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calendar-of-conventions-and-seminarsSeminars!  We know that you’re interested in furthering your education and keeping on top of everything that happens in chiropractic, whether to fulfill your CE credits or simply to keep learning.  To assist you in planning ahead, this directory is designed to provide you with a list of upcoming seminars in order of general topic—national and international association and organization...
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products-a-software-to-help-you-work-with-insurance-to-get-paid Oftentimes, the tools used will determine the possibility for success in accomplishing any task. Making the right decision with regard to the documentation software, record keeping and other products you use will have a tremendous impact on the heights that your clinic may be able to reach. Use this market review to get to know some of your options.     Acom Product...
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Jay Kennedy, DC Michael Schneider, DC., PH.D David Seaman, D.C.
herniated-discs-and-conservative-treatments    Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of Palmer College and has been in both private and MD/DC practices in Berlin, PA, for over 23 years. He is a leading authority in North America on decompression and rehabilitation procedures and has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients. He has pioneered decompression therapy technique since 1993. Dr....
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William H. Koch, D.C.
adventures-in-practice We have all grown up with the dramas of medical practice, depicted in popular TV programs.  There was Dr. Ben Casey doing brain surgery, and also the fatherly Marcus Welby, M.D., who practiced medicine in a small town, providing each patient with a level of patience, competence and benevolence that everyone would love to have from their doctor.  Who can...
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Don Oyao, MA.,DC.(USA)ND., MA Sp.Chiro Sci(Australia)
hall-of-famers-metallica-swear-by-chiropractica What do rock stars and Olympic athletes have in common? No, this isn’t the lead up to a punchline. Both share a need or desire for chiropractic care to enhance their demanding performances. Having been a team doctor for six Olympic competitions, my latest “gig” with Metallica has shown me that intense activity, endurance and strength are sought by both kinds...
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Market Review
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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Interviews
Ken Murkowski, DC
dr-dick-versendaal-a-pioneer-of-modern-chiropractic-wellnessDr. Dick Versendaal is one of the last living doctors of chiropractic who studied under Dr. B.J. Palmer. Today, he still practices with the “big idea” in mind.    In a Q & A session with Dr. Ken Murkowski, Dr. Versendaal talks about his past and present.  Also revealed are some of the interesting beginnings of Contact Reflex Analysis® (CRA), as well...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
challenge-check-and-correct-the-entire-structural-systemTedd Koren, D.C., is certainly one of the most widely read Doctors of Chiropractic today. Through Koren Publications, over 50 million of his popular patient education brochures have been distributed. His monthly patient and professional newsletters are among the most popular in the profession. He is the author of Chiropractic: Bringing Out the Best in You!, Chiropractic Wellness:  Health from...
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Jeff Spencer, D.C.
on-the-roadDr. Jeff Spencer is a former champion cyclist who competed on the 1972 United States Olympic Team as a sprint cyclist and currently serves as chiropractor for the United States Postal Service Professional Cycling Team.  A 1975 graduate of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland Chiropractic College at Los Angeles in 1988. ...
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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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interview-with-leander-eckard-dc Dr. Leander Eckard attended his first year of chiropractic college at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in 1959 and 1960. He transferred to Cleveland College in Kansas City and graduated from there in 1964. Upon returning to his home in Spokane, Washington, he opened his first practice in late 1964. He practiced in the state of Washington...
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Paul White, D.C.
optimizing-the-well-being-of-the-patient Nutri-West was founded in 1981, a small nutritional supplement company offering a limited, but effective line of its own products. The company was the creation of a successful Wyoming chiropractor and nutrition expert, Dr. Paul White, and his wife Marcia. Their children, Tony, Michele and Tiffany, have been actively involved with the business since they were very young and know...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
inflammation-pain-and-alzheimers-disease-condition-based-careAlzheimer’s is a devastating disease that we should try to prevent, not only for ourselves, but also for our families.  Patients with Alzheimer’s disease lose cognitive function, emotional expression and memory, which essentially prevents them from experiencing the spice of life. It is no surprise to read that most patients enter a chiropractor’s office looking for relief from various conditions,...
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Freddie Ulan, D.C.
preventing-recurring-subluxations-with-nutritionAs a chiropractor, I have found myself correcting the same subluxations three times a week on many patients. Regardless what technique I used, the relief they experienced was always temporary. I was prosperous, but unfulfilled. Yes, I could sell lots of adjustments to my patients; they loved me and kept coming back. I could earn an income that justified my education....
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-minute-stress-evaluation Stress as a Specific Diagnosis Stress provokes a very exact physiological response by the body. Unfortunately, the term "stress" is so commonly used, it seems to have lost significance as a specific diagnosis. Everyone in our modern, fast-paced society seems to be "uptight" because life is so stressful. But, as clinicians, we should never lose sight of the fact that the...
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internal-health-a-chiropractic-specialty-sympathetic-dominance-parasympathetic-weaknessThis month, I begin a series of 24 articles each designed to highlight a set of symptoms that collectively point at a specific visceral problem that is perpetuating muscle contractions, loss of joint range of motion, and reoccurring structural misalignments that have become chronic and defy permanent correction. It is exactly these problems that cause patients to seek alternatives to...
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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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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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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
tarsal-tunnel-syndrome-a-orthotic-supportTarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS), while not common in the general population, is occasionally seen among athletes.  In addition, many TTS symptoms can be confused with conditions commonly treated in the chiropractic office.1  Because its etiology is often related to hyperpronation and, therefore, spinal complaints, TTS patients may be concentrated in the chiropractic office.  When a patient complains of burning pain...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
tight-band-sidelines-fitness-walkerTight Band Sidelines Fitness Walker by Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.   History and Presenting Symptoms A 34-year-old female reports persistent pain at her right knee with walking. She localizes this pain to the lateral aspect, and says that it becomes worse as she continues her regular fitness walking program. She has been trying to walk three miles daily...
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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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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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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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back-surgery-averted-for-a-teenaged-boyHistory and Presenting SymptomsThe patient is a 13-year-old boy who was identified at a school screening to have a discrepancy in his shoulder heights. His parents were advised to contact an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation. They reported that the orthopedist found evidence of a scoliosis, but recommended a “watch and wait” approach. No treatment was offered, but if the...
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Practice Management
Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-positive-office-visit-experience-consistency-vs-confusionHave you ever stopped to consider the importance of consistency?  Could consistency have an effect on profitability? Could having more consistency in day-to-day procedures save time?  Consistency is a key tool for success in any business.  Likewise, lack of consistency means confusion, and confusion is a challenge. Surveys show that people choose the places they do business based upon consistency....
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
improve-billing-department-efficiency-with-four-management-techniquesTo operate your billing department effectively and efficiently, you need to recognize that billing and collections require good management. Following are some techniques that can improve your billing efficiency and help you get paid. 1. Establish expectations with your patients, your payers, and your staff. A common problem practices face is getting patients to pay their bills, deductibles or copays. Although...
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tomowen
how-to-control-your-appointment-bookOne subject that tends to get overlooked when it comes to the overall management of a chiropractic practice is simple appointment book control. A lot of doctors haven’t learned that there needs to be a certain rhyme and reason to every minute that is controlled by the appointment book for the practice. Because really, when it boils down to it,...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
business-departmentIn an effort to help you maximize all your services, Dr. Daniel Dahan has identified 7 departmental areas in your practice, which need to be addressed.  Each of these areas is being dealt with sequentially in The American Chiropractor.  By following the suggestions given, your office will not only maximize its potential, but also delineate areas of weakness that need...
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Peter Fernandez, D.C.
the-independent-contractor-method-of-starting-a-new-practice-vii If you you are considering starting your own practice or purchasing an existing practice, ponder these points before you plunge in.   Independent Contractor In the business world, the term Independent Contractor usually refers to a person who contracts himself out (receives money for services), i.e., an independent fill-in doctor. However, in the chiropractic profession, the usual definition of an...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
feeling-vs-functioning-a-simple-solution-to-a-common-practice-problemDespite our extensive background in the philosophy of our profession, we, as chiropractors, often fall into the “MEDICAL MODEL OF THINKING.” We may find ourselves making care decisions based upon the symptoms the patients report on the day we see them, rather than relying upon objective data collected that day or at a previous appointment. People in today’s society have been...
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Radiology
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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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., Chad J. Maola, D.C. and Alicia M. Yochum, RN, BSN, Senior Intern at Logan College of Chiropractic
sacral-and-coccygeal-fracturesCASE HISTORY This young male patient fell off a horse and landed on his buttocks. SACRAL FRACTURES Sacral fractures usually occur as the result of a fall upon the buttocks, direct trauma or in association with pelvic fractures.  Isolated fractures of the sacrum are uncommon and a diligent search for an associated fracture of the pelvic ring or symphysis pubis is often beneficial...
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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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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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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.
hangmans-fractureHistory This adult male patient was involved in a car accident.  He struck his head on the windshield and was then thrown into hyperextension. Discussion Hangman’s Fracture (Traumatic spondylolisthesis). Fractures of the neural arch of the axis are one of the most common injuries of the cervical spine. Up to 40% of axis fractures are hangman’s fractures.1  They are usually...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
crac-traction-kicking-corrective-care-into-high-gearFeeling frustrated with the long time frames required for corrective care programs? Maybe you should try a little C.R.A.C. No…I’m not recommending you seek solace in some vicious street drug. Instead, you might want to try combining a well accepted muscle stretching technique with extension traction to speed up the corrective process. Here’s how it works. The acronym...
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Randy Reed, D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C.
mckenzie-spinal-rehab-methods-in-the-chiropractic-office-active-therapeutic-procedures-insurance-companies-pay-for-part-i We all want success in treating our patients. We all want to be the "Hero," and provide that special treatment to our patient which sets us apart from the other doctors in our area. That may be what drives us, but what does it take for us to be that "Special Doctor" we all strive to be? The answer to that...
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Iain G. Smith, D.C.
occupational-health-and-chiropracticA few years ago I met Patsy Mckenna, an Occupational Health Regional Manager for a large national gas pipeline company here in the UK. Patsy invited me to give a presentation to some of her colleagues at their head office in Birmingham, and although it was over 50 miles from my practice I agreed to do...
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Christian H. Reichardt, D.C., C.C.S.P.
effects-of-whole-body-vibration-on-posture-and-kinesthetic-perception Many patients who present themselves to the chiropractic office suffer from musculo-skeletal disorders. More and more research confirms what we know to be true from our own daily anecdotal knowledge. There is hardly a modality that works better for these conditions than chiropractic. Yet there are a number of modalities that can enhance the benefits of adjustments. One of these...
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Christian H. Reichardt, D.C., C.C.S.P.
vibrational-therapyIn the last issue of The American Chiropractor, I focused primarily on the issue of intergrating Whole Body Vibration (WBV) into your daily office procedures. When we, as Doctors of Chiropractic, are recommending a particular therapy to our patients, we want to be certain to understand the physiologic effects of the particular modality and the...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
lumbar-lordosis I've spent a lot of time and ink over the past year, writing about the importance of, and how to rehabilitate, the normal cervical lordosis. This month, I want to spend a bit more time on the lumbar lordosis. Recall that, in the cervical spine, the normal lordosis should be a simple arc of a circle. Unfortunately, for us, the healthy...
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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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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
scoliosis-correction-clear-solutionsScoliosis is a dis-ease of the neuro-muscular skeletal system. The medical “Gold Standard” of treatment, which is bracing and surgery, has few positive results.  As spinal experts, the chiropractic profession should take the lead in the correction and stabilization of the scoliotic patient. 90% of the time the scoliosis patient presents with a standard posture; forward head posture, right head tilt,...
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Jay Kennedy, D.C.
decompression-deception-and-the-magic-machine  It is important to recognize that as we approach nearly twenty years since the initial entrance into the Chiropractic market of Decompression systems, we are still faced with the marketing of magic decompression machines, being somehow different than traction devices based upon mechanisms and pull patterns. For many people, logic, reason and basic physics, though compelling, can’t really compete with...
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Sharon Pettibon
spinal-technicians-necessary-component-for-chiropractic-managementThe discussion of Chiropractic success and its varied components has been a major topic of discussion since I can remember. My first exposure was in 1972 when I was sent to Parker Seminars as conducted by Jimmy Parker, D.C. in Las Vegas. The first one I attended was at the old MGM Grand and Elvis was the headliner. The hairdos...
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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
our-three-brains-and-the-emotional-component-of-healthThree Brains? … Normally we think of the brain as singular! However, that concept changed when Neuroscientist Paul MacLean, Ph.D., identified three different parts of the brain: the Reptilian, Mammalian and Neocortex Brains. Each is distinctly unique and radically different from the other in chemistry, structure and behavior. MacLean describes the three brains saying, "Stated...
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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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