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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 9)

CF 321: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 9)

Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 9) But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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  OK, we are back and you have found the Chiro ractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #321 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about PT For Sciatica & Laser For Neck Pain.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things….. I just got back from VO Atlanta, the world’s largest VoiceOver conference. I have to say that there are a lot of regular Joe’s like me walking about that place and in the industry but, oh my goodness….there are a lot of strange folks too as you might imagine.  A very diverse group and I’m not talking just about race. Just lots of different types of folks that the mainstream of our country wouldn’t recognize as being normal. I’ll just say it that way.  So, that was fun and useful and tiring. I’m glad I went but was glad to be back home. It’s a lot like going to chiropractic conferences.

Before I got involved in the Texas Chiropractic Association, I was a long\e wolf. I’d be out there on the fringe, not a member of the TCA, and almost proudly and defiantly uninvolved.  Compare and contrast that with me now. I’m a member of just about everything I can be a member of. Including the ACA, the TCA, FTCA, the MCM Mastermind, the Texas Orthopedic group, the national Orthopedic group, the national Forensics group and on and on and on.  My network then vs. now. I had a couple of folks I went to school with. Now, I have hundreds of trusted friends in the industry to learn from, ask questions, and bounce things off of.  There’s no comparison. The voice over thing reminds me of the fact that it’s not always the learning you get inside those classrooms that is the most valuable aspect of an industry conference.

Most of the time, it’s the one-on-one connections you make over dinner or over drinks and conversations you have with random folks throughout the weekend that pay the most dividends. Don’t get into conversations asking yourself, “what can I get from this person’ though. If you’re genuine and authentic and interested in others and what YOU can do for THEM, then it’s a natural instinct that they wonder what they can do for you in return.  That’s where the value of conferences comes in. It’s the network you build over years of going to these things that pay dividends. So, if you don’t see immediate ROI on the Monday you return, not to worry. Stick with it. Plant the seeds and reap the harvest down the road. 

Now remember we are continuing our series on why the WHO has designated spinal manipulative therapy at the level of very low confidence which is the same they designated ultrasound. I went and found all of the citations for all of the papers they used to make the determination. From what we’ve covered and from what I’m seeing, they haven’t used a lot of high-quality research to make the determination. This makes me wonder if there’s an agenda at the WHO to keep the man down. Keep the chiros in their place. Who knows? But it seems sus, as the kids say these days. 

Item #1 Our first paper this week is called, “Spinal manipulative therapy and exercise for older adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: a randomized clinical trial” by Schulz et. Al and published in Chiropractic Manual Therapy on May 15, 2019.  Remember, the citations can be found at chiropracticforward.com under this episode.  Schulz C, Evans R, Maiers M, Schulz K, Leininger B, Bronfort G. Spinal manipulative therapy and exercise for older adults with chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Chiropr Man Therap. 2019 May 15;27:21. doi: 10.1186/s12998-019-0243-1. PMID: 31114673; PMCID: PMC6518769.

Why They Did It Low back pain (LBP) is a common disabling condition in older adults which often limits physical function and diminishes quality of life.  Two clinical trials in older adults have shown spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) results in similar or small improvements relative to medical care; however, the effectiveness of adding SMT or rehabilitative exercise to home exercise is unclear.

How They Did It We conducted a randomized clinical trial assessing the comparative effectiveness of adding SMT or supervised rehabilitative exercise to home exercise in adults 65 or older with sub-acute or chronic LBP.  Treatments were provided over 12-weeks and self-report outcomes were collected at 4, 12, 26, and 52 weeks.  The primary outcome was pain severity.  Secondary outcomes included back disability, health status, medication use, satisfaction with care, and global improvement.  Linear mixed models were used to analyze outcomes.  The primary analysis included longitudinal outcomes in the short (week 4-12) and long-term (week 4-52).  An omnibus test assessing differences across all groups over the year was used to control for multiplicity.  Secondary analyses included outcomes at each time point and responder analyses.  This study was funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

What They Found 241 participants were randomized and 230 (95%) provided complete primary outcome data.  The primary analysis showed group differences in pain over the one-year were small and not statistically significant.  Pain severity was reduced by 30 to 40% after treatment in all 3 groups with the largest difference (eight percentage points) favoring SMT and home exercise over home exercise alone.  Group differences at other time points ranged from 0 to 6 percentage points with no consistent pattern favoring one treatment.  One-year post-treatment pain reductions diminished in all three groups.  Secondary self-report outcomes followed a similar pattern with no important group differences, except satisfaction with care, where the two combination groups were consistently superior to home exercise alone.

Wrap It Up Adding spinal manipulation or supervised rehabilitative exercise to home exercise alone does not appear to improve pain or disability in the short- or long-term for older adults with chronic low back pain, but did enhance satisfaction with care.

Item #2 The second paper today is called, “Manipulation does not add to the effect of extension exercises in chronic low-back pain (LBP). A randomized, controlled, double blind study” by Rasmussen et al published in Joint Bone and Spine in December of 2008.  Rasmussen J, Laetgaard J, Lindecrona AL, Qvistgaard E, Bliddal H. Manipulation does not add to the effect of extension exercises in chronic low-back pain (LBP). A randomized, controlled, double blind study. Joint Bone Spine. 2008 Dec;75(6):708-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2007.12.011. Epub 2008 Nov 22. PMID: 19028434.

Why They Did It Both exercises and manipulation are recommended as basic therapy in back diseases, while a possible synergistic effect of these treatments have not been clarified.  This study was conducted to test a possible further effect of manipulation as adjunct to extension exercises for unspecific LBP.

How They Did It 72 patients with chronic LBP (mean 12 months) were examined by a specialist in manual medicine, who detected localized binding between the lumbar segments.  All patients were instructed in extension exercises, while randomized to either pretreatment with specific manipulation or control.  The patients were blinded to the manipulation, which was performed at the end of the manual examination, and repeated after two and four weeks.  The manipulator only knew the group of the particular patient just before manipulation by the end of the examination.  The primary end point was pain, measured by a visual analogue scale.

What They Found Pain in both back and leg decreased without differences between groups. Segmental binding of the low-back was associated with persisting clinical symptoms at four weeks.

Wrap It Up No additional effect was demonstrated of manipulation, when extension exercises were used as basic therapy. Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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

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

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

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

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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 8)

CF 319: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 8) Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 8).  If you haven’t been following along, the World Health Organization has recommended spinal manipulative therapy for back pain, however, they rated it at very low confidence.

Which is the same rating they gave ultrasound. We know SMT is more effective than that so I went into the recommendations, I found the papers the WHO cited as their references for their rating of SMT, and now I’m covering each and every one of them. We’re doing this every other week and now we’re on Part 8.  Also if you’re following along, you’ll know that a lot of these papers are extremely old compared so newer more impressive and more favorable papers that have emerged in more recent years.

You’ll also, if you’re like me, continue to get more and more certain that there is an agenda in the WHO leadership that keeps SMT from taking its rightful step forward in the treatment of noncomplicated Neuromusculoskeletal issues.  Stick with me, we’ll talk more about it.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music    

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast. 

I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on wherever you listen to it 
  • 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 #319 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about How Specific Are Adjustments & Nerve Flossing Effectiveness.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

As I’ve discussed in recent episodes, my house, meaning my clinic, got in a bad way in 2023 and I believe we are finally on the upswing.  We have slowed down in our new patients because of Google SEO and website companies and changes. I think I’ve corrected that.  We have had inconsistent team culture in the clinic because of constant turnover. I still have work to do here but I feel like we have a more dependable team at the moment than I’ve had in the past 18 months so I’m encouraged.  Speaking of an incredible amount of turnover, our billing has been inconsistent. Inexperienced staff just let rehab and other services walk out the door without getting done. That adds up really fast and shows up in our monthly collections.

Now that my wife is up at the front desk and now that it’s become a focus for us, this is getting under control. Basically, staff knows that their comfort comes secondary to the financial health of the clinic. Meaning, whether we feel like it or not, the patients need to be doing the services we have prescribed them. We’re getting there. That’s not a black and white thing there but we are doing more of the services prescribed than we have been.  We are now on our 4th billing and collections company in the past 5 or 6 years. We just haven’t been able to find a dependable one that just does their damn job. I think we have one now.

They started in November and we hope to see the benefits in the next few weeks. I think we already are.  So, you can see what I’ve been up to. It was a swim or swim option. Not a sink or swim. Sink is never in the list of options. So we’ve been swimming and it’s showing up in progress and that makes this old man happy. 

Now, something I’ve always struggled with is treatment recommendations. I like standardization. I like Being able to tell someone confidently, I need to see you 3x/week for 2 weeks or whatever the recommendation might be. I don’t want to make it up from patient to patient. Standardization is something our profession desperately needs in my opinion.  As my colleague and friend, Dr. Brandon Steele once said in our DACO class…..if you go to the doctor with an ear infection in Dallas, NYC, Chicago, LA, or Seattle, you’re going to always get pretty much the same thing. The Standard for that profession.  If you go to a chiro, you don’t know what the hell you’re going to get.

X-rays for no reason and BAM, bait and switch….now you need 70 visits in one year to fix a curve that 20-year longitudinal studies show doesn’t really mean much of anything. You got a neck problem, bam, you need 50 visits to boost your immunity and make sure all nerve impulses are fully expressed because how can God’s full potential for you be realized if your spine is out of alignment. Yes….true story folks. True story. 

You have back pain, BAM, x-rays show degenerative spurs and if you see me 3x/day for 2 weeks, we’ll reduce the size of those spurs. Yes….true story. And that crew is holding seminars trying to teach crap like that to other suckers in our profession.  Or on the other end of the spectrum, you’ve had pain for 10 years and have a disability associated with it so it’s technically high-impact chronic pain….BAM….you can be fixed in 2 visits with a course of exercises for you to be using at home. 

It’s just not standardized.

So, through my association with Dr. Jay Greenstein from Washington DC and who is a mover and shaker in the industry and who has been active in Clinical Compass, I eventually formulated a standardized treatment protocol for my office that you might find useful as well. It’s really pretty simple. 

If it’s acute or less than 4 weeks in duration, I’ll see the patient 3x/week for 2 weeks. 

If it’s subacute, or between 4 and 12 weeks in duration, I’ll see the patient 2x/week for 3 weeks. 

If it’s chronic, or anything lasting beyond 3 months, I’ll see them 2x/week for 4 weeks. 

At the end of the protocol at each level, acute, subacute, or chronic….if the patient is doing great, we then start to stairstep the frequency out and slowly withdraw from treatment to prevent the return of the injury.

If there is not improvement or the patient gets worse at any time, we will either change treatment and try something different, or we will find a provider that has a better chance at helping the person recover. 

Now, of course, PI patients don’t fit into this schematic well so I use the Quebec Task Force on WAD for them but most of my patients will fit very well into this protocol.  It’s simple. It’s a way to standardize recommendations in my clinic from the owner to any associates. It’s an easy way for associates to get comfortable recommending treatment. And I like it so much that I made a poster out of it that you can find in the Chiropractic Forward private Facebook group.  I’ll send you one here in the US for $55 if you want one.

I’m putting one in my exam room so that when I’m doing the ROF, they’ve already read it and all I have to do is point to it and say, “‘You’re right here, and here is your recommendations. See you on M, W, and F.” Alright, good to go on all that, let’s hop in. 

Item #1 Our first one that the WHO used to keep the chiros down today is called, “Effectiveness of Exercise Therapy and Manipulation on Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Nejati et. Al. published in Pain Physician in January of 2019. Not new, not old. Remember, the citations can be found at chiropracticforward.com under this episode.  Nejati P, Safarcherati A, Karimi F. Effectiveness of Exercise Therapy and Manipulation on Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Physician. 2019 Jan;22(1):53-61. PMID: 30700068.

Why They Did It The sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) has been found to be the primary culprit for lower back pain (LBP), but it is still overlooked and treated as LBP. There are no guidelines or appropriate therapeutic protocols for SI dysfunction. Thus, there is a need for an effective treatment strategy for SI dysfunction.

Objective: To compare exercise therapy (ET), manipulation therapy (MT), and a combination of the 2 (EMT) in terms of their effectiveness in treating SI dysfunction.

How They Did It Study design: A comparative, prospective, single-blind randomized controlled trial .

Setting: Sports Medicine Department of Rasoul Akram Hospital.

Methods: A total of 51 patients with lower back or buttock pain resulting from SI dysfunction were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 study groups: exercise therapy, manipulation therapy, or a combination of the 2.  The exercise therapy group received posterior innominate self-mobilization, sacroiliac joint stretching, and spinal stabilization exercises.  The manipulation therapy group underwent posterior innominate mobilization and SI Joint manipulation.  Lastly, the combination group received manipulation maneuvers followed by exercise therapy. Pain and disability were assessed at 6, 12, and 24 weeks after the intervention

What They Found All 3 groups demonstrated significant improvement in pain and disability scores compared to the baseline (P < 0.05).  The difference among these therapeutic protocols was found to be a function of time.  At week 6, manipulation therapy showed notable results, but at week 12, the effect of exercise therapy was remarkable.  Finally, at week 24, no significant difference was observed among the study groups. A major limitation of the present study is lack of a control group receiving a type of intervention other than the experimental protocols. Another limitation is the short duration of follow-ups.

Wrap It Up Exercise and manipulation therapy appear to be effective in reducing pain and disability in patients with Si dysfunction. However, the combination of these 2 therapies does not seem to bring about significantly better therapeutic results than either approach implemented separately.

Item #2 The last one today is called, “Spinal manipulation plus laser therapy versus laser therapy alone in the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomized controlled study” by Nambi et. Al published in European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine in December of 2018. Not new, not old.

Nambi G, Kamal W, Es S, Joshi S, Trivedi P. Spinal manipulation plus laser therapy versus laser therapy alone in the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomized controlled study. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2018 Dec;54(6):880-889. doi: 10.23736/S1973-9087.18.05005-0. Epub 2018 Apr 24. PMID: 29687966.

Why They Did It Low back pain (LBP) is a common musculoskeletal disorder causing pain and disability in most of the countries. In recent years, new approaches such as Spinal manipulation and laser therapy have been considered as an alternative to conventional exercise and also found contradicting results in terms of its effectiveness.

Aim: A study to compare the combined effects of spinal manipulation, Laser and exercise versus Laser and exercise alone in chronic non-specific low back pain (cnLBP).

How They Did It Design: Randomized control study.

Setting: Subjects with cnLBP were treated with spinal manipulation, Laser and exercise in outpatient department for four weeks.

Population: Three hundred and thirty subjects who fulfilled the selection criteria were randomized (1:1:1 ratio) into spinal manip-laser-exercise (N.=110), Laser-Exercise (N.=110) and control group (N.=110).

Methods: The outcome measurements were Visual Analog Scale (VAS), Modified Modified Schober Test (MMST) Roland and Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ), Physical Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and Health Related Quality of Life-4 (HRQOL-4).  Baseline and follow-up measurements were measured at 4 weeks, 6 and 12 months by a blinded investigator.

What They Found Three hundred and twenty-six subjects completed the intervention and 304 completed the 12-month follow-up.  Demographic variables show homogeneity between the groups and ANOVA analyses showed significant improvement (P<0.001) in pain reduction (VAS), flexion range of motion (MMST), functional disability (RMDQ), depression status (PHQ-9), and quality of life (HRQOL-4) in spinal manipulation-laser-exercise group compared to the other two groups at one-year follow-up.

Wrap It Up Spinal manipulation combined with laser therapy and conventional exercise is more effective than laser therapy and conventional exercise alone in chronic non-specific low back pain. I mean….isn’t this one by itself enough to raise SMT above that of the level of ‘very low confidence’? That one alone? That randomized controlled trial? No? No wonder so many mistrust the WHO on so many different issues. It makes no sense to me.    Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.

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

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

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  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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How Specific Are Adjustments & Nerve Flossing Effectiveness

CF 318: How Specific Are Adjustments & Nerve Flossing Effectiveness Today we’re going to talk about How Specific Are Adjustments & Nerve Flossing Effectiveness But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music        

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    OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #318 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 7).  We’re building a fairly clear picture of what the WHO has based their opinon of SMT on and it’s pretty shaky ground in my opinion. Basically, I think there’s an underlying agenda. There’s no way in my mind that ultrasound is equal in effectiveness to SMT, which is what the WHO is essentially saying  and we’re showing that the research they’ve used to base that opinion on pretty much sucks compared to more current research literature.  ake sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. We just flew back from The Bahamas last night and boy are my arms tired.  This was our first time to The Bahamas and we decided to give it a try because something in Mexico is always on fire or someone has just lost their head or something cartel crazy. So Mexico is a no for us. Lots of my friends still visit but not this gabacho. No siree.  So we figured with The Bahamas being just about 30 minutes on teh other side of Florida, that would be a nice little trip. So…..of course,….a few weeks before we go, news trickles in that 18 people ahve been murdered there within a month and the US Embassy raised the travel alert level for the Bahamas. That’s purely because we decided to book a trip there, by the way. In case you were wondering.  So, we were a little concerned but we shouldn’t have worried. We went straight from the airport to the resort with a transportation service and never left the resort on purpose. We could tell it was a bit sketch so we had no desire to explore. Plus, the resort/casino had tons of restaurants, tons of pools, a water park, fountains, the beach and ocean….all of it was pretty much right there so there was no need to explore really.  We stayed at Baha Mar and we really won’t be going back for a couple of reasons. We want to go somewhere that we don’t really need to worry about our safety. Like the Caymans, Costa Rica, Virgin Islands, or the Florida Keys. Also, except for a few places, we don’t usually return. Once we’ve seen it and done it, it’s time to explore something new.  This resort had a rave, dance party until 3:15 am on Friday night. I was furious. I guess with it being partly a casino, that’s appealing to someone but it’s not a non-gambling 51 year old that came to The Bahamas for rest and relaxation. Furious is an understatement but I got over it.  Everyone was great, the resort was mostly pretty impressive, and the getaway was a nice change. No work. Just hanging out and I enjoyed it.  Now, back to work and a day short this week so let’s get on with it.  Item #1 Our first one this week is called, “Determining cavitation location during lumbar and thoracic spinal manipulation: is spinal manipulation accurate and specific?” By ross et. Al and published in Spine Journal in July of 2004.  Remember, the citations can be found at chiropractscforward.com under this episode.  Ross JK, Bereznick DE, McGill SM. Determining cavitation location during lumbar and thoracic spinal manipulation: is spinal manipulation accurate and specific? Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Jul 1;29(13):1452-7. doi: 10.1097/01.brs.0000129024.95630.57. PMID: 15223938. Why They Did It Clinicians utilizing spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) claim to be very specific and accurate with the delivery of their dynamic thrust.  It has been suggested that the clinical success of SMT is dependent on the accurate delivery of that therapy to the target spinal joints. The purpose of this study is to first locate the joints that produce an audible sound in response to manipulation (cavitation) during spinal manipulative procedures so that the accuracy and specificity of manipulation can be assessed. How They Did It Sixty-four asymptomatic participants, ranging in age from 22 to 49 years, volunteered to act as patients for the study.  Twenty-eight different clinicians performed thoracic and lumbar spinal manipulative procedures.  The range of clinical experience was 1 to 43 years. Asymptomatic participants received SMT to either the thoracic or lumbar regions of their spine.  Accelerometers were secured to the skin over the spinal column, and the relative time at which each accelerometer detected the vibration from the cavitation associated with the SMT was used to calculate the source of the vibration.  The site of cavitation was then compared with the target location. What They Found For lumbar SMT, the average error from target of 124 cavitations in lumbar procedures was 5.29 cm (at least one vertebra away from target), with a range of 0 to 14 cm.  Of these cavitations, 57 were deemed to be accurate and 67 were deemed to be inaccurate.  The average error from target of 54 cavitations in the thoracic spine was 3.5 cm, with a range of 0 to 9.5 cm.  Of these cavitations, 29 were deemed to be accurate and 25 were deemed to be inaccurate.  In most cases, individual manipulative procedures were associated with multiple cavitations ranging from 2 to 6. Wrap It Up In the lumbar spine, SMT was accurate about half the time.  However, because most procedures were associated with multiple cavitations, in most cases, at least one cavitation emanated from the target joints.  In the thoracic spine, SMT appears to be more accurate. Item #2 Our last one today is called “Effectiveness of neural mobilisation for the treatment of nerve-related cervicobrachial pain: a systematic review with subgroup meta-analysis” by Lascurain-Aguirrebena et. Al. and published in Pain in March of 2024.  That’s so hot it’s still on the damn burner! Lascurain-Aguirrebeña, Iona,b,*; Dominguez, Laurac; Villanueva-Ruiz, Ikerc,d; Ballesteros, Javiere,f,g; Rueda-Etxeberria, Mikele; Rueda, Jose-Ramónc; Casado-Zumeta, Xabatd; Araolaza-Arrieta, Maialend; Arbillaga-Etxarri, Aned; Tampin, Brigitteh,i,j. Effectiveness of neural mobilisation for the treatment of nerve-related cervicobrachial pain: a systematic review with subgroup meta-analysis. PAIN 165(3):p 537-549, March 2024. | DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000003071   Why They Did It Neural mobilisations (NM) have been advocated for the treatment of nerve-related cervicobrachial pain; however, it is unclear what types of patients with nerve-related cervicobrachial pain (if any) may benefit.  How They Did It Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, PeDro, Cinahl, and Cochrane databases were searched from inception until December 2022. Randomised controlled trials were included if they assessed the effectiveness of Neural mobilisations in nerve-related cervicobrachial pain, and outcome measures were pain intensity and/or disability.  Meta-analyses with subgroup analyses were performed.  Twenty-seven studies were included. What They Found For pain and disability reduction, Neural mobilisations was found to be more effective than no treatment, increased the effectiveness of standard physiotherapy as an adjuvant when compared with standard physiotherapy alone but was no more effective than cervical traction.  For disability reduction, Neural mobilisations was found to be more effective than exercise Wrap It Up In most comparisons, there were significant differences in the effectiveness of Neural mobilisations between the subgroups.  Neural mobilisations was consistently more effective than all alternative interventions (no treatment, traction, exercise, and standard physiotherapy alone) in 13 studies As I’ve heard my friend and esteemed colleauge, Dr. Brandon Steele say before, “If a patient has radiculopathy and there’s only one thing I can do for them, it’s nerve flossing.” And I agree.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.   

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The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website
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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 6)

CF 315: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 6)

Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 6).

If you’ve been following along, and I hope you have…The WHO updated their recommendations recently for pain. Spinal maniuplative therapy was include so we’re on the menu. But, they rated SMT at very low confidence, which is the same as what they rated ultrasound. So, in the eyes of the WHO, smt may be about as effective as ultrasound. Yeah, we’re call BS so we are going through each paper they used to make this determination and they all, except for a few, are old, outdated, and pretty much stink. We’ll talk about it…. But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

 

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel. 

 

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on wherever you listen to it 
  • 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 #315 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about Omnivorous vs Vegan and SMT For Chronic Neck Pain.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

Another day, another dollar by friends. Here we are at the end of January 2024 and if all works well and if you’re an insurance or hybrid clinic, then you know that you’ve been a little slower because the deductibles re-set in January for the most part and people don’t like to spend their own money.  But, about a month or so is as long as many of them ever want to go without going to the chiropractor and that’s OK.

The point being that hybrid clinics like mine should start seeing increased numbers in February. It may be mid to late February but we should see us start getting busier for sure.  In the meantime, I’ve started focusing more and more on marketing. I feel like I’m pretty dangerous when I have the time to be. Right now, I have the time to be. I used to sit around brainstorming ideas for marketing, memes, content, and all that entails. Then I’d create my own original stuff and post it.  I haven’t done that in forever it seems but here lately, and unfortunately, I’ve had some extra time to give those things attention again. I like a challenge and so I’m on it. I’ve targeted the demographics I want targeted.

The ones I think that the economy and who happens to be the President will have no control over economically. We’ve re-newed our efforts in getting our message to these people.  In addition, we’ve re-newed our efforts in our public outreach. Face to face, person to person outreach. Dan Kennedy says, YCDBSOYA, You can’t do business sitting on your ass. You’re moving forward or falling behind. You’re the window or the bug. You either make things happen in your life or you sit around wonder what the hell just happened.  So that’s what’s up with Creek Stone on this Monday, January 29th.

I have 35 on the schedule when I typically have 45. You carry that out throughout the week, that’s 50 less per week which is 200 less appointments per month. That’s unacceptable.  I’ve had less new patients lately as well. I think my Google SEO has dimished since going with a very reputable company a few years ago so we switched it up and went with a new website company that I know gets results. That’s brand new.  I also got to looking at our new patients demographics and it looks like we’re seeing fewer VA patients recently. That’s worth investigating and diving into.  If you’re not doing these thing regularly, might get on it. It’s whack-a-mole folks. You can never hit the auto-pilot button and sit back and just do the work if you’re the owner. It’s a constant battle. Enjoy the great times and ride that wave. When things start popping up out of nowhere, dig in, have some grit, and wait for that next wave.  Alright, here we go with the research today. 

Item #1

The first one today is called, “Spinal mobilization vs conventional physiotherapy in the management of chronic low back pain due to spinal disk degeneration: a randomized controlled trial” by Krekoukias, et al., published in 2017 in the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy.  Remember, the citations can be found at chiropractscforward.com under this episode.  Krekoukias G, Gelalis ID, Xenakis T, Gioftsos G, Dimitriadis Z, Sakellari V. Spinal mobilization vs conventional physiotherapy in the management of chronic low back pain due to spinal disk degeneration: a randomized controlled trial. J Man Manip Ther. 2017 May;25(2):66-73. doi: 10.1080/10669817.2016.1184435. Epub 2016 Jun 23. PMID: 28559665; PMCID: PMC5430451.

Why They Did It The authors wanted to examine the efficacy of spinal mobilization in subjects with low back pain (LBP) and associated spinal disk degeneration.

How They Did It Seventy-five subjects suffering from chronic LBP were randomly allocated into 3 groups of 25 subjects.  Each group received five treatment sessions with the first group receiving manual therapy (MT) (spinal mobilization), the second a sham treatment, and the third conventional physiotherapy (CP) (stretching exercises, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, and massage).  Subjects were assessed for their pain intensity using the numerical pain rating scale and for their self-reported disability using the Oswestry and Roland-Morris Questionnaire at baseline and after the completion of the five treatment sessions.

What They Found Paired t-tests showed a significant improvement for all outcome measures in the manual therapy and conventional physiotherapy group.  Analysis of covariance revealed that the manual therapy group had significant improvement in all outcome measures in comparison with the sham and conventional physiotherapy group, whereas no significant difference was observed between the sham and conventional physiotherapy group

Wrap It Up Manual Therapy is preferable to conventional physiotherapy in order to reduce the pain intensity and disability in subjects with chronic LBP and associated disk degeneration.  The findings of this study may lead to the establishment of spinal mobilization as one of the most preferable approaches for the management of LBP due to disk degeneration.

Item #2 The last one is, “The effectiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, and treatment by the general practitioner for nonspecific back and neck complaints. A randomized clinical trial” by Koes published in Spine journal in 1992 and they’re using 1992 to make this determination in 2024 because there’s no better and more current  Koes BW, Bouter LM, van Mameren H, Essers AH, Verstegen GM, Hofhuizen DM, Houben JP, Knipschild PG. The effectiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, and treatment by the general practitioner for nonspecific back and neck complaints. A randomized clinical trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1992 Jan;17(1):28-35. doi: 10.1097/00007632-199201000-00005. PMID: 1531552.

Why They Did It As you see in the title of the paper, the plan was to test the effectgiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, and treatment by a general practitioner on back and neck pain

How They Did It It was a randomized controlled trial The effectiveness of manual therapy, physiotherapy, continued treatment by the general practitioner, and placebo therapy (detuned ultrasound and detuned short-wave diathermy) were compared for 256 patients with nonspecific back and neck complaints lasting for at least 6 weeks. The principle outcome measures were severity of the main complaint, global perceived effect, pain, and functional status. These are presented for 3, 6, and 12 weeks follow-up. 

What They Found Both physiotherapy and manual therapy decreased the severity of complaints more and had a higher global perceived effect compared to continued treatment by the general practitioner.  Differences in effectiveness between physiotherapy and manual therapy could not be shown. 

Wrap It Up A substantial part of the effect of manual therapy and physiotherapy appeared to be due to nonspecific (placebo) effects. From 1992 – Placebo seems to be why smt appears to be effective. We know that placebo can and should play a part in a patient’s recovery. And we can leverage placebo in our favor too. Placebo has a bad name for some reason. In the biopsychosocial construct we should be using to our advantage all of the time.  Encouraging and positive words, little pain free wins….these things play a part in neuroplasticity and moving it in our direction and moving the patient away from chronic pain. 

That doesn’t mean that smt is placebo only and there have been plenty of papers shwoing the effectiveness of SMT beyond placebo in teh last 10 years or more. This paper is liteerally 32 years old. What in the holy hell are they using this paper for in 2024? I can’t explain it.  To be fair, I suppose the Gate Theory from the 1960s is still relevant so why can’t this paper still be relevant, right?/

But I’d argue that the Gate Theory is gamechanging big stuff. This paper, in my opinion, isn’t in the same ball park with regard to impact and effectiveness. As knowledge base expands, more recent and more relevant knowledge replaces outdated knowledge. This paper should be replaced and not be relevant when recommending SMT for treatment.  My two cents.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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The Message

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

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

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

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

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Omnivorous vs Vegan & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain

CF 314: Omnivorous vs Vegan & SMT For Chronic Neck Pain Today we’re going to talk about Omnivorous vs Vegan & 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 giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
  • Like our Chiropractic Forward Facebook page, 
  • Join our private Chiropractic Forward Facebook group, and then 
  • Review our podcast on wherever you listen to it 
  • 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 #314 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 5).  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. Let’s start by giving Dr. Steven Brown out in Gilbert, AZ a shoutout. If you listened last week, we had a paper that was just the abstract. It was a paper that the WHO is using in part to help them formulate their opinion that SMT is recommended but at very low confidence.  The paper used orthopedic manual physical therapy, whatever the hell that is.  “The protocol consisted of accessory mobilizations (posteroanterior), traction of the lumbar region, mobilization with movement in the coxofemoral joint, and global techniques of neural mobilization of the lumbar spine. The duration of the orthopedic manual physical therapy was 20–25 minutes per session.”  Dr. Brown says, “They did not get actual lumbar spine, SI joint, or hip manipulation at all. Just 20-25 minutes of mobilization.” So, there you have it from one of last week’s papers. I think as we go through them, it’s getting clearer and clearer that the WHO may have an agenda. Which chiropractors expect, honestly. When you have MDs running the show, they’re going to be super slow to promote SMT to the MainStage for anything. Using papers like we’ve been seeing to make their determination is just, quizzical. For lack of a better word. It’s perplexing when we know there is more current and more impactful research in favor of SMT.  Moving on this week, I just got back from Jupiter, FL and the MCM Mastermind with Dr. Kevin Christie, Dr. Brett Winchester, Dr. Lindsey Mumma, and many more. Florida wasn’t warm. It was in the 50s and 60s but we were in a classroom most of the time anyway. We had some fine dining at The Woods, which is Tiger Woods’ restaurant. No Tiger sightings but none were expected. Lots of Bentleys, Mercedes, Lambos, and the like. It’s always a little crazy in Florida when you consider the amount of money strolling around those towns.  Lots of great discussions, lots of thoughts and plans. Now to have the time to organize the thoughts and take action on them. One fun one came from my little friend, Dr. Tiffany Armstrong from Iowa. Her and her husband have a great practice out there and are adding a gym to the mix. Fun fun.  She was talking about Storybrand and what are your Big 3? She said patients and clients can’t really keep up with more than three things. It got me to thinking and here’s what I came up with:
  1. Pain Relief
  2. Function, Stability, Strength
  3. Performance Care
That’s why you join a mastermind. That was a little comment on a discussion that we had in class. Nothing game changing but enough to give me some clarity and direction with some things I’ve been wanting to tweak and change. Imagine how many of those little comments and conversations we have over the weekend.  Lots of direction this morning outside of the. Podcast so I’m hopping into it  Item #1 Our first one today is called, “Cardiometabolic Effects of Omnivorous vs Vegan Diets in Identical Twins: A Randomized Clinical Trial” by Landry et. Al and published in JAMA Network Open November 30, 2023. Kapow! It’s hottern’ a teapot! Remember, the citations can be found at chiropractscforward.com under this episode.  Landry MJ, Ward CP, Cunanan KM, et al. Cardiometabolic Effects of Omnivorous vs Vegan Diets in Identical Twins: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(11):e2344457. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.44457 Why They Did It Increasing evidence suggests that, compared with an omnivorous diet, a vegan diet confers potential cardiovascular benefits from improved diet quality (ie, higher consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds).  The researchers wanted to compare the effects of a healthy vegan vs healthy omnivorous diet on cardiometabolic measures during an 8-week intervention. How They Did It This single-center, population-based randomized clinical trial of 22 pairs of twins randomized participants to a vegan or omnivorous diet (1 twin per diet).  Participant enrollment began March 28, 2022, and continued through May 5, 2022.  The date of final follow-up data collection was July 20, 2022.  This 8-week, open-label, parallel, dietary randomized clinical trial compared the health impact of a vegan diet vs an omnivorous diet in identical twins.  Twin pairs were randomized to follow a healthy vegan diet or a healthy omnivorous diet for 8 weeks.  Diet-specific meals were provided via a meal delivery service from baseline through week 4, and from weeks 5 to 8 participants prepared their own diet-appropriate meals and snacks. The primary outcome was difference in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration from baseline to end point (week 8).  Secondary outcome measures were changes in cardiometabolic factors, plasma vitamin B12 level, and body weight. Exploratory measures were adherence to study diets, ease or difficulty in following the diets, participant energy levels, and sense of well-being. A total of 22 pairs of twins What They Found After 8 weeks, compared with twins randomized to an omnivorous diet, the twins randomized to the vegan diet experienced significant mean (SD) decreases in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration, fasting insulin level, and body weigh Wrap It Up In this randomized clinical trial of the cardiometabolic effects of omnivorous vs vegan diets in identical twins, the healthy vegan diet led to improved cardiometabolic outcomes compared with a healthy omnivorous diet.  Clinicians can consider this dietary approach as a healthy alternative for their patients. Item #2 OK, the last one this week is called, “A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of manipulative therapy for patients with chronic neck pain” by Liu et. Al. published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in August of 2023 and it’s just hot enough! Zhen Liu, Jiao Shi, Yubo Huang, Xingchen Zhou, Huazhi Huang, Hongjiao Wu, Lijiang Lv, Zhizhen Lv, A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of manipulative therapy for patients with chronic neck pain, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Volume 52, 2023, 101751, ISSN 1744-3881, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2023.101751. Why They Did It An increasing number of people suffer from chronic neck pain due to increased telecommuting. Manual therapy is considered a safe and less painful method and has been increasingly used to alleviate chronic neck pain.  However, there is controversy about the effectiveness of manipulation therapy on chronic neck pain.  Therefore, this systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) aimed to determine the effectiveness of manipulative therapy for chronic neck pain. How They Did It A search of the literature was conducted on seven databases from the establishment of the databases to May 2022.  This study included RCTs on chronic neck pain managed with manipulative therapy compared with sham, exercise, and other physical therapies.  The retrieved records were independently reviewed by two researchers.  Further, the methodological quality was evaluated using the PEDro scale.  The Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluations (GRADE) assessment was used to evaluate the quality of the study results. Seventeen RCTs, including 1190 participants, were included in this meta-analysis. What They Found Manipulative therapy showed better results regarding pain intensity and neck disability than the control group.  Manipulative therapy was shown to relieve pain intensity and neck disability.  However, the studies had high heterogeneity, which could be explained by the type and control interventions.  In addition, there were no significant differences in adverse events between the intervention and the control groups. Wrap It Up Manipulative therapy reduces the degree of chronic neck pain and neck disabilities. Hurry, someone run and the the World Health Organization that we got a new paper to add to their crap recommendations…. More on the papers they’re using to recommend SMT at very low confidence in next week’s Part 6 of that series.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  Store Remember the evidence-informed brochures and posters at chiropracticforward.com.       

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The Message I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health! Key Point: At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic! Contact Send us an email at dr dot williams at chiropracticforward.com and let us know what you think of our show and tell us your suggestions for future episodes.  Feedback and constructive criticism is a blessing and so are subscribes and excellent reviews on podcast platforms.  We know how this works by now. If you value something, you have to share it, interact with it, review it, talk about it from time to time, and actively hit a few buttons to support it here and there when asked. It really does make a big difference.  Connect We can’t wait to connect with you again next week. From the Chiropractic Forward Podcast flight deck, this is Dr. Jeff Williams saying upward, onward, and forward. Website
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The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 4)

CF 311: The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 4) Today we’re going to talk about The WHO’s Sources For Opinion On Spinal Manipulative Therapy (Part 4) But first, here’s th at sweet sweet bumper music

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are giving evidence-based chiropractic a little personality and making it profitable. We’re not the stuffy, elitist, pretentious kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. So grab you a bushel.  I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, smarts, personality, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 
  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent resource for you and is categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #311 Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about the same thing only it was Part 3.  Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  On the personal end of things….. It’s January 2 today as I’m typing. That means a new year….a new me. Right. Not really. I’m the exact same dude I was on 12/31 with the same personality, belt line, and problems . My daughter said, “”what’s your resolution, Dad?” I said I don’t make them. I don’t believe in them. I try to better myself every day. If I need to lose weight, we don’t wait until 12/31 to decide we’re going to do it. I think of stuff and I just do it.  So, I don’t do resolutions. However, I do like motive, ambition, decisions to move in a positive direction, and overall good positive feelings. So, while I don’t engage in resolutions myself, I do support them 100%.  I’ve said here that 2023 was a tough one for me personally and professionally. No big game changers or life changers. Just irritations that had to be dealth with. It wasn’t a fun one. So I’m hoping that 2024 will be finally movign in the right direction. The changes that need to be made happen and they have the effect they were intended to have and on and on.  My hope is the same for all of you.  We should all have a little extra time on our hands for a month or so. That’s if you take insurance. Deductibles re-set in January and for some reason, people don’t like using their own money so it’ll be a bit beffore they return. Usually, if experience serves me, it’ll be around mid February to the first of March before it really ramps back up.  That means we have time to plan, prepare, review our systems, train, and market.  So let’s get to it so we can all get after it.  Item #1 The first one this week is called “Chronic low back pain and vertebral manipulation” by Ghroubi et. Al. and published in Annals of Readaptive Physical Medicine and published in October of 2007. The WHO is using a paper from 2007. Duly noted.  Remember that the citations for these papers will be in teh show notes at chiropracticforward.com episode 311 Ghroubi S, Elleuch H, Baklouti S, Elleuch MH. Les lombalgiques chroniques et manipulations vertébrales. Etude prospective à propos de 64 cas [Chronic low back pain and vertebral manipulation]. Ann Readapt Med Phys. 2007 Oct;50(7):570-6. French. doi: 10.1016/j.annrmp.2007.02.012. Epub 2007 Mar 8. PMID: 17382426. Why They Did It This study examined the short-term effectiveness of vertebral manipulation for treating chronic low back pain and disability. How They Did It Sixty-four patients were randomly assigned into two groups.  One group received 4 true vertebral manipulations (VMG), and the other group received sham manipulations (sham-VMG) under the same conditions as for the first technique.  Patients formulated assessments after the manipulations and 1 month later. What They Found
  • Patients receiving the true manipulations showed significant improvement in pain (visual analogic scale score and function)
  • (Oswestry scale). Pain improvement persisted at the second month (P=0.01). 
  • The improvement was more evident in the group that received adjustments than the sham-group. 
  • No change in perceived disability was observed in the sham-VMG.
Wrap It Up Our study confirms the efficiency of short-term vertebral manipulation for treating chronic low back pain. The assessment of vertebral manipulation effectiveness is difficult. This manual therapy must be preceeded by a specific clinical exam performed by a trained physician. Item #2 The last one this week is called, “Lumbar spinal manipulation on trial. Part I–clinical assessment” by Evans et. Al. published in Rheumatological Rehabilitation in February 1978. Yes, the WHO is basing our effectiveness partly on a paper from 1978 that had a sample of 32. Whether the information is positive or negative in the paper……should we be looking at stuff from 1978, 46 years ago, with such a small sample when we’ve seen so many more current papers come through showing effectiveness? I’m not research so it’s just a question from and enthusiastic observer. That’s all.  Evans DP, Burke MS, Lloyd KN, Roberts EE, Roberts GM. Lumbar spinal manipulation on trial. Part I–clinical assessment. Rheumatol Rehabil. 1978 Feb;17(1):46-53. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/17.1.46. PMID: 153574.
  • Thirty-two patients with chronic low back pain were treated three times at weekly intervals with rotational manipulation. 
  • Patients with femoral or sciatic root pain were included provided they did not exhibit root compression signs. 
  • Background therapy of codeine phosphate was administered throughout. 
  • There was a significant increase in spinal flexion measured clinically during the three-week period of manipulation followed by a significant decrease in the three-week period after manipulation. 
  • The first week of manipulative treatment was more painful than the corresponding week in the control group but in the second and third weeks there was less pain in the manipulated group. 
  • Pain scores were reduced to a significant degree within four weeks of starting treatment only in the group manipulated in the first treatment period. 
  • Patients benefitting subjectively from manipulation were more likely to be older and to have had symptoms for a shorter period than those not deriving benefit. 
  • The age of onset of symptoms was significantly later in the responders.
Well, there you have it for part 4 of why the WHO recommends spinal manipulative therapy but at very low confidence.  We have TEN more episodes on this to explore. Are we enjoying this? Is it useful to you? I know I’m learning and I’m definitely covering papers we haven’t covered on the podcast before so I’m locked in and rocking. I’d love to hear form you on 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 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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Spinal Manipulative Therapy And Benzodiazepines & Yanking Someone’s Head Off

CF 302: Spinal Manipulative Therapy And Benzodiazepines & Yanking Someone’s Head Off Today we’re going to talk about Spinal Manipulative Therapy And Benzodiazepines & Yanking Someone’s Head Off  

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  OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow, look down your nose at people kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers. I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast.  I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.  Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic.  I need talent, ambition, drive, smart, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do. 

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent educational resource for you AND your patients. It saves you time putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams. 
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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #302 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Excessive Generalization Of Fear Avoidance. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things….. The difference between an evidence based, patient centered practice and a vitalistic, philosophy-driven practice. In my view.  The vitalists believe that a patients or as they call them, a practice member…..should be seen in the clinic A LOT. Like some feel 1x/week or 1x every 2 weeks.

Even if nothing hurts. No pain. That’s just to stay healthy and all that stuff. So, their PVA is off the charts. Some are at 80 and above.  Even if no randomized controlled trials, the ACA, or any other respected guides back that up.  Then, there’s the evidence-based, patient-centered model.

We depend on new patients. And a lot of them. I have to see a lot of new patients to keep the machine turning. And when I’m out for any length of time, the ripples are felt for a while. So, I was out sick for a couple of days two weeks ago. Then, the very next week, I went to Chicago and was out for 2.5 days. So, guess what that did to my practice? Yep, you guessed it. Slower than COVID. Everything for me is now compared to COVID numbers, by the way. 

Anyway, it took me a week to start turning this Titanic back around and moving the other way but it’s turning. I’m back up to 44 today, which is a Monday. We’ll see how the rest of the week unfolds but it’s looking pretty good right now.  I would assume a vitalist that gets sick and has to miss is still loaded up when they return because these people have been led to believe that they have to make their appointments or their lack of neck curvature will cause degeneration or their immune system will quit working or something of that nature.  More power to them. It’s a good business model if all you care about is money but that’s just not a model I was ever on board with. 

So, yes, it took me a week or so but we are plugged in and back on track and kicking some derierre. 

Item #1

Our first one this week is called, “Association between chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and benzodiazepine prescription in patients with radicular low back pain: a retrospective cohort study using real-world data from the USA” by Trager et. Al. and published in BMJ Open on June 12, 2022…..and it’s only lukewarm… Trager RJ, Cupler ZA, DeLano KJ, Perez JA, Dusek JA. Association between chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and benzodiazepine prescription in patients with radicular low back pain: a retrospective cohort study using real-world data from the USA. BMJ Open. 2022 Jun 13;12(6):e058769. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058769. PMID: 35697464; PMCID: PMC9196200.

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

How They Did It

  • Retrospective cohort study.
  • National, multicentre 73-million-patient electronic health records-based network (TriNetX) in the USA, queried on 30 July 2021, yielding data from 2003 to the date of query.
  • Adults aged 18–49 with an index diagnosis of rLBP were included. 
  • Serious etiologies of low back pain, structural deformities, alternative neurological lesions and absolute benzodiazepine contraindications were excluded. 
  • Patients were assigned to cohorts according to CSMT receipt or absence. 
  • Propensity score matching was used to control for covariates that could influence the likelihood of benzodiazepine utilisation.
  • The number, percentage and OR of patients receiving a benzodiazepine prescription over 3, 6 and 12 months’ follow-up prematching and postmatching.
  • 9206 patients age, 37.6 years, 54% male per cohort. 

What They Found

  • Odds of receiving a benzodiazepine prescription were significantly lower in the spinal manipulation cohort over all follow-up windows prematching and postmatching. 
  • After matching, benzodiazepine prescription at 3 months was 0.56, at 6 months 0.61 and 12 months 0.67. 
  • Sensitivity analysis suggested a patient preference to avoid prescription medications did not explain the study findings.

Wrap It Up

These findings suggest that receiving CSMT for newly diagnosed rLBP is associated with reduced odds of receiving a benzodiazepine prescription during follow-up. These results provide real-world evidence of practice guideline-concordance among patients entering this care pathway. Benzodiazepine prescription for rLBP should be further examined in a randomised trial including patients receiving chiropractic or usual medical care, to reduce residual confounding. Before getting to the next one, Next thing, go to https://www.tecnobody.com/en/products

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Item #2

For our last one, we have “Spinal Cord Injury, Vertebral Artery Dissection, and Cerebellar Strokes After Chiropractic Manipulation” by Ramos etl al. and published in American Academy of Neurology in November of 2022 and I’m using my soundclip anyway because this is a hot topic!

Why They Did It Let’s just say it appears this provider stops at nothing. This injury to this woman happened after a visit with a chiropractor where she had cervical manipulative therapy. That’s putting it simply but it is both mine and Dr. Brown’s opinion that this was likely an axial traction move that gets all of the views on YouTube or a Y-strap type of adjustment that caused this issue. We have no way of knowing that nor are we stating that as a fact in any way.

We are simply surmising this because a simple diversified cervical break type of adjustment, to my knowledge, would be difficult to duplicate results like this. Seriously, if you saw the pictures on this, you’d know what I’m saying and would be nodding in agreement. 

This isn’t fun stuff to think about or talk about but I think it’s important. It came to me through Dr. Steven Brown out in Gilbert, AZ, one of my new connections and friends through the Forensics conference I attended in Chicago a couple of weeks ago.  This is from Brazil and they’re just not good at putting this sort of thing together so there’s really only a paragraph or so that I’ll just go ahead and quote here.  “A 48-year-old woman with chronic neck pain presented with a history of sudden neck pain and generalized weakness during a chiropraxis session. Neurological examination showed tetraplegia with C5 sensory level. Cervical spine CT revealed a fracture affecting C5 and C6 vertebra. Cervical spine MRI confirmed spinal cord injury. Also, bilateral vertebral artery occlusion and acute cerebellar infarction were found. Bony ankylosis was found in cervical CT spine suggesting undiagnosed ankylosing spondylitis was a risk factor for spine fracture.

Other neurological lesions related to chiropraxis include vertebral artery dissection, epidural hematoma and acute disk hernition. “ Y’all the pictuures on this patient’s imaging is just awful. I’ll try to include it in the show notes if the software allows an old man to figure it out.  When Dr. Brown sent over the information, he sent me his impression and review of the information as well and I’ll just share that with you now.  The greatest weakness of this report is the lack of details about the CSM procedure. It is difficult to see how a properly performed CSM could cause such catastrophic injuries.

This report is brief, lacking in detail about the CSM procedure, and has only two references. Another weakness of this report was that the actual time lapse from CSM to the onset of ischemic stroke symptoms was poorly documented. The term “during” needs to be clarified in terms of seconds or minutes.   The symptoms that prompted the patient to seek CSM are unknown. The catastrophic nature of the injures makes it appear the bilateral VAD was a direct result of an improperly performed CSM. However, a weakness of this report was the failure to consider that the practitioner may have failed to diagnose and refer a pre-existing cervical artery dissection.   The report does not review the patient’s past medical history of risk factors for dissection or stroke. The patient’s BMI (body mass index) was not recorded.

A low BMI is a risk factor for dissection, a high BMI is a risk factor for ischemic stroke.   The report does state that “bony ankylosis” was found on cervical spine CT examination, suggesting undiagnosed ankylosing spondylitis, which was a risk factor for spine fracture. However, Ramos did not verify if the patient had AS or not.   A weakness of this report was the failure to verify the type of practitioner that performed the CSM.

The report states “chiropractic”, but no effort was made to verify that the practitioner was an actual Doctor of Chiropractic. Numerous cases reports have attributed CSM to a DC when another type of practitioner performed the procedure.   A further weakness of this report was a failure to review the records from the practitioner performing the CSM. It is unknown if Informed Consent to the risk of stroke from CSM was obtained. The history and examination done by the practitioner of CSM are unknown. It was unknown if any neck injury occurred prior to CSM.  

Ramos concluded that CSM caused the cervical artery dissection was “related to” CSM. Studies showing no evidence of a causal relationship between CSM and dissection were not referenced. However, these studies assume the CSM was properly performed. In this case, the CSM was likely not properly performed if it caused such catastrophic injuries. 

So, I agree with everything Dr. Brown has to say here and will add that bias against chiros is present here. However, if this is a chiropractor that nearly yanked this woman’s head from her torso, I would be biased against he or she as well. Even as a chiropractor myself. Just because something gets a ton of views on social media or YouTube does not mean it’s amazing and without risk.  You’re all smart enough to know that you see the wins on videos. You don’t see the fails. I’ve seen a YouTube chiro almost yank a 70+-year-old tiny woman off of the table.

She had to lay there and recover for a good 3-5 mintues. Is that really what we enjoy or want to be known for? Of course it isn’t.  I want to be known for the woman that came to see me with lumbar radciulopathy that was developing mild foot drop and we were able to get her by. And fully recovered.

Or the veteran that couldn’t sleep or function and who’s neck made all kinds of crunchy sounds and since seeing me, it no longer makes noise and he’s feeling much better. Or the patients that was 35 and came in on a walker. He’d been to the ER twice before with bowel and bladder symptoms consistent with cauda equina but they never even did an MRI on him. I had a talk with him, told him exactly what he need to go to the ER and tell them and the next thing you know, he went through emergency surgery and now he’s back to leading a full and functional life. 

It’s not just me. You men and women have those stories too if you’ve been in practice long enough. These things don’t get views on YouTube and these patients aren’t typically dressed in yoga pants. You know what I’m saying here. But, they are the patients that we need to be known for. 

Keep plugging away. It’s a hell of a lot better time to be a chiropractor in 2023 than it was in 2000. I can guarantee it. Cooperation between evidence-based chiropractors and medical professionals is at an all time high and I only see it getting better from here. 

Alright, that’s it.

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

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The Message

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

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

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

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

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Motor Control Stiffening & Spinal Manipulation And The Vertebral Artery

CF 289: Motor Control Stiffening & Spinal Manipulation And The Vertebral Artery

Today we’re going to talk about Motor Control Stiffening & Spinal Manipulation And The Vertebral Artery

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We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow, look down your nose at people kind of research. We’re research talk over a couple of beers.

I’m Dr. Jeff Williams and I’m your host for the Chiropractic Forward podcast. I’m so glad you’re spending your time with us learning together.

Chiropractors – I’m hiring at my personal clinic. I need talent, ambition, drive, smart, and easy to get along with associates. If this is you and Amarillo, TX is your speed, send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com

If you haven’t yet I have a few things you should do.

  • Go to Amazon and check our my book called The Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic: A Unique Journey Into The Research. It’s excellent educational resource for you AND your patients. It saves you time putting talks together or just staying current on research. It’s categorized into sections so the information is easy to find and written in a way that is easy to understand for everyone. It’s on Amazon. That’s the Remarkable Truth About Chiropractic by Jeff Williams.
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Now if you missed last week’s episode, we talked about COVID delayed surgeries and lumbar stenosis. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.

On the personal end of things…..

What a day and what a week. In trying to keep up with the work/life balance thing, my wife and I took our 16 year old daughter to the Taylor Swift show up in Denver last weekend. From here in Amarillo, TX, that’s about a 7 hour drive. Not terrible overall and for a big portion of the drive you have mountains to look at so it’s all good.

We found an app called Autio that is co-owned by Kevin Costner. Along your drive, certain things are marked on the app and there are stories about the area you’re driving through that you can listen to while you’re driving through it. Pretty cool and definitely adds another layer to your drive if you’re a traveler like we are.

TSwift brough in 73,000 screaming fans and it was the second night of a 2-night stand there in Denver. That’s just unreal, honestly. The numbers and money are just staggering when you think about it.

Now, beyond that, we’re just ramping up some new marketing ideas, working on updating my stats, and getting ready to go to Alaska. We’re going on a cruise in a week and a half or so. If I can, I’m going to pre-record some episodes. If I just don’t have time to do that, you’ll be out of an episode for a week or two and we’ll pick it back up on my return. .

Most of you know how it goes. It’s tough to be gone and it’s even tougher to catch up when you return. But I’ll do my very best.

Let’s hop in.

Item #1

The first one today is called “Evidence for a general stiffening motor control pattern in neck pain: a cross sectional study” by Meisingset et. al. and published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders onMarch 17, 2015.

Why They Did It

Neck pain is associated with several alterations in neck motion and motor control. Previous studies have investigated single constructs of neck motor control, while few have applied a comprehensive set of tests to investigate cervical motor control. This comparative cross- sectional study aimed to investigate different motor control constructs in neck pain patients and healthy controls.

How They Did It

  • A total of 166 subjects participated in the study,
  • 91 healthy controls (HC) and
  • 75 neck pain patients (NP) with long-lasting moderate to severe neck pain.
  • Neck flexibility, proprioception, head steadiness, trajectory movement control, and postural sway were assessed using a 3D motion tracking system (Liberty).

What They Found

  • Neck flexibility was lower in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls, indicated by reduced cervical ROM and conjunct motion.
  • Movement velocity was slower in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls.
  • Tests of head steadiness showed a stiffer movement pattern in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls, indicated by lower head angular velocity.
  • Neck pain patients patients departed less from a predictable trajectory movement pattern (figure of eight) compared to healthy controls, but there was no difference for unpredictable movement patterns (the Fly test).
  • No differences were found for postural sway in standing with eyes open and eyes closed.
  • However, neck pain patients patients had significantly larger postural sway when standing on a balance pad.
  • Proprioception did not differ between the groups.
  • Largest effect sizes were found for neck and head steadiness.
  • Neck flexibility was the only construct that showed a significant association with current neck pain, while peak velocity was the only variable that showed a significant association with kinesiophobia.

Wrap It Up

  • Neck pain patients patients showed an overall stiffer and more rigid neck motor control pattern compared to healthy controls, indicated by lower neck flexibility, slower movement velocity, increased head steadiness and more rigid trajectory head motion patterns.
  • Only neck flexibility showed a significant association with clinical features in neck pain patients

 

 

Before getting to the next one,

 

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When you decide you cant live without those products, send me an email and Ill give you the hookup. They will 100% differentiate your clinic from your competitors.

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Item #2

Our last one this week is called, “Vertebral arteries do not experience tensile force during manual cervical spine manipulation applied to human cadavers” by Lindsay M. Gorrell,Andrew Sawatsky, W Brent Edwards & Walter Herzog and published in Taylor and Francis Online on 15 Nov 2022. Hot potato!

Why They Did It

 The objective of this study was to measure VA length changes that occur during cervical spine manipulation and to compare these to the VA failure length.

How They Did It

  • Piezoelectric ultrasound crystals were implanted along the length of the VA (C1 to C7) and were used to measure length changes during cervical spine manipulation of seven un-embalmed, post-rigor human cadavers.

  • Arteries were then excised, and elongation from arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions to first force (0.1 N) was measured. Following this, VA were stretched (8.33 mm/s) to mechanical failure. Failure was defined as the instance when VA elongation resulted in a decrease in force.

 

 

What They Found

  • From arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions, the greatest average VA length change during spinal manipulation was 5.1%

  • From arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions, arteries were elongated on average 33.5% prior to first force occurrence and 51.3% to failure.

  • Average failure forces were 3.4 N

Wrap It Up

  • Measured in arbitrary in-situ head/neck positions, VA were slack. It appears that this slack must be taken up prior to VA experiencing tensile force.

  • During cervical spine manipulations (using cervical spine extension and rotation), arterial length changes remained below that slack length, suggesting that VA elongated but were not stretched during the manipulation.

  • However, in order to answer the question if cervical spine manipulation is safe from a mechanical perspective, the testing performed here needs to be repeated using a defined in-situ head/neck position and take into consideration other structures (e.g. carotid arteries).

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.

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Meisingset I, Woodhouse A, Stensdotter AK, Stavdahl Ø, Lorås H, Gismervik S, Andresen H, Austreim K, Vasseljen O. Evidence for a general stiffening motor control pattern in neck pain: a cross sectional study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2015 Mar 17;16:56. doi: 10.1186/s12891-015-0517-2. PMID: 25888215; PMCID: PMC4377005.

Lindsay M. Gorrell, Andrew Sawatsky, W Brent Edwards & Walter Herzog (2023) Vertebral arteries do not experience tensile force during manual cervical spine manipulation applied to human cadavers, Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 31:4, 261-269, DOI: 10.1080/10669817.2022.2148048

   

Where To Adjust & Types Of Adjustments

CF 265: Where To Adjust & Types Of Adjustments

 

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

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

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

On the personal end of things…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Item #1  

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

How They Did It  

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

  What They Found  

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

Wrap It Up  

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

 

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

 

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

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

Item #2  

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

Why They Did It  

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

How They Did It  

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

 

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

 

What They Found  

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

 

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

 

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

   

Wrap It Up  

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

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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

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

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

SMT and Geriatrics & Lower Costs – Back To Work Faster With Chiropractic

CF 233: SMT and Geriatrics & Lower Costs – Back To Work Faster With Chiropractic Today we’re going to talk about SMT and Geriatrics & Lower Costs – Back To Work Faster With Chiropractic But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #233 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we were joined by Dr. Chris Chippendale and talked about communication and helping chiropractors become more effective in their interactions with patients. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 

On the personal end of things…..

Alright folks, it’s a short week for me because I’m headed out of town so I’m making this one lightening fast!  I am still currently hiring an associate for my practice in Amarillo, TX. If you’re smart, good with patients, looking for a medically integrated clinic, and are capable of building your patient base with or without my help, I want to get to know you better.  Send me an email at creekstonecare@gmail.com and let’s talk bidness. 

I’ve got a couple of interesting research papers to go through with you in a moment but first. 

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Item #1

This first one today is called “Chiropractic Care For Workers With Low Back Pain” by Mueller et. al. (Dongchun Wang 2022)  and published in WCRI: Workers Compensation Research Institute on May 17, 2022. One word, two syllables… Day-um….that’s hot. 

They say, “This study describes the prevalence of chiropractic care and provider patterns of physical medicine treatment for workers with low back pain. It provides some evidence as to how different provider patterns of physical medicine treatment are associated with variations in overall medical and indemnity costs, and the duration of temporary disability.

The study also looks at the utilization of medical services, including magnetic imaging studies, opioid prescriptions, and pain management injections.” “The data used for this study are from the WCRI Detailed Benchmark/Evaluation database, which includes more than 2 million open and closed claims from 28 states, with injuries from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2017, and detailed medical transactions up through March 31, 2019.” The article that led me to that page is called “Study links chiropractic care to lower costs, faster return to work.” By the writers with Claims Journal and published online on May 18, 2022. 

In the article they say, “A study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute found that medical care costs less and claimants return to work more quickly when low back pain treatment is provided solely by chiropractors.” Pow! Slap! Knee to the nads!!! They also say, “This study will be helpful for policymakers and stakeholders who are interested in re-evaluating the role of chiropractors, especially those who have been adopting evidence-based practices and contributing to cost-effective care,” stated WCRI President and Chief Executive Officer John Ruser in a press release. If you aren’t clear on what they’re saying there; vitalists need not apply. Evidence-based, patient-centered only.

Because that’s what makes sense anywhere on the face of the planet. 

Get this stat they threw out after studying 2 million cases, “The average medical cost per claim for low back pain patients who were treated exclusively by a chiropractor for both physical medicine and evaluation and management was $1,366, 61 percent less than the $3,522 treatment cost for low back pain cases that received no chiropractic treatment.” WOW! $3500 for medical treatment $1300 for chiropractic That’s approximately a $2,200 difference, folks. Holy smokes. If you multiply that $2,200 saving by the 2 million cases they studied, that’s a savings of up to $4.4 billion!!

Shazamm

But the reason we have a healthcare cost issue is that the information is there but it still won’t change. Just watch. Which make my pee hot but it is what it is.  “Indemnity costs were also lower for workers whose low back pain was treated exclusively by a chiropractor: $492 compared to $3,604 for workers who received no chiropractic treatment.” “Injured workers treated exclusively by chiropractors also used fewer drugs and diagnostic imaging scans, the report says.

Comparing a subset of claims with similar characteristics, the researchers found only 1% of claimants treated by chiropractors were prescribed opioids, compared to 10.3% of claimants who were not treated by chiropractors. In the chiropractic group, 4.3% of claimants received a magnetic-resonance imaging scan, compared to 18.9% for the non-chiropractic claimants.”

Come on folks, you know this information is amazing. It was done by practitioners on both sides of the aisle of healthcare and published in a respectable journal.  Share, yell this stuff out. It’s one of the coolest papers to emerge in the last few years so make sure all of your patients know about it!

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Item #2

This last one is called “Spinal manipulative therapy in older adults with chronic low back pain: an individual participant data meta-analysis” by Jenks, et. al. and published in European Spine Journal on May 28, 2022. Schiza! (Jenks A. 2022) Es muy caliente!

Why They Did It

Many systematic reviews have reported on the effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for low back pain (LBP) in adults. Much less is known about the older population regarding the effects of SMT. The authors wanted To assess the effects of SMT on pain and function in older adults with chronic LBP in an individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis.

How They Did It

  • They used Electronic databases from 2000 until June 2020, 
  • They also referenced lists of eligible trials and related reviews.
  • They used Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which examined the effects of SMT in adults with chronic LBP compared to interventions recommended in international LBP guidelines.
  • Pain and functional status were examined at 4, 13, 26, and 52 weeks.
  • 10 studies were retrieved, including 786 individuals, of which 261 were between 65 and 91 years of age. 

What They Found

  • There is moderate-quality evidence that SMT results in similar outcomes at 4 weeks
  • Second-stage and sensitivity analysis confirmed these findings.

Wrap It Up

SMT provides similar outcomes to recommended interventions for pain and functional status in the older adult with chronic LBP. SMT should be considered a treatment for this patient population. Alright ladies and gents, if I didn’t get your juices flowing on some excellent quotes and material for you social media purposes so you can share all of the good news…..well then….you just can’t be helped. Lol.  Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 

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

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

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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

Dongchun Wang, K. L. M., Donald R. Murphy, and Randall D. Lea, (2022). “Chiropractic Care for Workers with Low Back Pain.” WCRI WC-22-17.  

Jenks A., d. Z. A., van Tulder M, (2022). “Spinal manipulative therapy in older adults with chronic low back pain: an individual participant data meta-analysis.” Euro Spine J.