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TAC Staff
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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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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TAC Staff
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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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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TAC Staff
a-man-with-insightHe was a popular, charismatic high school student. A national AAU karate champion. An inexperienced, undersized member of the school’s wrestling team. How did Dr. Patrick Gentempo Jr. become one of the most influential minds in today’s chiropractic world? Well, being undersized and inexperienced may have actually helped. “I injured my neck in a wrestling practice and my mom took...
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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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Interviews
Dr. Steven Windwer
million-dollar-chiropractic-interview-with-dr-steven-windwer-dc Originally from New York, Dr. Steven M. Windwer, began working as a physical therapist the Boston area before moving back to Long Island and attending New York in Chiropractic College. He has played competitive basketball and soccer and now is the official chiropractor at Northeastern University, where he works with the athletic trainers and cares for athletes in all sports.   ...
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Dr. Rand Swenson, MD, DC
expanding-the-horizon-of-diagnosticsDr. Rand Swenson, a second-generation chiropractor, received his chiropractic degree summa cum laude in 1976, from the National College of Chiropractic. He subsequently entered the graduate program in the Department of Anatomy at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. His graduate research was in the field of neuronal plasticity and he received his PhD in 1981. After a two-year post-doctoral...
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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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Terry Schroeder, D.C.
humble-dc-to-lead-team-usaIn 1900, men's water polo became the first team sport introduced at the modern Olympic Games. The rules of the game were different in Europe, so in the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis the Europeans refused to participate. As a result, the USA won the gold, silver and the bronze. Ironically, this is the only gold medal that the...
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Joe Mershon
chiropractors-on-tv-national-tv-campaign The fastest way to affect public opinion is through television.  Shows like CBS’ Two and a Half Men, in which one of the lead characters is a chiropractor, show that the profession has, indeed, entered the mainstream of American culture… albeit with a less than ideal portrayal of a chiropractor, it’s a start.   So how do you use this mega-tool to...
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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
Dr. James P. Cima, D.C.
why-high-cholesterol-by-itself-is-not-a-good-indicator-of-heart-disease Whenever I run a blood test on any patient, the first thing they all want to know is, "Doc, how is my cholesterol?" They think, because their cholesterol levels are normal, they have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, they do not know that about 50 percent of patients who die from cardiovascular disease have "normal cholesterol levels". They also do...
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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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Charles C. DuBois
standard-process-providing-the-tools-for-better-health-careThe American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews Charles C. DuBois, President of Standard Process, Inc., about his company’s efforts to “give back” to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of your company. DuBois: For more than 75 years, Standard Process has provided health care professionals with the best whole food supplements and herbal products for themselves and their...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
your-lifestyle-tells-your-genes-to-express-diseaseMore and more research is demonstrating how our genes determine the types of diseases we develop and our degree of susceptibility to a given disease. This issue should not be taken lightly, particularly when making specific suggestions to patients.  For example, most have probably heard the “urban legend” that grilled meat causes colorectal cancer. Is this true? The answer is...
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John Brimhall, DC
the-road-to-complete-wellnessDr. John Brimhall has been referred to as “The Father of Wellness Care in Chiropractic”.  The much-lettered Doctor began a stellar career, which has now spanned more than three decades, with a single degree, a cum laude Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic, in 1971. Since that time, he has become an author, lecturer, formulator of over 50...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
when-bread-consumption-causes-neurologic-disease Most are aware that gluten consumption will ignite the expression of celiac disease in those who are genetically susceptible. Readers should also be aware that the expression of gluten sensitivity need NOT be celiac disease. In about 50% of those with gluten sensitivity, the gastrointestinal symptoms begin in childhood. About 22% will manifest gastrointestinal symptoms after childhood. Almost 30%...
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Orthotics
TAC Staff
call-for-action-an-open-letter-to-the-chiropractic-profession Dear Chiropractic Colleague: This profession-wide "Open Letter" has been issued for a most urgent reason. Ignore it at your own peril Comprehensive and far-reaching "National Health Reform" legislation is rapidly moving forward in Congress. It is abundantly clear, that the legislation under consideration could substantially alter America’s health delivery system in dramatic and perhaps unexpected ways. Depending on the detailed legislative provisions that are...
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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.
arch-collapse-in-an-active-womanHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 62-year-old female presents with a recent history of moderate pain in her lower back.  Her back pain responds well to chiropractic adjustments, but recurs within a couple of days.  There are no specific triggering activities, although being up and active seems to bring on the pain more rapidly.  She describes her current level of low back...
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johndanchik
lower-extremity-aging-concernsHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 60-year-old female presents with recurring episodes of moderate pain in her lower back and right knee. As a full-time waitress/cashier, she spends almost half her workday on her feet. She recalls no specific back or knee injuries, and states that these problems have developed over the past couple of years and have been more noticeable in...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
runner-for-the-cure-develops-heel-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms A 25-year-old female presents with pain around her right ankle and heel. The pain has been present for about three weeks and gets worse upon weightbearing activity. She also relates running about six times per week for five miles a day, in preparation for her first half-marathon run in support of breast cancer...
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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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Practice Management
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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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
require-new-associates-to-qearnq-partner-statusOften I am asked, “How do I pay associate partners?  How do I pay a medical doctor?  Do I make them partners?” The world of healthcare is changing.  More and more clinics are becoming group practices.  Whether integrating with a DC, a PT or an MD, the Stark Laws are in effect.  Last year, I was told by one doctor, “I...
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Stanley Greenfield, R.H.U.
its-1000-pm-againIn the August issue, I did an article entitled “It’s 10:00 P.M.”.  It was based on an old public service announcement, saying, “Parents, it’s 10:00 P.M.: do you know where your kids are?”  I took a little liberty with that theme and stated it this way: “Mr. & Mrs. D.C., it’s August; do you know where your money is?” I...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
practice-management-tipsQ: There is a lot of confusion about medical integration these days.  It can be a frightening thing for some, due to some negative national publicity.  What is the latest on chiro-medical integration? A:  There are two seemingly divergent trends that are affecting the practice of chiropractic today.  The first trend is consolidation.  Approximately 30 percent of medical physicians remain in...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
financial-management-for-future-freedomBUDGETING & PLANNING Budgeting includes short- and long-term plans Look beyond next year! This article was written to help you on budgeting for your chiropractic practice.  We’re starting now to develop your practice’s 2003 budget.  It amazes me how many doctors spend more than they make.  We are fortunate to drive luxury cars, live in large homes, take great vacations.  But, we...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
gaining-balance I’ve learned some strategies that have helped me simplify my own life and gain more balance. Look for opportunities to apply them to your circumstances. It is perfectly acceptable to say, "No." If you are constantly telling others and yourself that you are too busy, then you probably are! Why are you so busy anyway? Living with intention...
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Radiology
Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.
os-odontoideumCASE HISTORY This young adult patient presents with neck pain following an MVA.  You note an abnormality in the upper cervical spine at C1 & C2.  Is this a fracture?   DISCUSSION Anomalies of the odontoid process are considered uncommon (1) and are usually discovered by the principle “traumatic determinism.”  This means that the underlying condition predated the injury and is not caused by...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Tim Maggs, D.C.
100-of-my-patients-get-custom-orthotics-what-about-yours  We all are victims, in many ways, of the existing healthcare crisis.  The auto industry is addressing their crisis through new laws for improved mileage per gallon and stricter pollution controls.  The energy crisis continues to search for more efficient and alternative means to produce renewable energy.  The healthcare crisis, unlike the above two, is merely shifting responsibilities with regard...
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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R.
spondylolysis-andor-spondylolisthesis-lets-get-it-right-and-stir-things-up The topic of spondylolysis and/or spondylolisthesis has been clouded with confusion for many years. To understand the true etiology as a stress fracture rather than an inherited congenital anomaly or predisposition has been a lifelong quest for me. The normally developing pars interarticulares is a fully ossified structure at birth and without a local synchondrosis to undergo nonunion. There has...
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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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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
heavy-metal-poisoning DISCUSSION The major metals involved in producing visible radiologic changes are lead, phosphorus, and bismuth. Of these, lead is the most frequent, but lead intoxication is still a rare skeletal disorder. Lead may be ingested, inhaled, or implanted. Clinical symptoms occur abruptly, with abdominal pain, encephalopathy, and paralysis. Radiologically, the most definitive signs are the linear, transverse densities at the...
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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
John K. Hyland, D.C.
hamstringswhat-about-stretching An interesting study has found that there is a more effective way to stretch the hamstring muscles.1 The new procedure is easy to teach to patients, and can be done anywhere and just about anytime. Unlike some forms of hamstring stretching, it does not require an assistant or any special equipment to achieve significant improvement in flexibility. The new stretch...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
avoiding-rehab-overload-the-variablesOne of the underlying principles in physical rehabilitation is that the body responds positively to the increased stresses placed upon it.  This is the whole reason for asking muscles to lift more weight, for asking tendons to pull more tension, and for asking joints to undergo more movement.  We have a mechanism for developing and improving our physical capabilities when...
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Jon Pettibon, DC
rehab-results-speak-for-themselvesWhat happens with your patients if you are no longer physically able to adjust them using manual manipulation on a short-term or long-term basis? After experiencing some major medical issues I found myself in just that position, asking the same question.   When I was able to return to my office, an infection had left my lumbar spine in such bad shape...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
preventing-injuries-requires-more-than-a-strong-corePreventing Injuries Requires More Than a Strong Core by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Whether we are confronted with developing an exercise rehab program for a male patient (who is sedentary, overweight, and experiencing low back pain) or developing a strengthening program to fine tune a professional athlete, some emphasis must be placed on the core musculature. With...
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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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Dr. Mark R. Payne D.C.
extension-traction-good-for-discs Chiropractors have long used spinal traction methods to relieve abnormal pressure and bulging of the IVD. The more popular methods have employed long axis traction and/or flexion distraction to relieve IVD (intervertebral disc) pressure. Consequently, many doctors are reluctant to employ extension traction methods which seem so radically different. I'm frequently asked if extension traction is good for injured...
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Techniques
Ted Koren, D.C.
are-you-missing-an-important-subluxation Doctor: "You feel tired much of the time, don’t you?" Patient: "Yes, I feel exhausted all the time. How did you know?" Doctor: "Your femur heads are anterior. Most of your energy is being used to hold your body up." One of the most fascinating subluxations is of the femur heads. The femur head is ball-shaped and located at the top of...
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Robert C. Gordon, D.C.
clinically-justifying-mua-in-the-field-of-pain-managementFrom a clinical standpoint, MUA has never been questioned as an alternative to correcting fixated articulation, and shortened muscles. But, as a procedure performed by the chiropractic profession, it is questioned constantly. Manipulation Under Anesthesia or medication-assisted manipulation has long been used by the orthopedic, and osteopathic professions to correct joint fixation. Chiropractic physicians started using this technique in the late 80’s as...
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Scott Walker, D.C. and Deborah Walker, D.C.
your-present-technique-works-better-than-you-think-it-does Today we have a lot of procedures and techniques available to help our patients. As chiropractors, we try to figure out what is the best approach for each of our patients and apply our skills to assist the body in its natural healing process. So, what is the best technique for your patients? The answer, of course, is...
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Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.
posterior-to-anterior-thoracic-spinal-adjusting-in-the-scoliosis-patient-is-contraindicated-by-spinal-biomechanicsPosterior to Anterior Thoracic Spinal Adjusting in the Scoliosis Patient Is Contraindicated by Spinal Biomechanics by Dennis Woggon, DC, B.Sc.   It would make sense to understand normal spinal biomechanics when putting adjustive forces into the spine, especially in a complicated spine such as a scoliosis. It seems that spinal biomechanical forces are frequently ignored when it comes to ...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
the-sphenoid-pattern"Gentlemen, damn the sphenoid bone!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), opening an anatomy lecture at Harvard Medical School I don’t know what Holmes was complaining about; perhaps he was frustrated at his inability to adjust the sphenoid (he was an MD after all). For most of my chiropractic career, I limited my practice to correcting spinal subluxations. While developing Koren Specific Technique (KST),...
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Deed E. Harrison, D.C.
thoracic-kyphosis-part-iIn my experience, there is a general lack of appreciation of both the need for radiographic views of the thoracic spine and the influence of the thoracic spine on whole body alignment and health potential. It is for these reasons that I offer this particular series of articles introducing my thoughts on the thoracic kyphosis to readership of the The...
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