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nutritional-support-for-healthNutritional Support for Health   Many Chiropractors use some form of nutritional support to assist in the healing process of their patients. See here, in alphabetical order, the newest nutritional products in the market to suggest to your patients and/or add to your practice.     Anabolic Labs: Ultra K2D3 Price Range: $10 doctors’ price; $20 patients’ price (this is a one to two month supply) Product...
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Marc J. Lamantia, D.C., and Gary A. Deutchman, D.C.
review-of-the-literature-non-operative-scoliosis-treatmentReview of the Literature: Non - Operative Scoliosis Treatment by Marc J. Lamantia, D.C., and Gary A. Deutchman, D.C.   Without intervention, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is a condition which is likely to progress between the time of detection and the time of skeletal maturity.1 This makes early detection, with the intent of early intervention of...
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David Chapman-Smith
the-international-growth-of-chiropracticWhat’s ahead for chiropractic? In the following interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), David Chapman-Smith and Sira Borges, D.C., discuss the rapid growth of chiropractic in Latin America and worldwide. TAC: What are the roles of the WFC and FLAQ?Chapman-Smith:  Details of the WFC, whose voting members are national associations of chiropractors in eighty-six countries, including both the American...
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inspiring-millions-to-become-more-fulfilled-and-successfulInspiring Millions to Become More Fulfilled and Successful   Dr. John F. Demartini earned his Bachelor of Science degree while majoring in Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston in 1978 and was accepted at Texas Chiropractic College earlier that year. In 1982, Dr. Demartini acquired his Doctorate Degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude, as Salutatorian...
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instrument-adjusting-panel• Activator Adjusting Instrument • Impac’s Pro-ArthoStim • Neuromechanical Innovations’ Impulse® and Impulse iQ® • Sense Technology’s PulStar So many great adjusting instruments out there, but who’s got the time to figure out which one is right for them, right? Well, as always, we here at The American Chiropractor Magazine know exactly what you are looking for. We...
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by-chiropractors-for-chiropractors-since-1979Three Cheers for The American Chiropractor magazine!  Hip, Hip, Hooray!  This marks the 30th anniversary for The American Chiropractor in publication, and things have never been more exciting!     Our Mission Evolving over the years from its beginning as a high energy upstart, for the "Education and Entertainment of The American Chiropractor," today The American Chiropractor (TAC) is "Dedicated to the...
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Interviews
William Koch, D.C.
chiropractic-biophysics-technique-interview-with-deed-harrison-dc Dr. Don Harrison has been a tireless Chiropractic researcher and scientist for more than 35 years.  Originator of Chiropractic BiophysicsTechnique (CBP), Dr. Don conducted his research and reported his findings according to established scientific standards and protocols. His diligence and expertise have been rewarded by a high level of acceptance by the scientific community. Dr. Don’s outstanding career as a Chiropractor,...
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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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William H. Koch, DC interviews
interview-with-jeff-rockwell-dc-of-manual-neuroscience-methodsr-Dr. Jeff Rockwell, DC is a chiropractor, bodyworker and somatic educator, with a passionate interest in the neuroscience of manual therapy.  A pioneer in the use of instrumentation in neuromuscular therapy, Rockwell has been a popular teacher on the seminar circuit for the past twenty years. Professor of Clinical Sciences at Parker University for many years, he is the author...
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Perry Isenberg
lotions-gels-and-creamsTAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of Performance Health, Inc. Isenberg: Performance Health, Inc. was formed in 1991 as the corporation charged with bringing Biofreeze Pain Relief to the healthcare market to enhance therapeutic modalities and relieve patient pain and discomfort between office visits.  In 1990, my partner, Craig Cox, met an international botanical chemist who had formulated a...
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Harold McCoy, D.C.
mccoys-track-recordWith almost 30 years of experience in practice, Dr. Harold McCoy has established quite a track record in incorporating chiropractic to achieve optimal sports performance in world-class athletes. It all started in the 80’s, when Dr. McCoy treated Olympic athletes like Evander Holyfield and served seven years at the University of Washington as part of the Multidisciplinary Sports Medicine Staff,...
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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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Nutrition
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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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-many-clinical-faces-of-protein-deficiencyIf the Chiropractic Profession were to “Discover the Secret” of improving protein digestion and assimilation, it could transform the health care marketplace almost overnight! That is not an exaggeration. Almost impossible to detect in its early stages with ordinary lab tests such as blood work, protein deficiency is behind many of the most persistent chief complaints for which patients enter...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C
iron-deficiency-and-innate-intelligenceOne of my fondest memories of my chiropractic education occurred following a particular lecture on the Philosophy of Chiropractic. I remember leaving the classroom full of resolve and enthusiasm, believing that all I needed to get sick people well was the chiropractic philosophy and a system of specific spinal adjustments. I expressed this idea to a classmate who asked what...
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Dr. Dan Murphy, D.C.
nutrient-intake-and-plasma-beta-amyloid-neurologyColumnist Review by Dr. Dan Murphy, D.C.    Y. Gu, PhD, N. Schupf, PhD, S.A. Cosentino, PhD, J.A. Luchsinger,MD, N. Scarmeas, MD: From the Department of Neurology and Department of Medicine, Columbia University, New YorkKey Points From This Study: An important pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is B-amyloid (AB) peptide (mainly AB40 and AB42) deposition in the brain, resulting in formation of...
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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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Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., M.S., and Rick Bramos
obesity-why-exercise-doesnt-workAre you guilty of recommending exercise to help your overweight patients lose unwanted fat? The answer could have a major impact on your clinical outcomes. Do you really believe that juggling balls for a few minutes daily—as seen on NBC recently—will burn enough calories to get the job done?   Do you not find the advice to buy a pedometer to track...
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Orthotics
Dr. Paul B. Bindell, D.C.
audit-proof-your-practice The curse is that insurance companies use computers to burden and audit you. The blessing is greater because the computer protects you from audits, minimizes paperwork and eliminates 95% of paper filing.   Doctors praise Electronic Health Record (EHR) computers. When audited, those doctors produced high quality SOAP records that matched the bills. The only loss was a small amount of...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
hip-pain-in-a-soccer-starHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 14-year-old soccer player who reports frequent pain in her right hip and posterior thigh region for the past several months.  This is most noticeable the day after a strenuous soccer competition or scrimmage when she has obvious tightness and tension in the back of her upper right thigh.  She denies any specific injury...
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motion-limitations-hamper-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient, a 33-year-old female, is a marketing director who took up running for stress reduction and weight loss. She has been running for six months and has progressively increased her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her left foot, as well as increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
low-back-pain-leads-to-lifestyle-changes History and Presenting Symptoms A 41-year-old male presents with a history of recurring episodes of mild to moderate pain in his lower back. He states that his back pain just seems to come and go, with no specific triggering activities. He does not participate in any competitive or recreational sports, and recalls no injury or trauma to his back. He has...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
high-arches-in-a-yoga-instructor History and Presenting Symptoms A 44-year-old female patient is a yoga instructor, who reports the recent onset of pain under her left heel. The foot pain is most noticeable in the morning when she first starts to walk. When her foot bothers her, she notices that her entire back is stiff and less flexible during yoga poses. In...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
diabetic-foot-requires-special-care History and Presenting Symptoms A 66 year-old female presents with aching lower back pain and numbness extending into both feet. She reports having had occasional lower back pain for many years, but has only noticed the foot numbness in the past six months. This is getting more constant, which concerns her. She recalls no specific back or foot injuries. On...
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Practice Management
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practice-equity  Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, once said about his basketball franchise, "Everyone has thousands of entertainment choices and we don't want to create any excuses for them to go and spend their money somewhere else." This is the way every chiropractor must think in a 21st century, service oriented, practice.   Consumers have more choices for which they can choose...
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Evan Zang
the-sky-isnt-falling-but-the-economy-may-well-be  These days, consumers, feeling the rising squeeze of lost jobs, stale investments, and eroding assets, have made it a challenge for physicians to stay afloat. Even seasoned health care practitioners, across the country, are seeing up to 20% fewer patients than just 2 years ago. Billings are down for many physicians, as much as 50% in some cases, as existing...
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Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
budgeting-a-planning-budgeting-includes-short-and-long-term-plansLook Beyond Next Year! We are very excited when we get more new patients. To get new patients, marketing is important, but financial management can be the key to successful marketing. Once you get a new patient, the key is to get them to accept care, which is the importance of a Report of Findings. Remember, no person calls...
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Claude Cote
going-paperless-in-2012-great-tips-on-how-to-choose-your-new-system To the benefit of chiropractors, there are more and more full automated paperless systems available for their practice. This rapid growth in the chiropractic software industry is due to the high demand of the product, which is great for chiropractors because it keeps prices down.  With all these choices of software systems, how can you make sure you choose...
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Glen David
choose-your-space-wiselyWhen opening a new practice, selecting a facility that best suits your needs begins with a solid foundation. Now, more than ever, countless chiropractors are being misled by representations from their landlord or realtor that, if not carefully understood, could cost you tens of thousands of dollars.  Start with good questions and learn their language. A Different Language Landlords and Realtors have...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
tipsQ: What is the difference between active and passive care? A: One of the primary trends of healthcare is one away from the passive model of patient care toward an active model of care.  The paradigm of passive care with which chiropractors have practiced since the inception of our profession is now defunct.  Many practices that were established ten or eleven years...
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Radiology
Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
mris-herniated-discs-survey-results-and-the-chiropractic-team Being a principled, subluxation-based or structural-based chiropractor is not mutually exclusive to being responsible for diagnosing your patient accurately. If the patient has a radiculopathic or myelopathic clinical presentation, the question is, "Why?" This has nothing to do with your practice paradigm; it has to do with your patient’s well being and what the cause is for that nerve pressure....
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drmarks380
herniated-discs-a-advanced-imaging The patient enters your office and has significant pain radiating into an extremity. Being responsible, you adopt the policy of the insurers and treat the patient conservatively for 4-8 weeks and the pain doesn’t diminish; you then refer the patient to the imaging company for an MRI. In the report, there are minimal findings, so you continue to treat with...
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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 Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
melorheostosis[Case History] This male patient has a history of multiple traumas to his humerus.  Are these radiopacities exuberant callous formation from hematoma? Diagnosis:  The answer is no!! This is a rare sclerotic skeletal dysplasia referred to as “MELORHEOSTOSIS”. General Considerations Melorheostosis is a rare, sclerosing bone dysplasia that was first described in 1922 by Leri and Joanny.  Synonyms include Leri type of osteopetrosis, osteosis...
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Terry R. Yochum
what-is-the-vacuum-signby Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.   History:  An adult male patient with a long history of low back pain. Discussion:The vacuum sign (of Knutts en) is an important early radiographic finding.  Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and  presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.1  ...
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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.
posterior-arch-fracture-of-the-atlasHistory This young adult patient has had a motor vehicle accident with a “whiplash” type injury.  Painful hyperextension of the cervical region is experienced by the patient.   Figure 1. Note the unilateral fracture of the posterior arch of the atlas. Discussion The radiolucent unilateral defect in the posterior arch of this patient’s atlas represents a complete acute vertical fracture. Fractures of the posterior...
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Rehabilition
Mark R. Payne D.C.
healthy-doctors-practicing-and-preachingHealthy Doctors: Practicing and Preaching by Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.   Can you imagine an overweight doctor counseling patients on nutrition? How about a physician who smokes urging patients to quit? Or a well-intentioned couch potato handing out exercise advice? We’ve all encountered doctors who dispense advice freely but rarely seem to follow it themselves. The inevitable result,...
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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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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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James W. Gudgel, D.C.
returning-the-injured-athlete-to-optimum-performanceLow back pain affects almost everyone during their lifetime, and this includes well-conditioned athletes. The very nature of athletics is that the athlete is performing an activity that requires a high level of skill, strength, power and/or coordination. Most athletic activities impart very high short-duration repetitive forces into various parts of the body, while other areas are subjected to less...
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Jay Kennedy, D.C.
active-therapeutic-movement-atm-therapy-in-a-chiropractic-clinicFor the past five years I have been a consultant for one of the largest rehab medical companies in the USA in charge of co-developing their flagship decompression table. Being in this position, I was also called upon by them to evaluate other company products. As such, a few years ago I was introduced to a new and dynamic rehabilitation...
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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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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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George Roth, D.C., N.D.
snoring-and-sleep-apnea-structural-implicationsThe uvula and soft pallet may come into partial or total contact on the back wall of the upper airway.  When the contact is partial or intermittent, snoring (a loud vibration of these soft tissues) may result.  The tongue may also drop posteriorly onto the back wall of the upper airway, coming into contact with the uvula and soft pallet,...
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Robert "Rick" Wiegand, DC
get-primalDr. Robert “Rick” Wiegand graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1980 and entered into private practice. Early on in practice, he became intrigued with the question of how the human neural system processes very subtle types of stimuli. In 1982, Dr. Wiegand and a colleague, Dr. Ed Blumenthal, began investigating methods to help heighten awareness of subtle responses that...
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Peter J. Levy, D.C.
go-to-the-source-of-subluxation-with-neuromuscular-reeducationAre you looking for a way to improve your skills?  Get patients better faster? Build a large referral base? Have a cash practice? Charge what you’re worth? Read on!!! What is the answer to the ongoing problems with insurance companies, work comp, personal injury and the volumes of paperwork and billing required?  How do you, the practitioner, actually get someone better quickly...
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Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C.
is-conservative-care-right-for-your-cts-patientsPublished research shows treatment options for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) are mixed and often conflicting. In general, there are a number of accepted treatments for CTS that range from invasive (surgical and steroid injections) to non-invasive (manipulation, splints, topical patches, laser light) or combinations of all of the above. The American College of Rheumatology states, “Despite the prevalence of CTS...
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Warren Hammer, D.C.
the-benefits-of-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-mobilizationExperts agree that a crucial component of healing is soft-tissue treatment. Indeed, since the works of British orthopedist James Cyriax, clinicians have routinely employed cross-friction massage as a means of breaking up the web of adhesions and restrictions that normally form after injury. However, it is my contention that our profession is insufficiently informed about the advantages of soft-tissue methods...
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