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the-state-of-the-chiropractic-professionAs The American Chiropractor celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary, our panel of leaders look back on just how far the chiropractic profession has come and what lies ahead.     Dr. Louis Sportelli President of NCMIC Dr. Sportelli has served in many capacities throughout his 47-year career in chiropractic. He is currently serving as President of NCMIC Group ...
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Richard R. Shaker, D.C., R.T.P., C.P.T.I., C.C.S.P., A.C.R.B., C.S.C.S.
chiropractic-in-the-nflFor four seasons in the NFL, after having suffered a chest injury while playing my rookie year, I had not been able to breathe properly. I also had severe pain in my chest and rib cage. Previous to Dr. Shaker, I had seen every medical specialist, including other chiropractors—no one could help me. I was struggling to survive in...
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Roger Russo, D.C.
how-to-attract-seniors Doctors, look around your office, clear out the deadwood and do something different that will change lives and your practice. Decide what type of practice you want and what type of patients you want to serve. Find out as much as you can about that group’s wants and needs; give it to them and watch your practice grow. We...
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Arthur Croft, D.C.
25-years-of-whiplash-research Dr. Croft is the Founding Director of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. He has been actively engaged in whiplash research for the past twenty-five years and has co-authored a best-selling textbook on whiplash (Whiplash Injuries: the Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, 3rd edition, 2002) and temporomandibular joint disorders (Whiplash and Temporomandibular Disorders: an Interdisciplinary Approach to Case Management), along...
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TAC Staff
second-generation-chiropractor-in-the-trenches-for-broad-based-educationDr. Richard G. Brassard was appointed president of Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) in 2004, following several years of association with TCC as a member and chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a 1965 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Jerry Brassard. He is licensed to practice in both Texas...
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TAC Staff
up-close-and-personal-the-proadjuster-edgeRight off the heels of the most successful ProAdjuster National Symposium ever, The American Chiropractor magazine’s Editorial Board Member, Dr. Frank Corbo, had the opportunity to sit down with ProAdjuster President and CEO, Dr. Maurice A. Pisciottano.  The testimonials were still pouring in from the May National, one of two annual ProAdjuster Business Symposiums, and it is being described as...
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Interviews
Steve Thaxton, D.C.
treating-everything-from-anger-to-zygomycosisDr. Steve Thaxton is a graduate of Abilene Christian University (ACU) and Parker College of Chiropractic, a Board Certified Acupuncturist and Rehabilitation Specialist, and Brimhall certified. Dr. Thaxton served as the personal chiropractor and fitness consultant for the rock band Guns N’ Roses for their 2-1/2 year world tour, and has also been Jon Bon Jovi’s personal chiropractor and personal fitness...
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George Curry, DC
helping-people-get-their-lives-backFor Dr. George Curry, chiropractic is truly a family affair.  “I graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1982, my stepfather graduated from Palmer in the 60's, my stepbrother in the 70’s and my nephew graduated in 2002.  The two oldest of my six children plan to enroll in chiropractic college in 2006 and 2008,” says Dr. Curry. This Connecticut-based...
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James Mathis
how-to-get-paidJames J. Mathis has been employed in the insurance industry for more than fifteen years.  Formerly with Allstate Insurance and State Farm Insurance, during that time, he was also a claim representative as well as a manager in charge of all Med-Pay claims and Personal Injury Protection claims in the State of Washington.  In addition, he was designated the company...
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TAC Staff
the-amazing-chiropractor-series-interview-with-terry-schroeder-dcDr. Terry Schroeder is the USA’s only four time Olympian in the sport of water polo.  He was a member of Team USA during the Olympic boycott in 1980.  After the boycott, Terry re-focused and dedicated himself to pursuing his Olympic dream. In 1981, he was named the team captain. His leadership helped the team to consecutive silver medals in...
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Steve Shanks
low-level-lasers-for-pain-therapyInterview with Steve Shanks, Vice President of Erchonia Medical. TAC: Tell us about your product and what it does? Shanks: The Erchonia laser is the first low level laser to receive FDA market clearance; Erchonia opened a whole new industry in non-invasive patient care. We currently have FDA approval for chronic neck and shoulder pain and post-surgical pain. We should have another...
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Todd Singleton, D.C.
one-doctors-solution-to-the-insurance-problemIncrease Your Practice by Expanding Your Focus from the 7% to 12% of Your Town Who Seek Chiropractic Care, to the 66% to 86% of Your Town Who Are Seeking This…   Todd Singleton, D.C., is an author, speaker, consultant and a practicing doctor.  He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1990.  For many years he ran the largest...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
popular-topic-inflammationMost of my columns revolve around discussing how inflammation promotes most diseases, and how we can reduce inflammation with nutrition. Some docs find this subject confusing, as they believe that inflammation equals healing. Indeed, inflammation is needed for healing after injury; however, chronic inflammation is a driver of most diseases. DC's need to be aware of this fact because patients are...
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Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C.
is-lyrica-the-magic-bullet-for-fibromyalgia Doctors and their patients continue to search for the magic bullet that will cure fibromyalgia. Elavil, Klonopin, Flexeril, SSRI’s, Ambien, Neurontin, and Cymbalta have all, at one time or another, been promoted as the latest and greatest "new" drug for fibromyalgia. The fibromyalgia drug du jour, Lyrica, has seemingly topped them all by becoming the first FDA approved drug...
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Mark Percival, D.C., N.D.
all-things-a-poison-plus-silicon-an-overlooked-trace-mineralIf you are recommending trace minerals to your patients, chances are you are recommending toxic substances.  The strange paradox is, many of these toxic minerals are also essential for life!  With the recent popularity of coral calcium, colloidal mineral cocktails, and other supplements containing seventy or more trace minerals, the question of how toxic elements, such as arsenic, cadmium, antimony,...
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Dr. Frank J. King, Dr. Brice Vickery & Dr. Paul Yanick
nutrition-techniquesTAC:  Please describe a “nutritional maintenance program” for your patients who are generally healthy. King:  Homeopathy offers much to proactively build health.  While nutrition works on a biochemical level, homeopathy works bioenergetically, correcting nerve interferences throughout the whole nervous system.  Contemporary biofeedback response tests, like AK, leg length and electro-acupuncture tests, work very well to confirm which homeopathic remedies an...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-new-lifestyle-chiropractic-exercise-nutrition-a-wellnessPhysical Activity and Good Nutrition It’s a sad fact that chronic disease accounts for seven of every ten U.S.  deaths, and for more than 60% of medical care expenditures.  The prolonged illness and disability associated with many chronic diseases decrease quality of life for millions of Americans.  The chiropractic profession long has taken the stance that, with proper intervention and education,...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
are-you-qcorn-oiledq-and-chronically-inflamedIs corn a vegetable, seed, or grain? I am not exactly sure. In her excellent text, Know Your Fats, Dr. Mary Enig (lipid chemist) tells us that whole corn is an herbaceous plant.1  In The Paleodiet, Dr. Loren Cordain places corn in the cereal grain category, and urges us to avoid the consumption of corn.2 Cordain is currently a professor...
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Orthotics
Kirk Lee, D.C.
make-me-run-fasterHow many times have you heard from an athlete, “Make me run faster!” or “Improve my performance!”? Many athletes would gladly take a little pain for better performance and faster speed. However, ignoring the warning signs of pain can be a no-no! We know that the long-term outcome of living for today and not for the future can lead to...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
shin-splints-in-an-amateur-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 28-year-old graphic artist who has been running regularly for the past ten years.  She reports the recent onset and gradual worsening of pain in the front of her right lower leg, which is now limiting her physical activity routines.  The leg pain is described as an “aching soreness” that has been getting progressively...
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a-better-life-by-avoiding-the-knifeHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old male who describes persistent pain and occasional stiffness in his right knee that is not associated with any specific activity.  He reports at least two years of recurring episodes of medial knee pain that just comes and goes with no swelling or inflammation.  Previous evaluations, including a knee MRI, have resulted in...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
arch-collapse-in-an-active-womanHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 62-year-old female presents with a recent history of moderate pain in her lower back.  Her back pain responds well to chiropractic adjustments, but recurs within a couple of days.  There are no specific triggering activities, although being up and active seems to bring on the pain more rapidly.  She describes her current level of low back...
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TAC Staff
news-of-the-profession Chiropractic in Military Medicine Chiropractic services are offered at several United States military bases and veterans healthcare locations. An article in the June 2009 issue of the journal Military Medicine discusses, in an effort to increase awareness and improve interdisciplinary collaboration, when to refer patients for chiropractic care. The article titled "Chiropractic in US military and veterans’ health care" by Drs....
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Dr. Paul B. Bindell, D.C.
marketing-using-your-ehr-computer-system  Everyone knows that Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are mandated under an assortment of Federal laws and Presidential edicts. Other than maintaining patient SOAP documentation and billing records, the better EHR programs include many marketing tools to build your practice and increase your income. How much income did your computer create for you? Is your computer program capable of doing more...
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Practice Management
Tom Owen III, D.C.
thoughts-on-sailing-and-chiropracticThoughts on Sailing and Chiropractic by Tom Owen III, and Todd Osborne, D.C. Sometimes there are situations in our lives that desorient us   My father, Dr. Thomas Owen, has often made the statement, “Every principle in business and in life can be related to flying an airplane or sailing a boat.”  Growing up we spent a large amount of time sailing in the...
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David Singer, D.C.
the-greatest-practice-building-secretIn our daily activities, we naturally gravitate toward doing those things that we feel most comfortable doing. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why this is. It’s because no one likes to feel UNcomfortable, especially over a sustained period of time. Thus, we do what is comfortable. The sphere of activities that we are comfortable...
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Gregg Friedman, DC
how-chiropractic-will-thrive-in-the-21st-century"That which is our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness.”  That sounds like a profound quote from some eccentric philosopher.  It’s not.  I just made it up. But, as far as chiropractic is concerned, I’m convinced it’s the truth. Our offices are full of testimonials from patients who swear that we’ve helped them when no one else had.  Some of...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
to-be-or-not-to-bean-associate-doctorThese 8 questions will help you decide if you should become an associate or start your own practice.     1. Are you inexperienced, but don’t want outside help?     2. Is your ego too big to pay for - and listen to expert advice?     3. Can you raise the money?     4. Are you willing to work 70 hours a week?     5. Are you too scared to open...
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Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
double-your-practice-without-leaving-your-front-doorDouble Your Practice Without Leaving Your Front Door by Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP   Over the years as a practice consultant, I always get the same question: "How can I get more new patients?" This seems to the mantra of the masses! This seems to be the only or best way to build a practice for most. There...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
what-do-you-see-chiropractic-looking-like-in-10-15-yearsA careful examination of recent legislation provides a profound insight on how health care will be delivered in the future and on how chiropractic will look in the decades ahead.  The current level of unemployment in our nation is low to none.  Practically the entire country is employed.  Private insurance carriers no longer hold the purse strings of reimbursement.  The...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Tim Maggs, D.C.
100-of-my-patients-get-custom-orthotics-what-about-yours  We all are victims, in many ways, of the existing healthcare crisis.  The auto industry is addressing their crisis through new laws for improved mileage per gallon and stricter pollution controls.  The energy crisis continues to search for more efficient and alternative means to produce renewable energy.  The healthcare crisis, unlike the above two, is merely shifting responsibilities with regard...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
an-occult-lesion-of-the-calcaneusHISTORY This active adolescent athlete sprained his foot while playing tennis.  Radiographs revealed a large radiolucent lesion in the calcaneus.  What is this? DIAGNOSIS:  SIMPLE BONE CYST The geographic lytic expansile lesion in the floor of the calcaneus is well circumscribed and has all the characteristic appearances of a benign lesion.  Benign lytic lesions of the calcaneus are most commonly simple bone cysts...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
thoracic-spine-compression-fractures CASE HISTORY This 70-year old female lost her balance and stepped off the curb and experienced severe lower thoracic pain. DIAGNOSIS Observe the compression fractures of the T7, T8 and T9 vertebral bodies. Note the osteoporosis which contributed to the weakening of the vertebrae allowing these fractures to occur with minimal trauma. GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS   Radiographic Signs of Vertebral Compression Fracture....
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.
os-odontoideumCASE HISTORY This young adult patient presents with neck pain following an MVA.  You note an abnormality in the upper cervical spine at C1 & C2.  Is this a fracture?   DISCUSSION Anomalies of the odontoid process are considered uncommon (1) and are usually discovered by the principle “traumatic determinism.”  This means that the underlying condition predated the injury and is not caused by...
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Paul Sherman, D.C.
a-case-of-radish Discussion:     RA/DISH is a disorder involving two conditions: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), which is also known as Forestiers disease or ankylosing hyperostosis.1,3,5 RA is considered the most common inflammatory arthritide.1 It is a systemic connective tissue disorder that primarily affects the synovial lined joints.1 It is characterized by an inflammatory, hyperplastic...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R.
spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-lets-get-it-right-and-stir-things-up The topic of spondylolysis and/or spondylolisthesis has been clouded with confusion for many years. To understand the true etiology as a stress fracture rather than an inherited congenital anomaly or predisposition has been a lifelong quest for me. The normally developing pars interarticulares is a fully ossified structure at birth and without a local synchondrosis to undergo nonunion. There has...
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Rehabilition
Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
a-discussion-with-old-friendsThey’re back!  Well, for most of you we are. The majority of you have read at least something one of us has written in anything from a newspaper format to the journal Spine. But, here we are again an in a new forum for us. What we’ve been asked to do is to write about rehab. Now this is something...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
get-those-patients-walkingNow that we are in the middle of summer, many of our patients ask us about outdoor activities and what they should do and not do. We usually instruct our patients to warm up a little with some walking and some simple range of motion stretches involving the major muscle groups before starting their outdoor projects. For our more sedimentary...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
extension-traction-good-for-discs Chiropractors have long used spinal traction methods to relieve abnormal pressure and bulging of the IVD. The more popular methods have employed long axis traction and/or flexion distraction to relieve IVD (intervertebral disc) pressure. Consequently, many doctors are reluctant to employ extension traction methods which seem so radically different. I'm frequently asked if extension traction is good for injured...
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
building-your-practice-on-a-strong-foundationBuilding Your Practice on a Strong Foundation by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   In keeping with this month’s focus on practice management and coaching, I wanted to take a slightly different twist with this article. While I make no pretense at being a practice manager or coach, I have started and operated two successful practices in my career plus...
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
dirty-harry-scoliosis-and-youDirty Harry, Scoliosis And You by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   A man has got to know his limitations." Clint Eastwood growls the famous line right after administering a lethal case of justice to some villain foolish enough to take on Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan. Just goes to show there are some things in life you shouldn’t ever try....
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
the-functional-approach-to-rehab-exerciseSelecting the ideal exercises for patients with back conditions requires judgment based on clinical experience and scientific evidence.  There are several approaches to rehabilitation, and many different types of exercises are available; however, patients have a limited amount of time, willingness, and enthusiasm to exercise.  Therefore, we must always try to give our patients the most effective exercises for their...
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Techniques
Tedd Koren, D.C.
head-banging-thumb-sucking-kst-and-chiropracticHead banging has been reported in 3.3 to 15.2 percent of "normal" children,2 but is more common in children with cerebral palsy, mental retardation, schizophrenia, autism, otitis media, teething, decreased visual acuity and certain genetic syndromes.3 The medical approach The medical profession considers head banging a relatively harmless way of releasing tension: "If the sound...
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Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
thoracic-kyphosis-part-iIn my experience, there is a general lack of appreciation of both the need for radiographic views of the thoracic spine and the influence of the thoracic spine on whole body alignment and health potential. It is for these reasons that I offer this particular series of articles introducing my thoughts on the thoracic kyphosis to readership of the The...
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Ted Koren, D.C.
adjusting-disksAn alternative to spinal surgery Sometimes the most difficult cases are not due to subluxations of the vertebrae but to subluxations of the disks. As Richard Van Rumpt, DC, developer of directional non-force technique (DNFT) said decades ago, “If the disks are subluxated, the vertebrae won’t hold.” Is it possible to adjust disks? Yes, it is possible to easily...
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Anthony Criscuolo, DC
energize-your-practice-with-active-release-techniques-artHow would you like to dramatically improve your patient outcomes and have patients enthusiastic about their treatment?  Would you like to see positive post treatment changes in range of motion, muscle strength, and pain in one treatment?  Well, thousands of doctors have discovered these benefits and more by utilizing ART in their practices. So, what is ART? ART is a hands-on touch...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
but-i-feel-fineHow did you know that? Picture the scene. I’m checking people during a recent Masters Circle seminar using Koren Specific Technique (KST). I had just given a talk. The line of doctors and CA’s waiting to be adjusted was long. As I expect, people are having incredible responses. But what’s often most fascinating is the ability to tell them what...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-importance-of-x-rays-in-todays-chiropractic-practice When I graduated from chiro-practic college in 1978, I elected to come back to my home state of New York to practice. At the time, the law didn’t allow for chiropractors to X-ray below L2. Chiropractors couldn’t order X-rays below L2. We were reduced to hoping there were no pathologies or contraindications. Since that time, I’ve come across a...
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