CF 208: Year Four Chiropractic Forward Roundup Today we’re going to re-hash the last 4 years of the Chiropractic Forward podcast on this, the 4 year anniversary of the first episode.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music  

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OK, we are back and you have found the Chiropractic Forward Podcast where we are making evidence-based chiropractic fun, profitable, and accessible while we make you and your patients better all the way around.  We’re the fun kind of research. Not the stuffy, high-brow 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 #208 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about Does Imaging Mean Better Outcomes & Melatonin Slowing Down Disc Degeneration. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

On the personal end of things…..

On the personal end of things nothing too crazy we’re just scooting right along as usual our new front desk car is coming along swimmingly. In fact, I don’t know what we ever did without her. She is absolutely phenomenal and makes life so much easier for my wife and myself. Which is a lesson to me. You can either hire experienced, or you can train. If you’re going to hire experience it’s going to cost you. Or does it? I had an inexperienced person that I tried to get trained over and over and over, and it ended up costing me around $750,000 over the course of three years. So wouldn’t I have been better off getting somebody who is experienced in billing and coding? And just paying a little more?

The answer is Hell yes.

This girl has been experienced she’s been a coder and a builder and a front desk staff member. And it shows. We couldn’t be happier. If you’ve been listening very long, then you know that my new side gig is investing in real estate. As such, we close on our very first investment property at the end of this week and then starts the task of placing all of the things that we have bought for it over the past two months into the house and getting it all set up and ready for VRBO and Airbnb. The first month of owning a short term rental is a bit tricky from what I’m told. We’re about to find out. But once it’s up and running finally, it’s typically fairly straight forward and somewhat self sustaining. No need to lay someone a 20% property Management fee to run it for you.

They typically take about 15-30 minutes per week to manage and it can all be done from afar since everything in a smart home is WiFi these days. Thermostats, deadbolts, alarms, ring cameras, etc. it’s awesome. I’ll continue to share as we get further into it but as of now, we’ve got about $20,000 or so into above and beyond the down payment.  Setting them up and outfitting them for travelers is a chore. For my personal life, my daughter has her first dance this week. If you don’t have any cute kids this age then you probably haven’t thought about it. She’s in eighth grade. I had my first junior high dance when I was in sixth grade. But these kids have had Covid to deal with this entire time and now, in eighth grade, are just now getting their very first dance. Crazy to think about right?

My son happened to be in high school they were the class of 2020. They didn’t get a graduation or a prom. They didn’t get a senior trip or anything like that. His first year in college was anything but normal. Kids in school these days have had a lot of challenges. On top of the regular awkwardness of being a kid. There are a good generation of kids. If nothing else, they are going to be resilient as hell and they were going to understand but the future is not a given. Things can change on a dime and it will serve you well to be adaptable. These kids will know that without a doubt

So let’s get to the top ten all time episodes shall we?

First I want to take a second to say, thank you. If you’ve been with me on this journey for the last 4 years, then we’ve had some fun and you know me a lot better than I know you but that’s totally ok and not creepy at all. Or is it? Anyway, In the last four years, I’ve missed one week back when my dad had a stroke a couple of years ago. I’ve shared my struggles with you and I’ve shared my triumphs with you. I’ve shared my goals, my side gigs, my staff stories, and even my family stories with you. I’m all in.  This is all going somewhere, folks.

I want to change this profession. I want it to be better. I want to better myself in the process. Many times, I’m learning right alongside with you. Sometimes, I’m teaching you from what I know. Two Fellowships and 24 years in the trenches will teach you a few things you can then turn around and share with others.  Not only that but a book has come of the last 4 + years. Hopefully some speaking, mentorship, and guru-ism will come out of it. Guru-ism in the best sense of the vernacular. Part of making this profession better and raising its game is teaching others and the goal is that that comes about in more and more opportunities in the years to come.

If you need a speaker for your organization or association, send me an email at Let’s connect and discuss.  So, thank you.

Thank you for sharing this podcast and helping us grow. Thank you to those that have had me on your podcasts or promoted me in some way. Thanks to those that sponsored and supported this show in one way or another. My appreciation for your confidence, support, and friendship cannot be put into words.  And thank you to all of my mentors and influences along the way. You’ve shown a special interest in me and what I do for some reason and my goal is to consitently validate that.  Now, here we go. 

#10 – Episode #189 w/ Dr. Brett Winchester: Chiropractic Excellence, Inspiration, & Being The Best Evidence-informed Chiropractor You Can Be

This is a big deal that this episode made it to the top ten because it was just recorded on August 5th. So, in 4 months, it’s cracked the top ten of a list that’s four years in the making. And deservedly so because Dr. Winchester is the tip of the sword when it comes to chiropractic. Dr. Brett Winchester lectures throughout the world, teaching his functional approach to patient care.  Combining manual therapy, including joint manipulation and neuromuscular stabilization, with therapeutic exercise, Dr. Winchester effectively treats functional pathologies and acts as a catalyst for patients working to enhance their performance. Dr. Winchester is the founder of Winchester Spine & Sport located outside  St. Louis, Missouri. He worked with the St Louis Cardinals at the tip top level of what a chiropractor can do for several years. So much can be learned from him. I hope you’ll go find episode 189 and give it a spin. You’ll learn something. 

#9 – Episode #118  w/ Dr. Stuart McGill – Clinical Jazz, Treating Kids Like Pros, Thoughts On Posture, and Being A Low Back Pain Ninja 

What do you say about Dr. McGill other than wow. He’s a master, he’s a gentleman, and he has a moustache that is unrivaled. But seriously, we covered all kinds of topics that included chronic pain, posture, assessing new patients, corrective exercise vs. gamification, multi-sport athletes, and more. This is one of my favorite episodes. Hands down. 

#8 – Episode #137 w/ Dr. Aric Frisina-Deyo – Chiropractors In An FQHC Setting & Setting The Bar High Early On

We talked about the ins and outs of working in an FQHC and I have to say that if Dr Frisina-Deyo is the future of chiropractic, then the future is as bright as the sun. Super smart and excellent information. 

#7 – Episode #147 – w/ Dr. Katie Pohlman – New Research, Upcoming Research, And the Need For It All

Not only is Katie one of the brightest rising stars in the chiropractic realmn but she’s also cool and one of my newest besties. I don’t know if she knows we’re long distance besties but I’ve deemed it to be a reality that she’ll just ahve to come to be OK with. She is the head of research at Parker University so we talked about her projects, chiropractic, the future, and all kinds of wonderful and relevant topics. You HAVE to listen to this episode. She’s just a joy and you’re going to love listening to her. 

#6 – Episode #113 – w/ Dr. William Lawson – Brand New Guidelines On Neck Pain Treatment

My buddy and the next President of the Texas Chiropractic Association. This episode shot to the top of our top ten almost immediately. It was way back on episode 113 and here we are on 208 and it’s still #6. That’s how popular this one was. We spent the time covering a paper that Dr. Lawson played a part in on guidelines for treating neck pain. What’s appropriate. What’s not appropriate? Are you doing it right or are you an outlier?? That’s what we talked about. Give it a try and see what you think. 

#5 – Episode #140 – w/ Dr. Chris Howson:  Chiropractors In Hospitals & Drop Release

I love that Dr. Howson is still on our top ten list because he’s been one of the most supportive chiro buddies out there. He’s smart, he’s talented, he invented the Drop Release tool, which we talk about in this episode, and he edited my book. Other than being a Minnesota Vikings fan rather than a fan of my beautiful blue and silver Dallas Cowboys, Dr. Howson is just doign everything about right, folks. Not only that but he’s in a hospital out-patient clinic and is really doing his part to elevate the profession. You can’t go wrong with this wildly popular episode. 

#4 – Episode 142 – Nonoperative Disc Treatment, D3 for Depression, & The Biopsychosocial Part Of Chronic Pain

I went through about 4-5 weeks of just killer episodes that people ate up and consumed in big numbers so you’ll notice all of these top episodes all came out pretty close to one week right after the other. This one covered research on treating discs without surgery, Vitamin D3 as a treatment for depression, and the biopsychosocial aspect of treating chronic pain. 

#3 – Episode #144 – Common Surgeries Aren’t Well-Researched & Chiropractic Wins Again

Another one of my favorites that I have quoted and used in my day to day practice more than you can imagine. This one is popular for a reason. It shocked me to go through the main paper in this episode. It covered how A very low proportion of the RCTs on the selected procedures compared the procedure to not performing the procedure at all. 

  • 64 from the more than 6,735 studies. Less than 1% if you’re keeping track. Is that not stunning? And infuriating?
  • Of those 64, only 9 were favorable to surgery. 
  • When considering individual surgical procedures, the majority of comparative trials did not favor surgery 
  • None of the studies using patient blinding for any procedure found it to be significantly better than not having the surgery at all. 

Wrap It Up

We conclude that many common surgical procedures performed for musculoskeletal conditions causing chronic pain have not been subjected to randomized trials comparing them to not performing the procedure. Based on the observation that when such studies have been performed, only 14% (on average) showed a statistically significant and clinically important benefit to surgery; there is a need to produce such high-quality evidence to determine the effectiveness of many common surgical procedures.  Furthermore, the production of high-quality evidence should be a requirement before widespread implementation, funding or professional acceptance of such procedures, rather than the current practice of either performing trials after procedures have become commonplace, or not performing comparative trials at all.” 

#2 – New Paper: Spinal Manipulation Has No Effect On Chronic Pain – Our Experts Rebuttal

A paper came out last year in JAMA that basically said that spinal manipulative therapy has not utility in treating chronic pain. I knew that couldn’t be the final answer. Oh hell no. We see this stuff resolve all of the time so what gives? I went to the experts and got their thoughts on the paper and a proper rebuttal in case you’re ever confronted with it. A lot of you took my advice because it’s #2 all time for us. I’m glad to see you found it valuable. 

#1 – Lancet Low Back Update & Movement Disorders Mean Pain

For the second year in a row, this paper retains the title as the most listened to of all of our episodes. In 2018 or so, The Lancet released a series of papers on Low Back Pain. It was big and gave us great information and a direction forward for treating it. This episode covered the update to that paper with more current information using the original series as a basis to build on. It’s great information for those striving to be low back ninjas. Learn from the experts. Learn from the best. 

So there you have it. Our Chiropractic Forward all time Top Ten most listened to episodes. Pretty cool.

We’ve come a long way from having a handful of listeners to where we are today. It’s been slow but it’s been steady growth.

Let’s face it, chiropractic research isn’t all that sexy and it’s certainly niche-y but for the narrow target audience it’s aimed at, we have a solid listenership regularly tuning in to hear me make stupid jokes and share some educational knowledge nuggets with you.  We’re learning together and I’m glad to have you along for the ride. Don’t forget to share with your friends that might find it useful as well. I sure would appreciate 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. 

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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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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  

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