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Roger Russo, D.C.
how-to-attract-seniors Doctors, look around your office, clear out the deadwood and do something different that will change lives and your practice. Decide what type of practice you want and what type of patients you want to serve. Find out as much as you can about that group’s wants and needs; give it to them and watch your practice grow. We...
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John L. Stump D.C., Ph.D., Ed.D.
how-to-build-a-sports-health-care-practice Preface In business, “toke wa karinary” is the Japanese term for “time is money.” The Japanese feel that maximizing these two factors is the key to the success of any endeavor,1 especially the sports health care practice. Many doctors, when they get out of...
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Dr. Joel Dekanich, D.C.
teaming-up-with-dcs-mds-pts-and-phds-a-loving-it“...when everyone is on board, amazing results become the norm” Dr. Joel Dekanich is a 1994 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, who practices in Vail, CO. Beginning his practice as a sole practitioner in 1995, following a year long fellowship with extremity expert Mitch Mally, DC, Dekanich became a certified strength and conditioning specialist in 2002,...
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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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TAC Staff
adjusting-table-shopping-guideWe contacted all of the major adjusting table manufacturers in the chiropractic profession for information and prices on their best selling tables.  We ended up with over a dozen of the best tables you can get at prices that vary from the top of the line to the most cost-effective.  All of the tables and companies featured here offer a...
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David O'Bryon, ACC Executive Director
interview-with-david-s-obryon-executive-director-association-of-chiropractic-colleges David O’Bryon , J.D., LL.D (Hon), F.I.C.C., is founder and president of O’Bryon & Company. With more than thirty years of association and government experience, he has served organizations as an executive, consultant, and volunteer. His responsibilities have included policy formulation and implementation for associations; design and management of membership recruitment efforts; development and implementation of government relations strategies...
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Interviews
TAC Staff
dr-david-m-brady-breaks-the-glass-ceiling-in-academia-interview-with-david-m-brady-dc-nd-ccn-dacbn  Dr. David Brady, a 1991 Texas Chiropractic College (TCC) graduate, is the first DC worldwide to break the "glass ceiling" within academia by being conferred vice provost of the health science division at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. He is the first and only chiropractor to attain that elevated status worldwide in a major university and, because of his...
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Rick Markson, D.C.
million-dollar-chiropractic-features-dr-rick-marksonEach article in the MILLION DOLLAR CHIROPRACTIC series (M$C) focuses on the top surveyed issues facing chiropractors today.  Recruiting new patients, retention, profitability, marketing and staffing are each a determining factor in the growth, potential and success of the practice. The subject of this issue’s profile is Dr. Rick Markson, an extremely successful chiropractor who has practiced in Florida for the...
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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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Rob Cooper
office-supplies-a-suppliersThe American Chiropractor (TAC), interviews Rob Cooper, President of Scrip, Inc., about his company's efforts to "give back" to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of Scrip, Inc. Cooper:  I am just entering my 12th year with Scrip Chiropractic Supply, although Scrip has been serving the needs of doctors of chiropractic since 1968.  I know I...
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Todd Singleton, D.C.
one-doctors-solution-to-the-insurance-problemIncrease Your Practice by Expanding Your Focus from the 7% to 12% of Your Town Who Seek Chiropractic Care, to the 66% to 86% of Your Town Who Are Seeking This…   Todd Singleton, D.C., is an author, speaker, consultant and a practicing doctor.  He graduated from Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1990.  For many years he ran the largest...
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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
Barry Sears, Ph.D.
understanding-eicosanoids-and-dietWhat is the Zone? The concept of maintaining drugs within a therapeutic zone is well known to physicians.  Below that therapeutic zone, the drug is ineffective, and above that therapeutic zone, the drug is toxic.  The same concept can be applied to the hormones generated by the food you eat.  There are two hormonal systems that are controlled by the...
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John H. Maher, D.C.
drug-free-approach-to-hypertension The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates approximately 73 million American adults age 20 and over have hypertension, also known as the "silent killer," because only 60 percent of adults who have hypertension are being treated for it, and two-thirds of those don’t have it under control! The AHA defines hypertension as a systolic blood pressure (BP) of 140 mmHg or...
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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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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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Leonid Ber, MD
resolving-vitamin-b12-deficiency-using-oral-supplementationNew research validates high dose methylcobalamin lozenge regimen Vitamin B12 (often referred to as cobalamin) is an essential nutrient that can only be  obtained from diet or supplements. Its main function in the body is to assist in the synthesis of DNA. As a result, quickly dividing cells such as red blood cells are among the most frequently affected by cobalamin...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
battling-the-bulge-is-a-war-against-inflammationIn the Beginning… As a youth, I was one of the many who could not gain weight if he tried. My goal was to gain lean mass; however, I couldn’t even gain body fat back in the high school days. I was very skinny, and being so light was not helpful for my efforts to play baseball and basketball in high...
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Orthotics
Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
groin-strains History and Presenting Symptoms A 45-year-old male presents with occasional, moderate pain in his left hip and groin. He has been evaluated for hernia and arthritis, with no definitive diagnosis and no successful treatment. Physical therapy with various modalities and exercises felt good, but didn’t resolve his problem. He says that he has noticed these symptoms for at least the past...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
shin-splints-in-an-amateur-runnerHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 28-year-old graphic artist who has been running regularly for the past ten years.  She reports the recent onset and gradual worsening of pain in the front of her right lower leg, which is now limiting her physical activity routines.  The leg pain is described as an “aching soreness” that has been getting progressively...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
consider-hobbies-to-determine-whats-causing-painAs chiropractors, when we conduct our case histories and examinations we typically determine mechanisms of injury to be related to specific instances of trauma, repetitive macrotrauma or microtrauma. However, we should also consider posture, activities of daily living and hobbies as these can sometimes be the root cause of a patient’s pain. Today we are going to take into consideration...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
surgical-repair-kneeds-extra-care History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 49-year-old male who reports frequent aching and stiffness in his lower back. He denies any back injuries, but does relate an injury to his right knee that resulted in a full tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Two years ago, he had a surgical reconstruction of the ACL using...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
metatarsal-stress-fractureHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 32 year-old personnel manager who has taken up running for stress reduction and weight control. She has been running for six months, and has been progressively increasing her mileage. She is experiencing recurring and worsening pain in her right foot, also increased low-back tightness. She recalls no specific injury to her foot or...
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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
small-businesses-keeping-up-with-online-presence The world of marketing is changing. It is not the same as five years ago, ten years ago, or even one year ago. Because of this, it is imperative for us to begin to look at all of our marketing efforts and avenues, and make changes accordingly. Change should be made not only in the way we target...
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Practice Management
Dr. Mark Studin DC, FASBE, DAAPM, DAAMLP
95-of-the-population-cared-for-by-chiropractic-the-first-step-is-up-to-you I have written before that it took chiropractic 115 years to care for 5-7% of the population. Frankly, that is powerful, considering the obstacles we had to overcome. However, it is not nearly enough and we, as a profession, have to do better. The status quo is not enough. I have had the honor of meeting many who handcuffed themselves to...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
treatment-protocols Treatment protocols are care paths, based upon accepted utilization guidelines and a consensus among the healthcare delivering team, that organize the diagnostic and therapeutic services that are appropriate to a patient’s condition and how often each should be performed. Essentially, treatment protocols map out case management decisions and are individualized according to each patient’s specific complicating or attenuating factors. They...
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Dr. Miles Bodzin, D.C.
the-key-to-opening-any-practice- I was watching some professional baseball players warm-up before a game and it dawned on me. They’re doing the exact same thing I see the local little league players do. They were practicing the basics. I am sure every one of those players knew how to do the basics. But there they were, practicing them anyway. My question for you is,...
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Peter Fernandez, DC
finding-a-great-associateship-starting-a-new-practice-ivIn my previous articles, I described the types of associateships that are, and are not, successful.  Now that you know the type of associateship you should look for, here’s how to find that “needle-in-a-haystack associateship from Heaven.” A potential associate should search for an established doctor who is earning $500,000 or more per year.  Do not associate with a doctor practicing...
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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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Mark Sanna, D.C.
case-management-flow-sheetsManaged care, multi-provider practices, and increased medicolegal regulation require thorough clinical documentation.  At the same time, the realities of business and reimbursement constraints necessitate that this documentation be as efficient as possible. Case management flow sheets are an effective means of templating patient evaluation, care, and the procedural approach that a practitioner would ordinarily use in case management.  With a minimal...
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Radiology
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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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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drmarks380
chiropractic-clinician-and-the-radiologist-a-partnership-with-a-caveatIt is critical for every chiropractor to have a support team of health care specialists in order to render the highest level of care for our patients. The radiologist is the first specialist that you should add to your team. In the triaging of our patients, the progression is to create an accurate diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan and then...
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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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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
librarian-overdue-for-pelvic-pain-relief History and Presenting Symptoms A 37-year-old female describes a history of occasional pain in her lower back region, most noticeable on the left side.  She states that her low back pain “just seems to come and go,” with no obvious triggering activities.  Her pain is localized to the posterior hip region, and does not extend below the pelvis.  She is...
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Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
benign-or-malignant-thats-the-questionHistory This adult male patient presents with hip pain and a lesion is found on X-ray. Is this likely to be benign or malignant?   Note the well demarcated geographic radiolucent lesion in the proximal femur. It has a sharp zone of transition around it with a sclerotic border. These roentgen signs suggest a benign lesion. Diagnosis: Monostotic Fibrous Dysplasia...
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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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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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Dr. Mitch Mally
post-operative-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-ctsHistory and Subjective Complaints 53-year-old male factory worker/forklift operator complains of bilateral hand numbness, burning, tingling and loss of grip strenth in the thumb, index and ring fingers, bilaterally. Nocturnal aggravation of the hands resulted in a workers compensation case. Over the course of 9 years, the patient failed operative recovery: 4 left CTS surgeries, 3 right CTS surgeries and, subsequently,...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
getting-the-rehab-job-doneA large percentage of patients don’t perform the home-based rehabilitative exercises that are recommended to them.1  Even though you spend precious time deciding which exercises will be helpful and explaining them to the patient, your experience has probably been the same as most chiropractors:  Too many patients just can’t seem to do their exercises.  And yet, you know that if...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
preventing-injury-during-summer-activitiesWith the approach of summer, more of our patients are turning their attention to getting outdoors and exercising. Activities can range from walking to the mailbox to running local 5K races. Regardless of our patients’ activity levels, an important factor in keeping them out of pain is addressing the shoes they are wearing. Different Activities, Different Needs Commonly, someone who begins...
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John K. Hyland, D.C.
exercise-for-healthy-agingThere is now a wealth of data that supports the value of aerobic and resistance exercise for the geriatric population. Improvements are seen in weight and body composition, greater insulin sensitivity, decreased falls/improved balance, better psychological health, less frailty and improved function. With exercise, the resting blood pressure lowers, and there is a reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality.1...
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Techniques
Allan Oolo Austin, DC, DO, NMD, CCRD, CCSP, DAc, FIAMA, CFIS, PhD (Hon)
how-to-prevent-sports-injuries-using-qfunctional-muscle-neurologyqrWithout question the main cause of elite athletes not attaining their goals is injuries.  Debilitating injury to muscles or tendons being the culprit. Much has been discovered in recent years relating to the imbalance mechanisms of aberrant and imbalanced pull pattern muscule function. (Janda, Lewit, Leibenson, et al, etc.) Creating an afferent barrage for a neurosummation effect using the Trigenics...
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Brice Vickery, D.C.
tvm-vs-a-chiropractic-wastelandChiropractic, a Wasteland? Things have never been better.  Accepted in all states, academic accreditation, almost full members of the healing arts is the way most see it.  This euphoria disappears when you compare it to what it could become and what it did become for me, and the little group of doctors who have studied TVM (The Vickery Method). It would...
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Warren I. Hammer, DC, MS, DABCO
fascial-manipulationcfmModern myth has it that doctors in Europe are ahead of us in new methods of healing.  The truth of this may be dubious but it does underscore the importance of keeping abreast of healing advances in other countries as we strive to achieve the highest possible level in care for our patients.    Three years ago, I was invited to Italy...
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M.T. Morter, Jr., B.S., M.A., D.C.
new-brain-science-old-school-thinking-a-closer-look-at-the-best-technique  Almost 50 years ago, I entered Logan College with a master’s degree in science education.  Although chiropractic was described as an “art and a science,” I was most interested in the science.  I was taught that the science of this profession evolved and revolved around the concept of encroachment of a nerve in the spine, specifically the intervertebral foramen (IVF). ...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
but-i-feel-fineHow did you know that? Picture the scene. I’m checking people during a recent Masters Circle seminar using Koren Specific Technique (KST). I had just given a talk. The line of doctors and CA’s waiting to be adjusted was long. As I expect, people are having incredible responses. But what’s often most fascinating is the ability to tell them what...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
effects-of-kinetic-resistance-mobilization-on-qfrozen-elbowq-syndrome-fesABSTRACT Introduction: This study presents an entirely new approach in the treatment of “Frozen Elbow” Syndrome (FES) using movement with resistance, Kinetic Resistance Mobilization (KRM). FES is described as a loss of normal Range of Motion (ROM) at the humeroulnar articulation. The attempted movements may or may not be associated with pain, weakness or parathesia; but, in the four cases presented...
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