” by Ko et. al. (Hsing Fang Ko 2021) and published in Pain Medicine on June 21, 2021…damnit….so hot. 

Why They Did It They wanted to identify the analgesic effectiveness of acupuncture after total knee replacement by systematic review.

How They Did It

  • A search of randomized controlled trials was conducted in five English medical electronic databases and five Chinese databases. 
  • Two reviewers independently searched in five English medical electronic databases and five Chinese databases. 
  • Two reviewers independently retrieved related studies, assessed the methodological quality, and extracted data with a standardized data form. 
  • Meta-analyses were performed with all-time-points meta-analysis.
  • A total of seven studies with 891 participants were included.

What They Found

  • The meta-analysis results indicated that acupuncture had a statistically significant influence on pain relief. 
  • The subgroup analysis results showed that acupuncture’s effects on analgesia had a statistically significant influence. 
  • Electroacupuncture frequency ranged between 2 and 100 Hz.

Wrap It Up

As an adjunct modality, the use of acupuncture is associated with reduced pain and the use of analgesic medications in postoperative patients. In particular, ear acupuncture 1 day before surgery could reduce analgesia. Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in the leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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

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

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Integrating Chiropractors

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The Message

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

Key Point:

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

Contact

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

Connect

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

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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

  • Hsing Fang Ko, C.-H. C., PhD, Kai-Ren Dong, Hsien-Chang Wu (2021). “Effects of Acupuncture on Postoperative Pain After Total Knee Replacement: Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis,.” Pain Med 22(9): 2117-2127.
  • Wong JJ, S. H., Mior S, Jacobs C, Côté P, Randhawa K, Yu H, Southerst D, Varatharajan S, Sutton D, van der Velde G, Carroll LJ, Ameis A, Ammendolia C, Brison R, Nordin M, Stupar M, Taylor-Vaisey A, (2016). “Are manual therapies, passive physical modalities, or acupuncture effective for the management of patients with whiplash-associated disorders or neck pain and associated disorders? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the OPTIMa collaboration.” Spine J 16(12): 1598-1630.

Chiropractic Cost-Effectiveness & Early MRIs Lengthen Disability

CF 209: Chiropractic Cost-Effectiveness & Early MRIs Lengthen Disability

Today we’re going to talk about the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic and we cover how getting MRIs too early can lengthen the time of disability a patient goes through. Interesting stuff! But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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

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

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #209 Now if you missed last week’s episode, it was our 4 year anniversary and round up episode. We covered the top ten all time listened to episodes from the 4 years and it was fun to reminisce. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

So on the personal side of things we are currently getting ready to have our official welcome reception for our nurse practitioner. And I thought I would talk about it briefly just to get your wheels turning about how you do internal marketing. We have done a lot of stuff to try to get the word out about our nurse practitioner. We started by making a list of all of the new services we would be adding and we had fire sitting all around the office. Every time I had a patient come in I would grab one and hand it to them and make sure that they knew what we had come up before he even started his first day.

We send out a weekly email to our patient base. You better believe they heard over and over and over again about the medical integration that was on the horizon. We just started a radio campaign. Somewhere in there we won best of competition in our city which has about a population of 300,000 or so. So that was a pretty big deal. Obviously, anytime I’m working on somebody and we have a conversation I am thinking about whether they need to be seeing our nurse practitioner at the same time.

If they have pesky trigger points I tell them about trigger point injections. If they’re fussing about being tired I tell them about hormone replacement or IV therapy. If I ask them if they have had a bone scan because it’s an older female and they say they don’t have a primary, boom they do now. I think you understand what I’m saying but that is the ultimate in internal marketing. We also have a sign at the front door saying make your appointment for our new medical services today. We also have another one in the lobby. We have hormone replacement banners in the rehab room. This is an ongoing thing. And, slowly, he’s getting busier Last week our nurse practitioner had about 28 to 30 appointments for the week. When he started out in August, obviously it was zero. Two weeks ago it was 18 or 19 appointments for the week. So we are getting there. I am also creating weekly blogs and corresponding YouTube videos and most of them right now I have to do with the Nurse Practitioner and the new services we offer.

And as a side note I have to say, it has been really nice to have another provider in the office. I can’t wait to be able to hire an associate to take over my day to day stuff. But in the meantime, if a case is being particularly pesky, it’s nice to be able to broaden my approach even further than before. If you don’t know much about my clinic, we have me, medical, exercise rehab, three massage therapists, acupuncture, and even an esthetician in the spa side of the building. We are fully integrated and a broad approach is the name of the game Medical was just the next logical step and though it was hard to get set up, we are well on our way now. Let’s be clear.

Still not profitable. But we’re no longer hemorrhaging. Mucho mejor mi amigos Outside of setting up the welcome reception this Friday, we are creating the FB event and inviting doctors and lawyers and any other potential referral source. I am experimenting with creating opt in lead pages with a trickle email campaign and a Google Ads, Facebook Ads, and Instagram ad campaign to lead them there.

Marketing is like treating pain. It’s a broad management type of thing. Hit it from all directions but whatever you do….you have to market. You can’t do business sitting in your ass as Dan Kennedy says. You can’t just be a doer of what you do. You have to be a marketer of what you do. Before we dive in, I want to thank ChiroUp for asking me to guest on their blog and video recently.

I joined Dr. Brandon Steele for a conversation on chronic pain and all the topic entails. It was an excellent talk and Dr. Steele and partner Dr. Tim Bertlesman are just top-notch examples of what chiropractors can be. I can’t say enough about both or them or ChiroUp. They’ve changed our profession for the better.  Alright, let’s get going with the research

Item #1

I first want to thank Dr. David Graber, our esteemed New Jersey-an colleague and contemporary for posting this study in the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance group. He’s got a ton of great research. He’s on top of it all. Go look up Dr. Graber if you get a minute and add his professional page on Facebook. You won’t regret it. 

This first one is called “The association between use of chiropractic care and costs of care among older Medicare patients with chronic low back pain and multiple comorbidities” by Weeks et. al. (Weeks 2016) and published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics

Why They Did It

The purpose of this study was to determine whether use of chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT) was associated with lower healthcare costs among multiple-comorbidity Medicare beneficiaries with an episode of chronic low back pain (cLBP).

How They Did It

  • The authors conducted an observational, retrospective study of 2006–2012 Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements
  • The project included 72,326 multiply-comorbid patients aged 66 and older with cLBP episodes and 1 of 4 treatment exposures 
  • The exposures were chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT) alone, CMT followed or preceded by conventional medical care, or conventional medical care alone. 
  • The researchers used propensity score weighting to address selection bias.

What They Found

  • The total and per-episode Medicare reimbursements during the cLBP treatment episode were lowest for patients who used CMT alone; 
  • These patients had higher rates of healthcare use for low back pain but lower rates of back surgery in the year following the treatment episode.
  • Expenditures were greatest for patients receiving medical care alone; 
  • Patients who used only CMT had the lowest annual growth rates in almost all Medicare expenditure categories. 

Wrap It Up

This study found that older multiple-comorbid patients who used only chiropractic manipulative therapy during their chronic low back pain episodes had lower overall costs of care, shorter episodes, and lower cost of care per episode than patients in the other treatment groups. Further, costs of care per episode were lower for patients who used a combination of chiropractic manipulative therapy and conventional medical care than for patients who did not use any chiropractic manipulative therapy. 

Item #2

Our last one here is called “The association between early MRI and length of disability in acute lower back pain: a systematic review and narrative synthesis” by Shraim et. al.  and published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders in November of 2021…..sizzle…I can’t touch it. Because it is too hot for me to handle.  Why They Did It They start the abstract by saying that clinical guideline recommendations are against early magnetic resonance imaging  within the first 4 to 6 weeks of conservative management of acute low back pain (LBP) without “clinical suspicion” of serious underlying conditions. Otherwise known as red flags. 

There is some limited evidence that a significant proportion of patients with low back pain receive early MRI non- indicated by clinical guidelines, which could be associated with increased length of disability The aim of this systematic review was to investigate whether early MRI for acute low back pain without red flags is associated with increased length of disability. The length of disability was defined as the number of disability days (absence from work

How They Did It

  • Medline, EMBASE, and CINAHL bibliographic databases were searched from inception until June 5, 2021. 
  • Two reviewers independently assessed the methodological quality of included studies using the Newcastle-Ottawa scale and extracted data for the review. 
  • The search identified 324 records, in which seven studies met the inclusion criteria. 
  • Three of the included studies used the same study population.

What They Found

  • All included studies were of good methodological quality and consistently reported that patients with acute low back pain without red flags who received early magnetic resonance imaging had increased length of disability compared to those who did not receive early magnetic resonance imaging. 
  • Three retrospective cohort studies reported that the early magnetic resonance imaging groups had a higher mean length of disability than the no early magnetic resonance imaging groups ranging from 9.4 days to 13.7 days at the end of 1-year follow-up period. 
  • The remaining studies reported that the early magnetic resonance imaging groups had a higher hazard ratio of work disability when compared to the no early magnetic resonance imaging groups.

Wrap It Up

Early magnetic resonance imaging is associated with increased length of disability in patients with acute low back pain without red flags. Identifying reasons for performing non-indicated early magnetic resonance imaging and addressing them with quality improvement interventions may improve adherence to clinical guidelines and improve disability outcomes among patients with low back pain.

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations.

So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.     

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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

  • Shraim BA, S. M., Ibrahim AR, Elgamal ME, Al-Omari B, Shraim M (2021). “The association between early MRI and length of disability in acute lower back pain: a systematic review and narrative synthesis.” BMC Musculoskelet Disord 22(1): 983.apple
  • Weeks, W. B., Leininger, B., Whedon, J. M., Lurie, J. D., Tosteson, T. D., Swenson, R., O’Malley, A. J., & Goertz, C. M, (2016). “The Association Between Use of Chiropractic Care and Costs of Care Among Older Medicare Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain and Multiple Comorbidities.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 39(2): 63-75.

 

Does Imaging Mean Better Outcomes & Melatonin Slowing Down Disc Degeneration

CF 207: Does Imaging Mean Better Outcomes & Melatonin Slowing Down Disc Degeneration

Today we’re going to talk about….Does Imaging Mean Better Outcomes & Melatonin Slowing Down Disc Degeneration But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #207 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about how Vertebral Dysfunction Alters Neuro Function & The Gender Of Your Provider May Matter. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

It’s a bit hectic around here this week being the week after Thanksgiving as of this recording. Being off for 4 days straight was a very welcome respite from the normal day-to-day.  Nothing too crazy around here this week. We are missing our intern who left last week. We’re just re-acclimating to life as it was before we had an extra hand here in the office. But we’re getting there. We’re stretched a little thin because we added the nurse practitioner.

Well, when he has a procedure, he needs an extra set of hands so that takes up one of our CAs. That leaves us short on this end of the business.  But, the NP is not busy enough consistently enough for us to need to hire another set of hands full time. So, we’re in a growth period and growth can stretch you. And it’s stretching us.

But that’s OK. I know it’ll all be worth it eventually.  We started our integrated journey back on August 1st and here we are at almost December 1st. So that’s about 4 months in. We are averaging around 18-20 visits per week for the medical services and just trying to build build build.  Our most common services would probably be trigger point injections, primary visits, and maybe the hormone pellets or IV therapy. It’s a slow grow thing as with any new venture. It takes time to get your message out. And we’re working on it. We start radio ads next week.  Other than that, outside of chiropractic, we are setting up a short term rental/Airbnb, VRBO type of house.

It is a brand new flip so we’re stepping into a basically new place and it’s ready to go. We’ve been buying all of the stuff to outfit it, getting all wireless stuff so we can manage it ourselves remotely, hiring a contractor to build a deck on the back, and are getting our AirBNB and VRBO listings in order and all that good stuff.  It’s a mess for about a month but once you get it set up, it should only take us about 15-30 minutes per week to manage it from an hour and a half away. And, according to AirDNA which is an analysis software for short term rentals, we stand to profit around $30,000+ per year on the thing. That’s pretty exciting. 

I always talk about the exit strategy. This is part of it. Getting more stuff in line outside of your day to day. 30 minutes a week is not completely passive work but it’s damn near passive and gives us a good raise through the year. And $30k is a nice down payment on another house. Especially when you combine it with what I’m doing in voice over industry currently.  Now, if I can just get a rock star associate to come in and take some of the heat off of me on the day to day hands-on chiropractic treatment. THEN….then we might be on our way.  Enough of that, let’s get to it. 

Item #1

The first one this week is called “What are the effects of diagnostic imaging on clinical outcomes in patients with low back pain presenting for chiropractic care: a matched observational study” by Jenkins et. al.  (Jenkins 2021)and published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies on November 23rd of 2021, aye chi Wawa….it’s so hot. 

Why They Did It

Evidence suggests that diagnostic imaging for low back pain does not improve care in the absence of suspicion of serious pathology. However, the effect of imaging use on clinical outcomes has not been investigated in patients presenting to chiropractors. The aim of this study was to determine if diagnostic imaging affects clinical outcomes in patients with low back pain presenting for chiropractic care.

How They Did It

  • A matched observational study using prospective longitudinal observational data with one year follow up was performed in primary care chiropractic clinics in Denmark. 
  • Data were collected from November 2016 to December 2019. 
  • Participants included low back pain patients presenting for chiropractic care, who were either referred or not referred for diagnostic imaging during their initial visit. 
  • Patients were excluded if they were less than 18 years old, had a diagnosis of underlying pathology, or had previous imaging relevant to their current clinical presentation. 
  • Mixed linear and logistic regression models were used to assess the effect of imaging on back pain intensity and disability at two-weeks, three-months, and one-year, and on global perceived effect and satisfaction with care at two-weeks.
  • 2162 patients were included, with 24.1% referred for imaging. 

What They Found

Participants referred for imaging had slightly higher back pain intensity at two-weeks and one-year, and disability at two-weeks, but the changes are unlikely to be clinically meaningful.  No difference between groups was found for the other outcome measures. Similar results were found when sensitivity analysis, adjusted for age and leg pain intensity, was performed.

Wrap It Up

Diagnostic imaging did not result in better clinical outcomes in patients with low back pain presenting for chiropractic care. These results support that current guideline recommendations against routine imaging apply equally to chiropractic practice. I know some of you will say “I found so and so on a person that would have never been found, etc.” I get it. And some of you just feel better if you’ve seen what’s going on underneath. I get it and I don’t fault that. I really don’t BUT….you MUST acknowledge that the vast majority of your x-rays that you insist on taking on every patient that walks through your doors, ultimately, weren’t absolutely necessary and didn’t change a thing about how you would be treating them.  That is of course unless you’re a technique philosophy wonk and you think you find listings on x-rays. A strategy that I’ve seen little research that can support.  If you follow Choosing Wisely, you are typically in safe and calm waters. 

Item #2

The second one is called “The potential role of melatonin in retarding intervertebral disc ageing and degeneration: A systematic review” by Cheng et. al. (Zhangrong Cheng 2021) and published in Ageing Research Reviews in September of 2021

Why They Did It

They start by setting the stage here.  Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of years lived with disability in the world population, which has increased by over 50 % in the past 20 years, mainly due to population ageing Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is a common degenerative disease of the musculoskeletal system that develops with age. It is regarded as the main cause of chronic low back pain in the elderly. IDD has various causes, including ageing, mechanical overloading, and nutritional deficiency.

Melatonin is a pleiotropic indole hormone secreted by the pineal gland and plays an important role in resisting various degenerative diseases.  The serum levels of melatonin decline with age and are reported to be negatively correlated with the symptomatic and histopathological scores of IDD. In vivo studies have shown that exogenous administration of melatonin could maintain the structural integrity of the intervertebral disc and inhibit the development of IDD. Mechanistically, by interacting with its membrane or intracellular receptors, melatonin can promote autophagic flux, scavenge free radicals, inhibit the release of pro-inflammatory factors, and block apoptotic pathways, thereby enhancing anti-stress abilities and matrix anabolism in different types of disc cells.  Several studies have explored the effects of melatonin on IDD.

This was first discovered when surgical removal of the pineal gland in chickens depleted their serum melatonin levels and accelerated IDD onset Therefore, melatonin supplementation may be a promising therapeutic strategy for IDD. This review aimed to summarize the latest findings regarding the therapeutic potential of melatonin in IDD.

Wrap It Up

From the perspective of therapeutic strategies for IDD, the benefits of melatonin are comprehensive. The existing evidence supports melatonin as a potential therapy for the prevention and treatment of IDD Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   

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  The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website https://www.chiropracticforward.com Social Media Links https://www.facebook.com/chiropracticforward/ Chiropractic Forward Podcast Facebook GROUP https://www.facebook.com/groups/1938461399501889/ Twitter https://twitter.com/Chiro_Forward YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtc-IrhlK19hWlhaOGld76Q iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chiropractic-forward-podcast-chiropractors-practicing/id1331554445?mt=2 Player FM Link https://player.fm/series/2291021 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-chiropractic-forward-podcast-chiropractors-practicing-through TuneIn https://tunein.com/podcasts/Health–Wellness-Podcasts/The-Chiropractic-Forward-Podcast-Chiropractors-Pr-p1089415/ 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 Jenkins, H. J., Kongsted, A., French, S.D (2021). “What are the effects of diagnostic imaging on clinical outcomes in patients with low back pain presenting for chiropractic care: a matched observational study.” Chiropr Man Therap 29(46).   Zhangrong Cheng, Q. X., Juntan Wang, Yukun Zhang, (2021). “The potential role of melatonin in retarding intervertebral disc ageing and degeneration: A systematic review.” Ageing Research Reviews 70.    

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

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

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

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

CF 203: Reduced Access To Chiropractic & The Ideal Diet Today we’re going to talk about reduced access to chiropractic and we’ll talk about the ideal diet.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s a great resource for patient education and for YOU. It saves you time in putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections and written in a way that is easy to understand for you and patients. Just search for it on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #203 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Pain And Clumsiness & Treatment Escalation. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

The resurgence continues in my clinic’s numbers. I believe we had 26 new patients this last week and about 183 or so patients. Our Nurse Prac is still building slowly. Honestly, a little slower than I expected. He is averaging around 15-20 appointments per week. Some are as simple as trigger points. Some are as extensive as hormone pellets and PRP injections. I’m telling you I’ve railed against cortisone injections for years and I still do. But lidocaine trigger points …..now that’s a different deal. I’ve been floored at how much they can make a difference for some of my patients that have been on the more pesky side with regard to some nagging pain.

Good stuff and it’s a $50 cash service so it’s not out of reach for most patients and it seems, so far, to be very effective for most. 

As with everything in life, nothing can stay good for too long, can it?

It seems the answer is no. It can’t. I left work on Friday after a great, busy, fairly stress-free week. As I was walking out the back door, my front desk employee for the last year and a half or so gives me her 2-week notice. Yep, we just got everything up and running and kicking some butt, and boom.

There are lots of reasons behind the scenes as to why she made the decision but the end story is that there was a bit of internal conflict, we’ve had some difficulties in the past with how this person handled some patients or situations, and….though we’ll miss this person’s incredible attention to detail, it’s probably a good move for all involved. We wish her the very best.

She’s a great person and a hard and dependable worker. Just a bad fit I suppose 

Now, you all know how valuable a front desk employee is. They are simply hard to replace but, it is what it is. Fortunately, and you all might listen up here, my wife took classes and became a front desk billing guru. So, she can train new front deskers, She can get them up to speed quicker than anyone I know because she’s smarter than anyone I know.  I mention this because my wife being trained so well takes a lot of burden off of us when it comes to replacing the front desk staff. It’s going to happen sooner or later and why be held hostage by employees because the owners don’t know what’s going on?

Now let’s be honest, I don’t know the front desk. That’s why at one time in my career, I absolutely WAS held hostage by the front desk. That’s why, several years ago, I found out that I lost an incredible amount of money over a 3-year time span. And when I say ‘incredible’, I’m talking around $750,000 over three years. I don’t like saying it but I’m always honest with you all. That’s the best way to be a coach or mentor or adviser.

It’s with honesty.

It wasn’t stolen or embezzled. It just wasn’t collected on and then the time passed to where it could no longer be billed and collected on. So…all of that work was just gone.  It’s not every day you find out you’ve lost around $750,000. Time and Bud Light helped me through and I’m doing OK today. You have to move beyond the things that will bring you down and keep you down if you allow them to.

But yeah, that’s why you can’t be held hostage by employees.  That’s also exactly WHY my wife got trained. So that we’d never be in that position again. And….we aren’t this time either.  We have the luxury of being able to pick and choose by personality type rather than strictly experience because we can train the skills ourselves.

So, to Indeed we go. Wading through hundreds of resumes that won’t show up when we schedule interviews. It’s insane. But, it’s a necessary evil and, I’m a Christian, so we pray for the perfect person to be led our way.  What do you need in a front desker? Personality! They are the first impression a person gets when they call on the phone. They are the first person a patient encounters when they get there and the last person they encounter on the way out. That’s as important and vital as anything.

Pain is weird and responds differently in everyone. so I don’t care if someone leaves feeling better immediately. Obviously that’s the goal but not the most important thing. What I really care about is how they feel about their experience being in our clinic and how they felt about the people they came into contact with while they were there. THAT’s what matters the most. Especially in the first visit or two. 

They can be practice builders and they can be practice killers.

This one, very key person. So…..let’s make it count shall we?? Let’s dive into the research this week. 

Item #1

This first one is called Evaluation of Dietary Patterns and All-Cause Mortality: A Systematic Review” by English et. al. (English LK 2021) and published in JAMA Open Network on August 31, 2021, and that’s hotter than that the Texican sun in the Summer. 

Why They Did It

They wanted to answer the question, “What is the association between dietary patterns consumed and all-cause mortality?”

How They Did It

  • It was a systematic Review but of only one randomized clinical trial but 152 observational studies 
  • Participants were from 17-84 and from 28 different countries
  • They were all on the topic of dietary patterns and all=cause mortality

What They Found

  • They found a lot of what you’d probably expect they’d find. 
  • Evidence demonstrated that dietary patterns characterized by increased consumption of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, unsaturated vegetable oils, fish, and lean meat or poultry (when meat was included) among adults and older adults were associated with decreased risk of all-cause mortality. 
  • These healthy patterns consisted of relatively LOW intake of red and processed meat, high-fat dairy, and refined carbohydrates or sweets.

Wrap It Up

Despite the different approaches, study designs, dietary assessment methods, geographical regions, and dietary pattern labels, the evidence demonstrated that dietary patterns associated with lower all-cause mortality risk were consistently characterized by higher intake of vegetables; legumes; fruits; nuts; either whole grains, cereals, or non-refined grains; fish; and unsaturated vegetable oils.  These patterns were also characterized by lower or no consumption of animal products (red and processed meat, meat and meat products, and high-fat dairy products), refined grains, and sweets (ie, higher in added sugars).  Labels that were assigned to the dietary patterns varied widely (eg, Mediterranean, prudent, Healthy Eating Index, DASH, and plant-based), highlighting that high-quality diets with nutrient-dense foods are associated with better health, regardless of diet type or dietary pattern name.

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Item #2

This second one is called “The Effect of Reduced Access to Chiropractic Care on Medical Service Use for Spine Conditions Among Older Adults” by Davis et. al. (Davis M 2021) and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in June of 2021 and toastier than a hot toddy!

Why They Did It

The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which access to chiropractic care affects medical service use among older adults with spine conditions.

How They Did It

  • They used Medicare claims data to identify a cohort of 39,278 older adult chiropractic care users who relocated during 2010-2014 and thus experienced a change in geographic access to chiropractic care. 
  • National Plan and Provider Enumeration System data were used to determine chiropractor per population ratios across the United States. 
  • A reduction in access to chiropractic care was defined as decreasing 1 quintile or more in chiropractor per population ratio after relocation.
  • Using a difference-in-difference analysis (before versus after relocation), they compared the use of medical services among those who experienced a reduction in access to chiropractic care versus those who did not.

What They Found

  • Among those who experienced a reduction in access to chiropractic care (versus those who did not), they observed an increase in the rate of visits to primary care physicians for spine conditions 
  • An annual increase of 32.3 visits per 1,000 
  • And the rate of spine surgeries (an annual increase of 5.5 surgeries per 1,000). 
  • Considering the mean cost of a visit to a primary care physician and spine surgery, a reduction in access to chiropractic care was associated with an additional cost of $114,967 per 1,000 patients
  • That’s to the tune of $391 million nationally

Two syllables – one word…..Day-um. 

That’s a metric crap-ton of green cheese. A gob of Benjamins. A Gaggle of American greenbacks. 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34376317/

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

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

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  The Message

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

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

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

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

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Bibliography

  • Davis M, Y. O., Liu H, Anderson B, Bynum J, (2021). “The Effect of Reduced Access to Chiropractic Care on Medical Service Use for Spine Conditions Among Older Adults.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 44(5): 353-362.
  • English LK, A. J., Bailey RL, (2021). “Evaluation of Dietary Patterns and All-Cause Mortality: A Systematic Review.” JAMA Netw Open 4(8).

 

Pain And Clumsiness & Treatment Escalation

CF 202: Pain And Clumsiness & Treatment Escalation Today we’re going to talk about pain that causes clumsiness and we’ll talk about treatment escalation.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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

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

You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #202 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about breast plan illness and treating chronic pain centrally. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Things may have leveled out last week. We shall see. Still busy as can be but instead of 215 in a week, I believe last week was more around 185. This is exactly what we averaged weekly before COVID so I can live with that. I didn’t feel 100% overwhelmed. Tired, yeah. But not overwhelmed.  Let’s talk about the staff.  Have you ever hired a staff member that started out as a kid and just blossomed into something pretty darn special? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict these things? Unfortunately, hiring can be a bit of a crapshoot. The ones that look the best turn into clowns. Then you have the ones that are meh and stay meh. Then you have the ones you kind of aren’t sure about and they either sink or swim.  I found a swimmer.

I hired the daughter of one of my long-time friends. I didn’t want to hire her because I didn’t want to treat her differently because of my friendship with her mother and I also didn’t want to risk losing a friend because a problem popped up and I had to fire her daughter. Or something of that nature. You never know what’s going to happen but that was my thought process.  Anyway, she was the best applicant so I hired her. I had an office manager that had been there for roughly 11 years. She trained her up well. Her only job had been with Kohl’s so she’d been in retail and was only about 19 I think. Maybe 20. She was a kid. It took her a bit to settle in I think but once she did, she blossomed.  Fast forward a year or two and my long-time office manager got an offer for more money and she took it. This could have been catastrophic. But then this girl the had started as a kid stepped up and said, “I got it.” 

And no kidding…..she had it. She started marketing. She started setting up meetings with the staff where the weekly meetings and training had kind of fallen off. She started going to networking events. Now, a year after taking over as office manager, she’s the ‘go to’ for the entire office, she’s worked every position including billing and the front desk, and at 23 years old, I have every bit of confidence in that girl.  I told that story for no real reason but to just say ‘isn’t it a bit hinky?’ Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to bottle that up and figure out how to tell who’s going to crash and who’s going to soar? I know everyone has a different opinion on relationships in the office but my opinion, and my personality, is for my staff to be funny, professional, a little bit ornery, and a bit like family.

I care about my staff.  I root for them and they root for me. We tease each other non-stop but we are a family. I spend more time with those girls than I spend with my own family. That’s a big deal. Why would I want a boss-employee relationship with people I basically spend my entire life with? I’d rather them be bought in. Be like family. And when they’re no longer on my team, they’re still on the team to an extent because they became part of the family.  I could be wrong but of all of the people that have worked for me over the years, I can only think of maybe 3 that left on bad terms. Out of maybe 30 or more people.

That sounds like a high turnover rate but honestly, I’ve been in the job for 24 years almost and right now alone I have 13 employees. So, there have been plenty come and go over the years for different reasons. Going back to school, leaving to have babies, moving out of town. It is what it is. 

Most just don’t leave on bad terms and that’s the way I’d like to keep it. I hear horror stories about other chiropractors throwing fits, kicking furniture, yelling down at their staff, and basically acting like children in a grown-up’s body. That’s embarrassing for them.  Leaders come in all shapes and sizes but for me, funny, professional, friendly, respectful, and family sum it up. And love. I love most of the staff that has worked for me. Yes, I paid them.

But they also dedicated themselves to my clinic. That means something and I value it.  Alright, let’s hop in

Item 1    

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This one is called “Does my neck make me clumsy? A systematic review of clinical and neurophysiological studies in humans” by Harman et. al. (Harman S 2021) and published in Frontiers in Pain Research on October 11, 2021 and that’s spectacularly steamy. 

 

Why They Did It

Clumsiness has been described as a symptom associated with neck pain and injury. However, the actuality of this symptom in clinical practice is unclear. The aim of this investigation was to collect definitions and frequency of reports of clumsiness in clinical studies of neck pain/injury, identify objective measures of clumsiness and investigate the association between the neck and objective measures of clumsiness.

How They Did It

Six electronic databases were systematically searched,  records identified and assessed including a risk of bias.  Heterogeneity in designs of studies prevented pooling of data, so qualitative analysis was undertaken. Eighteen studies were retrieved and assessed;  the overall quality of evidence was moderate to high.  Eight were prospective cross-sectional studies comparing upper limb sensorimotor task performance and ten were case series involving a healthy cohort only. 

What They Found

Clumsiness was defined as a deficit in coordination or impairment of upper limb kinesthesia.  All but one of 18 studies found a deterioration in performing upper limb kinesthetic tasks including a healthy cohort where participants were exposed to a natural neck intervention that required the neck to function toward extreme limits.

Wrap It Up

Alterations in neck sensory input occurring as a result of requiring the neck to operate near the end of its functional range in healthy people and in patients with neck pain/injury are associated with reductions in acuity of upper limb kinesthetic sense and deterioration in sensorimotor performance. Understanding the association between the neck and decreased accuracy of upper limb kinesthetic tasks provide pathways for treatment and rehabilitation strategies in managing clumsiness. In the Fellowship program for Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine, we actually learned a great deal about this.

Which is why I’ve included it this week. We know that when sensory information comes in if there is an alteration in the signal or in it’s processing, there will be alterations in the motor portion of the sensorimotor capability leading to aberrant movements and motion.  What if incidental pops and clicks were due to faulty sensorimotor and aberrant movement? It can be due to instability, sure. But it can also be to a smudged brain map. We know that when patients have chronic low back pain, the brain map can be smudged. Our brains have a map of our bodies.

Every joint, its capabilities, and it’s limitations. Chronic pain smudges that map. We also know that a large portion of our proprioception and sensory information also comes from our deep upper cervical muscles. In combination with the inner ear and eyes.  It doesn’t take a stretch of imagination to see chronic pain, either in low back or neck, or neck dysfunction being the source of issues for balance, proprioception, and accurate motor function.  It’s all fascinating, folks! Good stuff. 

Item #2

https://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(21)00035-X/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email

This one is called “Risk of treatment escalation in recipients vs. non recipients of spinal manipulation for musculoskeletal cervical spine disorders; an analysis of insurance claims.” by Anderson et. al (anderson BR 2021) and published in June of 2021 so hot! 

Why They Did It

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between treatment escalation and spinal manipulation in a retrospective cohort of people diagnosed with musculoskeletal disorders of the cervical spine.

How They Did It

  • They used retrospective analysis of insurance claims from 2012-2018 from a single Fortune 500 company.
  • They categorized 58,147 claims into 7,951 unique patient episodes.
  • Treatment escalation included claims where imaging, injection, emergency room, or surgery was present.

What They Found

  • Treatment escalation was present in 42% of episodes overall: 2,448 (46%) associated with other care and 876 (26%) associated with spinal manipulation. 
  • The estimated risk of any treatment escalation was 2.38 times higher in those who received other care than in those who received spinal manipulation

Wrap It Up

Among episodes of care associated with neck pain diagnoses, those associated with other care had twice the risk of any treatment escalation compared with those associated with spinal manipulation.  In the United States, over 90% of spinal manipulation is provided by doctors of chiropractic; therefore, these findings are relevant and should be considered in addressing solutions for neck pain. Additional research investigating the factors influencing treatment escalation is necessary to moderate the use of high-cost and guideline-incongruent procedures in people with neck pain. So, how many times have you seen patients that had fusions that they should have never had?

Many or most times based on MRI images from MRI’s they probably should have never had. Conservative care first, folks.  Failure to respond to conservative care. Conservative care being spinal manipulative therapy, exercise, laser, massage, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, cognitive behavioral therapy, and I will add one from the anecdotal observation that is backed by non enough research….and that’s spinal decompression. I’ve never seen anything like it for discs and radiculopathy. Plain and simple.  Once those have been tried and failed, then you look at meds. Then you look at injections. Then you look at surgery. 

Understanding that cauda equina and progressive neurological deficits are really the main reasons for surgery. Pain, by the way, is not a reason for surgery.  No cauda equina? No altered sensory, motor, or reflexes? No surgery. 

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

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

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

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Bibliography

Anderson BR, M. W., Long CR, (2021). “Risk of Treatment Escalation in Recipients vs Nonrecipients of Spinal Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Cervical Spine Disorders: An Analysis of Insurance Claims.” J Manipulative Physiol Ther 44(5): 372-377.

Harman S, Z. Z., Kendall J, Vindigni D, Polus B, (2021). “Does My Neck Make Me Clumsy? A Systematic Review of Clinical and Neurophysiological Studies in Humans.” Front Pain Res 2: 756771.      

Breast Implant Illness & Treating Chronic Pain Centrally

CF 201: Breast Implant Illness & Treating Chronic Pain Centrally

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

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

On the personal end of things…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s dive in!

Item #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why They Did It

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

How They Did It

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

What They Found

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

Wrap It Up

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

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

Why They Did It

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

How They Did It

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

What They Found

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

Wrap It Up

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

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

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

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

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

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Bibliography

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