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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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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
can-chiropractic-care-help-scoliosisAccording to Dr. Charles Lantz, “Full-spine chiropractic adjustments with heel lifts and lifestyle counseling are not effective in reducing the severity of scoliotic curves”.  (JMPT 2001 Jul-Aug;(6):385-93, Lantz CA, Chen J.) In an article published by Dr. Mark Morningstar, et al, the abstract states: “In this study, we investigate[d] the possible benefits of combining spinal manipulation, positional traction, and neuromuscular reeducation...
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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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Susan Karnovsky
dr-lester-bryman-a-the-50-year-evolution-of-nutrition-response-testing In 1958 he was the Only One…. Fifty years ago, when Dr. Lester Bryman began his career, he felt like he was the only practitioner in his field that thought or talked about a nutrition oriented practice: No one he knew ever wondered about the therapeutic value of eating, let alone that whole foods (non-processed products) were healthy and non-foods...
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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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Jack Dolbin, D.C.
principles-of-a-sports-medicine-practiceIn the fall of 1993, I was attending a Villanova versus Northeastern University football game. My son was a red shirt freshman wide out and me, a retired NFL veteran. We sat together as spectators, dissecting the game and the individual player performances. In events that would decide the game, the Villanova field goal kicker, Frank Venezia, missed two very...
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Interviews
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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Albert Stabile, DC
patient-needs-go-firstTAC:  How did you become involved in chiropractic, Dr. Stabile? Stabile:  I was injured in an automobile accident in 1964, and was having extreme lower back pain. One of my college friends, who was planning on attending chiropractic college, advised me to see the chiropractor that he was being treated by. I had been to numerous medical providers, including two orthopedists,...
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David Chapman-Smith
working-together-worldwideDavid Chapman-Smith, a Toronto lawyer and author of The Chiropractic Profession (NCMIC Group, 2000) is Secretary-General of the World Federation of Chiropractic.  He is also editor/publisher of The Chiropractic Report (www.chiropracticreport.com).   His introduction to chiropractic took place when he acted as counsel for the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association before the New Zealand Commission of Inquiry into Chiropractic in 1978-79. In the...
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Dr. Paul Pugsley
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-dr-paul-pugsleyOriginally from upstate New York, Dr. Paul Pugsley moved to California during grade school. After meeting his wife, Marilou, in undergraduate college, the couple decided to attend chiropractic school in Atlanta, Georgia, at Life Chiropractic College. In their last year at Life, Paul and Marilou had their first of five children. After graduating, Dr. Pugsley and family moved back to...
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TAC Staff
changing-times-interview-with-gary-tarola-dc-dabcoDr. Tarola earned a BA degree from Marshall University, 1973 and was a Suma Cum Laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, 1976. He began private practice in Fogelsville, Lehigh Valley, Pa. in 1976. He obtained Diplomate status in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1983. He was a post graduate faculty member of several chiropractic colleges. From the late 1980’s through 2005,...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
marketing-machineMarketing Machine Interview with Steven Visentin, D.C.   The American Chiropractor recently heard about an e-book written by Dr. Steven Visentin (SV), Blow Your Head Off: Practice Building Secrets. Dr. Visentin graduated  from the National College of Chiropractic and decided to practice in  Denver, Colorado, for its excellent quality of life.  Unfortunately for him, many other chiropractors had the same idea and the...
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Nutrition
John H. Maher, D.C.
baby-boomers-nutrition-a-superfood-solutionMost all of us who are baby boomers know of Jack LaLanne. Some of you who, like me, started paying attention to nutrition back in the 1960’s, probably know of other long lived icons of the mid twentieth century natural food movement, such as Paul Bragg, Bob Delmontique and even Dr. N. W. Walker of juicing fame. All have preached...
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Dr. James B. Lavalle
recognizing-drug-induced-nutrient-depletion-in-chiropractic-practicePart 2 of a 2 part Series (cont. from part 1 in nov. 2009) Abstract:  Detrimental effects of drugs on nutrition status are a common occurrence but, because they usually occur over time (vs. what is considered an adverse event or allergic reaction, which occurs quickly), they are seldom recognized or corrected. Chiropractic treatment, however, takes place over a much longer...
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Michael P. Ciell, R.Ph.
a-new-approach-to-metabolic-syndromeThe Greatest Healthcare/Financial Crisis   Metabolic Syndrome (aka Syndrome X) with its four hallmark symptoms of obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia is devastating our country as well as the whole of North America.  In March of 2005 the National Institutes of Health and the New England Journal of Medicine published a paper stating that because of this epidemic the current generation is...
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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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Lynn Toohey, D.C.
detoxificationWe all know that detoxifying is good for us, but how do you choose a good protocol to follow?  When we remove toxins that have built up over years, it is just as important to consider things we DON’T do as well as the things we DO. A good detox program (there are thousands out there) should be written by...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
omega-3-fat-confusion-and-the-beginning-of-a-krill-oil-krazePharmaceutical grade fish oil…NOT Misinformation abounds when it comes to fish oil, such as that created by marketers of “pharmaceutical grade” fish oil, a recent buzzword. Readers should be aware that there is no such thing as pharmaceutical grade fish oil. This is a term created by a nutritional supplement supplier. Nutrition companies are notorious for marketing very basic and common...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
pelvic-and-hip-pain History and Presenting Symptoms A 27-year-old female describes a history of aching pain and tightness extending from her lower back into the pelvic region and both hips. She describes a recurrent pain that has bothered her since she was in a motor vehicle collision at the age of sixteen. As a passenger, she injured her right leg and hip during...
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johndanchik
providing-the-racers-edge-to-a-young-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient, a 27-year-old female, is a media designer who has been running regularly for the past eight years.  She reports the recent onset and gradual worsening of pain in the front of her left lower leg, which is now limiting her regular physical activities.  The leg pain is described as an “aching soreness” that has...
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johndanchik
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. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
how-to-get-paid-with-insurance You treat Mrs. Jones today, complete your fee slip, and your insurance staff has every document necessary to bill the claim. They have the application for benefits and/or proper claim forms from the patient, along with the correct policy numbers. The staff also has all of the completed notes/letters of necessity/results required ready as attachments to send with the claims,...
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John Danchik, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C
ankle-pain-limits-runners-health-goals  History and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 32 year-old female who has been building up a running program for weight loss and wellness.  She reports a recent onset of pain around her right ankle and heel, which is becoming worse as she gradually increases the length of her longest runs.  She plans to participate in a 10-mile run in two...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
the-rights-and-wrongs-of-orthotic-selection Why is there so much disagreement in the field of professional foot orthotics?  When I read articles and research regarding support of the feet and lower extremities, I am constantly reminded that there are two major camps.  Each side seems to make a strong argument.  If I tell a podiatrist about the types of orthotics I find to be...
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Practice Management
Marc Swerdlick, D.C.
desire-and-direction Who doesn’t want to do better? regardless of whom you talk to, most people want to be in a better place than they are today. As you may have guessed, for many folks, enhancing their financial status is their number one concern. But, for other people, improving their health and improving their relationship with their spouse/family is what’s most...
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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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tomowen
small-business-strategy-4-vital-tips-for-successMuch hard work goes into beginning a new business, and we all know that blood, sweat, and tears are the primary ingredients for success.  However, it takes much more than that to establish a thriving business. In building your chiropractic business, many other factors also come into play. After many years of running a chiropractic business, my partners and I...
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Brent Detelich, D.C.
starting-at-the-top-getting-your-head-space-rightThere are lots of ways to succeed in a chiropractic practice. As they say, there is “more than one way to skin a cat.” Family practices, high volume practices, wellness practices, sports performance, DC/PT practices—any of them can be highly successful. But, in all my dealings with hundreds and hundreds of chiropractors, there is one area that must be...
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Steven Visentin, D.C.
focus When doctors help high numbers of patients consistently for years with excellent results, other doctors want to know their secret. What is the one factor high-achieving doctors have in common? After three decades of interviewing the best, the one commonality I found in this group of ultra-high achievers is focus. I grilled a doctor about his huge...
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drmarks380
anatomy-of-a-practice-consultant-buyer-beware-how-to-choose-the-right-oneDisclosure: I am a practice consultant and, after 31 years in the industry, I have been on both sides of the fence. I see and speak to many new consultants in the industry and some are excellent, yet I see many leading doctors down a "slippery slope." Beyond the emotional choice, too many doctors do not have enough tools to...
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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.
gout-versus-osteoarthritis-which-is-it Case History This 60-year-old male complains of sharp pain in the great toe. He has a family history of gout and is worried he has developed gout. What’s your diagnosis?   Diagnosis: Degenerative Osteoarthritis Of The Great Toe.   General Considerations Degenerative Osteoarthritis   Foot Of all forefoot articulations, the most commonly involved articulation is that of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The radiographic signs are distinctive but, on...
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Ryan Everhart
digital-x-ray-solutions-for-chiropracticX-rays play an important role in determining the exact cause for many health complications in patients. The advancements in radiography are allowing physicians to pinpoint the exact cause of complications through high quality output in a matter of seconds. As a chiropractor, it is important to determine what part of the body is causing the trouble, and you can do...
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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 Yochum D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R.
lung-pathology-or-pseudo-lesionIn the pre-antibiotic era, the only treatment for pulmo-nary tuberculosis was rest and or lung resection of the diseased segment.  Secondary or re-infection tuberculosis most commonly occurs in the lung apices.  This patient had surgery with resection of her right upper lung due to pulmonary tuberculosis.  To fill space left empty by the resected lung tissue and to avoid huge...
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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.
osteolytic-metastatic-carcinomaOsteolytic Metastatic Carcinoma by Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.       CASE HISTORY  This adult male patient complains of back pain, especially at night, and it awakens him from sleeping. Diagnosis: Osteolytic metastatic carcinoma of the left L-3 pedicle and vertebral body. This is the "one-eyed pedicle" sign or the "winking owl sign" of...
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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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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
foot-problems-and-athletic-injuriesFoot position and alignment are important factors that must be considered in our active population. As we encourage more of our patients to walk, jog, and exercise, we need to be prepared for the "side effects" of our recommendations if any foot problems exist. For example, a 1998 study of runners found that those who pronated more while running had a...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
avoid-rehab-overloadMost of us know that exercises are an important key to full recovery of spinal function. Unfortunately, I have found that the more knowledgeable doctors are in rehab procedures, the more likely they are to overwhelm their patients with exercises. The result is frequently a long laundry-list of exercises given to each patient. This often includes stretches for all of...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
are-knee-injuries-really-knee-injuriesAre Knee Injuries Really Knee Injuries? by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.   We see patients in our offices daily with arthritic knees—sometimes bilateral, other times affecting only one leg. Some patients can point to an old football injury or car accident as the probable cause. But, frequently, they cannot tell us why their knee hurts, only that...
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Jay Kennedy, D.C.
build-your-practice-with-active-therapeutic-movementsActive Treatment Strategies Improve Patient Outcome & Clinic Profits Building a profitable practice takes the right equipment, skills and a commitment to excellence.  Certainly central to that is a clear, results-oriented treatment strategy.  Spinal adjusting and passive modalities are ubiquitous in chiropractic. Decompression/traction is also becoming a staple of passive care.  However, exercise and specific movement therapy is fast becoming...
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James C. Antos , D.C.
why-every-chiropractor-should-be-a-dme-durable-medical-equipment-supplierAfter 34 years of private chiropractic practice, I have found that some fundamental keys to practice security, financial security, and peace of mind lie in these simple facts.     First, as a chiropractor I must be able to get positive results for my patients concerning both their goals and mine.  The patients must feel that I am there “for them” and...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
postural-rehab-the-problem-with-physics-why-we-failLast issue, i documented the ineffectiveness of traditional adjustments to substantially change spinal structure. I would like to explain one key reason why adjustments, typically, produce very little structural change. Once you understand how the laws of physics sabotage your adjustments, you’ll be well on your way to making the best corrections of your career. The problem with physics is...
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Techniques
TAC Staff
yes-there-really-are-10-more-great-techniques-4th-annual-editionTAC:  How do chiropractors generally pick the techniques that they perform? Roth:  Chiropractors and other health professionals are drawn to techniques and theories that will help them move to the next level.  As each practitioner evolves in skill and understanding, they naturally reach for higher ground.  And, as it has been said, “When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears.” ...
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Tim Maggs, D.C.
the-structural-management-programDr. Tim Maggs has been in practice for 27 years, and travels the country speaking on his Structural Management™ Program.  He worked 4 years with the New York Giants, writes a sports medicine column for many running/triathlete magazines around the country, and also writes for many chiropractic magazines. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Maggs discusses The Structural...
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Mark R. Payne D.C.
protective-postures-part-2- Last month we discussed the problems associated with hypolordotic lumbar postures as well as the protective effects of a healthy lumbar lordosis. I want to use this month's column to cover the same ground as it pertains to the cervical spine. Patients walk into your office every day with complaints related to the cervical spine. Of the many symptomatic presentations...
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Charles L. Blum, DC
sacral-cup-treating-the-malposition-of-sacral-segments The Sacral Cup Test and adjustment can be an extremely important tool for the chiropractor because of its ability to help stabilize a chronic unstable sacroiliac (SI) joint, especially if it is slow to respond to traditional category two pelvic procedures. [Figure 1] In addition, it gives the doctor a tool to determine the presence of a complication in...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
axial-decompression-new-wave-of-treatmentWhat is the deal with this new wave of treatment called axial decompression, spinal decompression and or IDD Therapy? Is it truly the greatest thing next to sliced bread (for the treatment of back or neck pain) or is it just a passing trend? Axial decompression therapy has reached the highest level of interest ever, even though it is not...
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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
help-for-chronic-subluxationsYou try all your regular approaches and the patient reports that “it’s a little better,” but your adjustment doesn’t seem to hold. If you’re like most chiropractors, this has happened in your office, too.  You could keep adjusting the patient every week, but what if you could address the patient’s “emotional physiology of thought” and then your adjustments would hold? ...
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