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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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crash-course-on-personal-injury-practice-successCrash Course on Personal Injury Practice Success Interview with Personal Injury Practitioner Dr. Tom Arnold     Dr. Tom Arnold is a december 1989 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and began practicing in early 1990. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Arnold explains what it is like to be a doctor with approximately 95...
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Kathy Mills Chang
coding-the-right-way Since 1983, Kathy Mills Chang has been providing chiropractors with hands-on training, advice and a broad range of solutions aimed to effectively assess and improve the financial performance of their practices. A well-known and sought-after speaker, Kathy Mills Chang has served in National and State level chiropractic organizations, sits on diverse boards and advisory councils related to the profession, and...
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TAC Staff
the-future-is-here-chiropractic-collegesWhile there might be debate about where the future of chiropractic is headed, it’s certain that the colleges have a large influence.  That’s why TAC has compiled a comprehensive list of chiropractic colleges, to help illustrate the direction of the education of future chiropractors and of chiropractic as a whole. Each college has provided their primary and elective techniques, and...
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Susan Blackard, R.N., N.D.C, M.H.A., F.N.P.C
whats-your-solution-the-real-skinny-on-our-obesity-epidemic-no-pun-intendedIs there any one contributor to chronic health conditions more prevalent and dangerous than obesity? National obesity rates among adults has doubled since 1980 alone, yet it seems to be overlooked and misunderstood more often than any other disease catalyst. The explosion of weight loss products and the plethora of theories behind weight gain have seemingly done nothing more than...
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Frederick Carrick, D.C.
neurology-a-chiropractic Frederick Robert Carrick, D.C., Ph.D., is the Distinguished Post Graduate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Logan University and is Parker College of Chiropractic’s Professor Emeritus of Neurology. He serves as the President of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Neurology and is the President of the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties of the American Chiropractic Association. Professor Carrick is...
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Interviews
Tim Emsky
turning-the-tablesEmsky founded CERT Health Sciences in 2001 after spending more than six years managing and operating back clinics that provided spinal decompression therapy. After his experience with these clinics and getting feedback from other doctors, Emsky saw a need for a table that improved patient comfort as well as accommodated a wider variety of patients. Emsky led a team of...
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Dr. Daniel J. Murphy D.C., D.A.B.C.O.
interview-with-dan-murphy-dcWith this issue’s focus on Seminars & Education Opportunities, The American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews one of the most knowledgeable and respected speakers and educators in the chiropractic profession, Dr. Daniel Murphy. A 1978 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, Dr. Murphy began clinical practice in 1978, in Oregon.  Not long after, he became a part-time faculty member at Life Chiropractic College...
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Cory Littman, DC, DAAMLP
chiropractic-as-primary-care-for-the-spine-the-paradigm-has-changed-interview-with-william-owens-dc-daamlpDr. William Owens has been in practice for 15 years in Buffalo, New York.  He has  a practice that focuses on the care and triage of the traumatically injured.  Early on in his career, Dr. Owens had the opportunity to help build two hospital-based chiropractic clinics: one of which allowed chiropractors to become credentialed as medical staff as opposed to...
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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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TAC Staff
can-cloud-computing-really-save-you-thousands-annuallyInterview with Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A., F.I.C.C. His vision to elevate the profession and increase chiropractic access The American Chiropractor recently heard about a new Electronic Health Records (EHR)/practice management software product from Future Health that the company has decided to give away free. Like many of you, we wondered, “What’s the catch?”  So we sat down with Future...
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reflecting-on-the-past-and-focused-on-the-future-interview-with-dr-patrick-gentempoDr. Patrick Gentempo is the CEO of Action Potential Holdings, Inc. and is arguably one of the best-known figures in the chiropractic profession today. He has acted as cofounder and chief executive of well-known entities within the profession. These include the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA), Creating Wellness Alliance (CWA), and Chiro Finishing School. CLA has brought critical technology to the...
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Nutrition
Freddie Ulan, D.C.
adding-a-successful-nutritional-component-to-your-chiropractic-practice I have studied many different patient management systems designed for chiropractors over the past twenty-five years.  But practitioners who try to use chiropractic systems to manage the nutritional aspects of a patient’s case will find themselves falling short of true success.  I had the same problem until I made the discovery that, while a chiropractic patient may benefit from...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
flaxseed-for-heart-healthy-nutrition The use of flaxseed in food and beverages, functional foods and dietary supplements has risen dramatically. Such increased popularity is related to the increasingly recognized benefits of flax’s rich omega-3 fatty acid, lignans (powerful phytonutrient phytoestrogens/antioxidants) and fiber content. A typical flax profile is approximately 40 percent fat, being mostly omega-3 as alpha linolenic acid (ALA); 28 percent dietary...
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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
understanding-eicosanoids-and-dietWhat is the Zone? The concept of maintaining drugs within a therapeutic zone is well known to physicians.  Below that therapeutic zone, the drug is ineffective, and above that therapeutic zone, the drug is toxic.  The same concept can be applied to the hormones generated by the food you eat.  There are two hormonal systems that are controlled by the...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-chiropractic-connection-the-structural-manifestations-of-elevated-homocysteine-levels Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. The pharmaceutical industry spends an enormous amount of money on advertising prescription drugs that will lower “bad” LDL cholesterol to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke. In fact, according to a report aired on 60 Minutes,1 much more money is spent on advertising than...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
the-truth-about-the-dangers-of-cox-2-inhibitorsAs most readers are aware, Vioxx was recalled from the marketplace in late September of  2004. It was discovered that a significant number of patients taking Vioxx suffered from heart attacks or strokes. A total of three COX-2 inhibitors have been in the marketplace. These drugs are sometimes referred to as “coxibs;” celecoxib (Celebrex), rofecoxib (Vioxx), and valdecoxib (Bextra). Celebrex and...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
chiropractic-and-prescription-drug-use-restless-leg-syndromeAn important part of every case history, and even ongoing case notes, should be knowledge of the patient’s prescription and over-the-counter drug use. This has always been important because drugs mask symptoms and physical findings that are important in making an accurate assessment of the need for chiropractic care. However, at the dawn of the 21st century, prescription drug abuse...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-knee-pain-in-a-tennis-playerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 48-year-old real estate broker, who is also the president of the local Chamber of Commerce.  She reports pain in the front of her right knee, over the past several months, especially when playing tennis.  She denies any specific injury, and has no obvious swelling or discoloration.  She reports that she takes ibuprofen for...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
bunions-bother-a-businesswomanHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old female, who is the regional sales representative for several lines of gift items and pottery. She reports frequent pain in her feet, worse on the right side. The aching pain is located around the base of her first toes, both of which have a noticeable bulge. This pain is now interfering with her visits to...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
is-your-little-leaguer-pitching-too-muchShoulder injuries are common in sports. The category of rotator cuff injuries has numerous names ranging from painful arc syndrome, bursitis of the shoulder, or rotator cuff tears, to just name a few—all usually present with decreased range of motion and pain in the shoulder area. There are three groups of people who are most vulnerable to these types of...
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TAC Staff
forum-your-letters-a-emails-Dear Sirs, I read with interest the two letters that appeared in your May 2009 issue regarding Personal Injury. Dr. Anonymous raised a few issues but he painted with a very broad brush. More interesting was Dr. Studin’s reply. I quite enjoyed Dr. Studin’s thoughtful, articulate and imaginative article in response to the anonymous and clearly...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
a-non-surgical-approach-to-chronic-knee-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 41-year-old male, who describes persistent pain and occasional stiffness in his left knee, which is not associated with any specific activity.  He reports several 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 a diagnosis...
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growth-asymmetry-in-an-outdoorsmanHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 41-year-old male presents with recurring episodes of pain in his low back and left hip. He recalls no injury to the region, and cannot identify any precipitating activities or events. On a Visual Analog Scale, he rates his low back pain as varying from 30mm to 65mm, while the left hip pain is usually around 35mm.  He...
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Practice Management
Michael Failla, D.C.
streamlining-your-data Recently I have talked to a number of doctors about the types of software that they are using in their offices and it has become apparent to me that many of them have taken a piecemeal approach to creating a paperless office. They are using one program for billing, another for scheduling and yet another for doctors notes. Often these...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
why-and-how-to-conduct-a-hipaa-walkthroughMuch like the safety audits your office already performs, a walk-through can prevent violations before the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights gets involved. Whether inspections are announced or executed without your staff’s knowledge, experts agree that they should be done at least annually for all departments and more often for high-risk areas. If you’ve found...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
financial-management-for-officesLook beyond next year! This article begins our series on budgeting for your chiropractic practice. We’re starting now so it concludes this fall, when you can use it to develop your practice’s 2006 budget. So many chiropractors have no budget, no plan. We bill and hope to ...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
understanding-is-key-to-retentionPatient Retention in a chiropractic practice is defined as the number of times a patient visits your office for chiropractic care.  In order to increase your Patient Retention, you need to increase your patient’s level of understanding.  Patients will follow your recommendations for care if they have a high level of understanding about how your care is helping them.  Retention...
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Peter G. Fernandez, D.C.
murphys-law-3-when-starting-a-practiceDoing your own remodeling… will cost you more. Murphy's Law” is an old adage that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". When you start a new practice you’ll experience many examples of Murphy laws.  I’ve opened over 3,000 new practices. Just when I think I’ve heard them all, a new twist on Murphy’s Law...
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Fred Di Domenico, D.C.
staff-your-most-valuable-asset When assessing the assets of your practice, your staff should be your most coveted element. Nothing can make or break your practice like your staff. A well-trained, happy staff propels your practice to new heights. An unhappy, unmotivated staff is a "ball and chain" that will doom your every good intention. You cannot outperform a bad staff. If your...
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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
vacuum-phenomenon-DISCUSSION The vacuum sign (of Knuttson) is an important early radiographic finding.1 Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.2  Studies have shown this to be a common sign of disc aging and degeneration, with an incidence of two to three percent in the...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
librarian-overdue-for-pelvic-pain-relief History and Presenting Symptoms A 37-year-old female describes a history of occasional pain in her lower back region, most noticeable on the left side.  She states that her low back pain “just seems to come and go,” with no obvious triggering activities.  Her pain is localized to the posterior hip region, and does not extend below the pelvis.  She is...
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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.
multiple-myeloma HISTORY This 65-year-old female patient presents with acute symptoms of right-sided radiculopathy, paresthesia and pain in the right upper extremity. There has been no trauma. DIAGNOSIS Observe the gross osteoporosis about the entire cervical spine. There has been pathological collapse of the C5 vertebral body, which is uniform in configuration. This is very characteristic of a malignant...
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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.
vertebra-plana-what-is-the-real-cause History This 12-year-old male patient presents with neck pain, following heading a soccer ball. Discussion Eosinophilic granuloma is the least severe but most common (60-80%) of all the histiocytoses.1,2 Peak incidence comes between the ages of 5 and 10 years and 75% of cases occur in individuals less than 20 years of age. Symptoms primarily are localized pain and swelling of less than...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
pending-spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-whats-it-all-meanCase History This 18-year-old female gymnast is complaining of unilateral left-sided lumbar spine pain at the L5 level.  Standard plain film radiographs show no evidence of pathology, pars defects or spondylolisthesis.  Because this patient’s pain did not respond to conservative treatment, an MRI scan was performed for further evaluation.   Imaging Findings of this Patient Observe the area of bright (white) signal intensity seen...
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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.
osteoarthritis-of-the-handDegenerative Joint Disease (DJD) General considerations: • Non-inflammatory degeneration of joint cartilage with secondary effects on adjacent bone. • The most common form of arthritis. • Synonyms include osteoarthritis. Clinical Features: • Pain, stiffness, crepitus, deformity and swelling, with normal laboratory studies. • Three types identified:  Primary, secondary and erosive. Primary: Unknown cause, 5th-6th decade, females 10-1, weight-bearing joints. Secondary: Known cause, 2nd-6th decade, equal sex distribution, any joint. Erosive osteoarthritis (EOA):...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
preventing-injury-during-summer-activitiesWith the approach of summer, more of our patients are turning their attention to getting outdoors and exercising. Activities can range from walking to the mailbox to running local 5K races. Regardless of our patients’ activity levels, an important factor in keeping them out of pain is addressing the shoes they are wearing. Different Activities, Different Needs Commonly, someone who begins...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
rehab-after-injuryCommunication skills are vital to achieving good results when dealing with patients after an injury. One of the most important components of post-injury rehabilitation is to give very clear instructions when the patients first start to exercise. This is because it is easy for patients to do too little or too much, and both will interfere with the desired outcome....
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
worlds-best-traction There are basically two types of chiropractors: those concerned with correcting spines and those who aren't. Truthfully, the latter group probably won't even bother reading this article. Since you're here, I'll assume you have at least some genuine interest in trying to deliver real and lasting structural corrections to your patients. As you've probably found out, it's kind of hard...
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Christian H. Reichardt, D.C., C.C.S.P.
vibrational-therapy-and-the-aging-baby-boomers Looking at recent statistics, the boomer population is going to increase by almost 70 percent over the next fifteen years. This is the fastest growing population segment of our society! The three most common musculo-skeletal ailments afflicting this group are osteoporosis, lack of flexibility and strength, as well as balance. In this article, I will show that Whole Body...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
case-report-lumbar-disc-lesion-with-altered-lordosisIntroduction In our last article, we presented the history of lumbar traction for normalization of the lumbar lordosis in chiropractic.  In this article, we will present a case report of a patient with a herniated lumbar intervertebral disc, who had been referred to us by a medical neurologist. Case report Figure 1A demonstrates the pre-treatment lateral lumbar radiograph of a 28-year-old female travel...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
are-your-shoes-killing-youDuring my early years of practice, while working with youth sports, I met an Athletic Trainer named Bob Ragsland (“Rags”). He had been working with college athletes for many years and emphasized to me the importance of proper equipment fitting. I spent many hours with him learning techniques for fitting shoulder pads, helmets and other sports equipment. Then, one afternoon at...
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Techniques
Peter M. Ferraro, DC
manipulation-under-anesthesia-or-joint-anesthesiaManipulation under Anesthesia (MUA) has been shown to be a viable approach in the treatment of chronic recalcitrant spinal pain.  The results have been remarkable in many patients who have exhausted efforts using conventional models of conservative management. “Because of the advancement of new medications and the use of conscious sedation, the anesthesia element of the MUA makes the procedure one...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
adjusting-the-holographic-body-part-three-locating-and-correcting-emotional-subluxationsIf the body is sick, the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick, the body and spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick, there will be no will to care for the body or mind. – J.R. Worsley Posture of subluxation (POS) In Parts one and two we discussed how some...
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M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.
new-brain-science-old-school-thinking-a-closer-look-at-the-best-technique  Almost 50 years ago, I entered Logan College with a master’s degree in science education.  Although chiropractic was described as an “art and a science,” I was most interested in the science.  I was taught that the science of this profession evolved and revolved around the concept of encroachment of a nerve in the spine, specifically the intervertebral foramen (IVF). ...
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Randy B. Reed, D.C., C.C.S.P.
i-cant-believe-its-not-traction  After spending the better part of the last 6 years developing a seminar for Continuing Education Credits and speaking to over 2000 Chiropractors, Neuro & Orthopedic Surgeons, Osteopaths, and Physical Therapists on “Axial Decompression and Core Rehab for the Lumbar Disc Patient”, I am still amazed and intrigued by the one question that mainly chiropractors ask me.  I am asked...
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R.B. Mawhiney, DC
preventing-sids-sudden-infant-death-syndromeOH, NO!!! PLEASE, LORD, NO!!! She has stopped breathing! CALL 911!! HURRY!!! This happens up to five thousand (reported) times a year in the United States. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has become a scourge to young and old parents, alike. I have raised three children and have suffered through many nights wondering if I should shake my child to see if it’s...
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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
bioset-the-ultimate-allergy-elimination-systemBioSET™ (Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy) is a modern healing system that combines the ancient science of acupuncture and the body’s meridian system and 21st century electromagnetic technology and computer software for the diagnosis of food and environmental allergies, chemical sensitivities, toxicity, and weakness of organ systems. Developed over the last 25 years, this desensitization protocol has had great success...
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