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Dr. Richard E. Busch, III, D.C.
success-enhanced-with-axial-decompression Dr. Richard E. Busch III, a second-generation chiropractor, has been in practice for almost eleven years. Busch Chiropractic is a cash-based, single practitioner, blended practice of standard quality chiropractic care, personal injury and pain center, focusing on chronic low-back and cervical disc cases that are facing invasive care, such as surgery, or have had previous failed surgeries. Many of Dr....
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Western Sciences Chiropractic College
western-states-chiropractic Being a successful chiropractor can mean different things to different people. Should success be based solely on the amount of income earned in a given year or the number of vacations taken in a lifetime? Is it determined by total income generated divided by hours worked and multiplied by vacations taken? At Western States, our students and alumni have...
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Freddie Ulan, D.C.
nutrition-adding-value-to-a-chiropractic-practiceDr. Ulan earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Chiropractic Institute of New York, completing the 4500-hour, nine-semester program in thirty-six consecutive months. He graduated with honors in 1965. Ulan Nutritional Systems (UNS) is a training center where nutritionally-oriented practitioners gather to learn, and attain mastery of the clinical and practice management techniques Dr. Ulan used in building his highly...
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George LeBeau, D.C.
the-quest-for-athletes-peak-performance Dr. George Le Beau is a 1972 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College of Los Angeles. His thirty-four years of continuous private practice have been devoted, in large part, to the treatment of athletes from Gymboree toddlers to the Senior ...
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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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TAC Staff
the-state-of-the-chiropractic-professionAs The American Chiropractor celebrates its 30 Year Anniversary, our panel of leaders look back on just how far the chiropractic profession has come and what lies ahead.     Dr. Louis Sportelli President of NCMIC Dr. Sportelli has served in many capacities throughout his 47-year career in chiropractic. He is currently serving as President of NCMIC Group ...
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Interviews
Harold McCoy, D.C.
mccoys-track-recordWith almost 30 years of experience in practice, Dr. Harold McCoy has established quite a track record in incorporating chiropractic to achieve optimal sports performance in world-class athletes. It all started in the 80’s, when Dr. McCoy treated Olympic athletes like Evander Holyfield and served seven years at the University of Washington as part of the Multidisciplinary Sports Medicine Staff,...
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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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Dr. Daniel J. Murphy D.C., D.A.B.C.O.
interview-with-dan-murphy-dcWith this issue’s focus on Seminars & Education Opportunities, The American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews one of the most knowledgeable and respected speakers and educators in the chiropractic profession, Dr. Daniel Murphy. A 1978 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, Dr. Murphy began clinical practice in 1978, in Oregon.  Not long after, he became a part-time faculty member at Life Chiropractic College...
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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. 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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George Michalopoulos, D.C.
million-dollar-chiropractic-features-dr-george-michalopoulosEach article in the MILLION DOLLAR CHIROPRACTIC series () 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. George Michalopoulos an extremely successful chiropractor who has practiced in Illinois,...
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Nutrition
David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
an-apple-a-day-can-be-a-key-to-the-nutritional-adjustmentPatients are always looking for something that is easy to do when it comes to their health. So, eating more fruits and vegetables can be challenging for many; however, transitioning to a healthy diet can begin with something as simple as eating an apple every day. The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” is still quite...
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Paul Frank, D.C
recommending-a-complete-supplement Americans consume large portions of highly processed, refined foods that have been stripped of nutrients.  These poor diet choices have lead to major diseases like heart disease and cancer.1,2,3,4,5  The nutritional supplement industry has attempted to rebalance the scale by supplying the nutrients that Americans are not getting from their diet.  However, rather than supplying nutrients as they would...
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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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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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Barry Sears, Ph.D.
what-is-wellnessWe assume we have it, yet we take it for granted until we’re sick. I’m referring to “wellness.” Webster’s dictionary defines wellness as the quality or state of being in good, health especially as an actively sought goal. This means we have to make an effort if we want to be healthy—something...
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Dr. Rodger Murphree, D.C.
excuse-me-can-we-talk-about-poop-Not necessarily the Best Topic for a Cocktail Party, I agree. However, for over 40 million Americans who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bowel movements are an important topic. Some experts report that irritable bowel syndrome affects approximately 10–20 percent of the general population. Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by a group of symptoms in which abdominal...
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Orthotics
Dr. Paul B. Bindell, D.C.
marketing-using-your-ehr-computer-system  Everyone knows that Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems are mandated under an assortment of Federal laws and Presidential edicts. Other than maintaining patient SOAP documentation and billing records, the better EHR programs include many marketing tools to build your practice and increase your income. How much income did your computer create for you? Is your computer program capable of doing more...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
plantar-fascitis-and-orthotic-supportThe classic presentation of plantar fascitis is “a sharp heel pain that radiates along the bottom of the inside of the foot.  The pain is often worse when getting out of bed in the morning.”1  This can occur in runners or other athletes who repetitively land on the foot.  Another susceptible group is middle-aged persons who have spent much time...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
recurrent-ankle-sprainsHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 38-year-old male, who plays soccer in an adult league on weekends.  He describes recurring episodes of pain and swelling along the outside of his right ankle for the past several years.  He presents for treatment of his lower extremity biomechanical faults, and wants to prevent future problems and improve his athletic performance...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
adult-flatfeet-and-orthotic-support Flatfoot (the absence of a medial longitudinal foot arch) is normally found during early human growth and development.  During childhood, we all start out with little or no arch.  Some people, however, never develop normal feet arches.  This situation differs from the collapse of normal arches due to excessive loading and eventual plastic deformation.  Are “normally” flattened feet a clinical...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
going-the-extra-mile-with-the-orthotics-processThe main values of providing custom orthotics are the postural support, protection, and comfort they offer to your patients.  Another important aspect of the orthotics process, however, is the help you can give your patients in getting reimbursed for these products.  Many patients hope that their orthotics will be considered a covered expense by their insurance companies.  For some...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
bunions-bother-a-businesswomanHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old female, who is the regional sales representative for several lines of gift items and pottery. She reports frequent pain in her feet, worse on the right side. The aching pain is located around the base of her first toes, both of which have a noticeable bulge. This pain is now interfering with her visits to...
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Practice Management
Dr. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.
healthcare-information-technology-the-key-to-unlocking-the-door-to-national-reformHealthcare Information Technology — The Key to Unlocking the Door to National Reform by Dr. Steven J. Kraus, D.C., D.I.B.C.N., C.C.S.P., F.A.S.A.   President Obama’s administration recently hosted forums on healthcare reform in cities across our country. I was fortunate to be included on the invitation list to the forum held in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa White House Forum...
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Craig Hennequant, DC
update-on-workers-compensationA graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in 1996, Dr. Craig Hennequant has been spending much of the past four years working with chiropractors nationwide to help them become more evidence-based and improve their documentation and care management. In his interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. Hennequant describes his findings and the future of chiropractic. TAC:  Tell us something about yourself. Hennequant:  Well,...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
the-seven-ps-of-persuasion 1. Perception Is Everything   Building your practice begins with building yourself. A Positive attitude is a good thing but not everything. It is the one P in my formula that drives the others. A Positive attitude, comes from within and takes time and effort. There are seven "P’s" that will enhance your ability to persuade others in both your work...
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Maurice A. Pisciottano, D.C.
the-importance-of-continuing-educationEven though all chiropractic doctorate degrees are earned through the stringent studies of chiropractic education, the actual license to practice chiropractic is another story. Nearly all chiropractors are governed by requirements for keeping the ability to practice their trade, if you will.  These requirements are not in place for the purpose of annoying the doctors, or for giving them a reason...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
become-accountableWhen you catch yourself asking bad questions, turn them around by asking questions that increase your personal accountability. Instead of asking questions like “Why don’t my children listen to me?” change the question to a more responsible one. Begin with “what” or “how” and then add an “I” to it. Ask yourself questions like “What can I do to be...
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Gregory M. Kingsbury, D.C.
looking-beyond-statistics-how-to-buy-a-chiropractic-practice Buying an existing chiropractic practice should be the most efficient and fastest way to financial success. For the new graduate, associate practitioner ready to branch out, or an experienced D.C. looking to expand, the benefits are numerous and the potential pitfalls many. For the last twenty-eight years, we have assisted hundreds of chiropractors in their quest to purchase the...
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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.
partial-agenesis-of-the-c-1-posterior-archEmbryology—Ossification of the first cervical vertebra begins about the seventh fetal week at the lateral masses and proceeds perichondrally in a dorsal direction, creating the posterior arch of the atlas.  In the second year of life, a secondary growth center for the posterior tubercle develops between these neural arches.  Complete fusion of the posterior arch should be noted between 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.
prostate-osteoblastic-metastasisHISTORY   This 60-year-old male patient presents with a history of prostate cancer with surgical removal. Note the metallic clips in the pelvic basin consistent with prostatectomy. There are multiple "snowball" areas of blastic metastasis scattered throughout the pelvis and proximal femora. This radiographic appearance is consistent with osteoblastic metastatic carcinoma from the prostate gland.     DISCUSSION   The sacrum and bones of...
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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.
the-positive-fat-pad-sign-what-is-itA useful sign of an intraarticular fracture of the elbow is the clear depiction of displaced humeral capsular fat-pads.1  In the normal elbow, a layer of fat (“fat-pad”) lies between the synovial and fibrous layers of both the anterior and posterior joint capsules.  In the lateral projection of the normal elbow, the anterior fat-pad is seen as an obliquely oriented...
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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.
fractures-of-the-clavicleHistory The young patient fell on an outstretched arm while playing football. Discussion The “S” shape and normal overlap with the upper ribcage renders the clavicle a difficult structure to evaluate on straight anteroposterior projections.  The optimum view is anteroposterior projections with 15 degrees cephalad tube angulation.  Weights (10-15 pounds) may be held to aid in detecting undisplaced fractures.  The exposure factors should be...
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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., Fellow, A.C.C.R. Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., B.S.N. 
fractures-of-the-pubis-and-ischium[Case History] This patient presents following severe trauma to the pelvic region after a motorcycle accident.   Diagnosis:  This patient has bilateral fractures of the superior and inferior pubic rami which has been referred to as a STRADDLE FRACTURE. Fortunately, this patient had no injury to the bladder, as bladder trauma is often present with fractures such as this. Of incidental notation is...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
getting-the-most-support-from-assisted-devicesAn elderly patient enters your office with complaints of low back pain. She is using an assisted device (e.g., cane, walker, crutches). As you watch her walk, you think to yourself, "She looks like Yoda from Star Wars, and I would hurt also if I were walking like that." Or your patient asks, "Dr. Bones, am I using my cane...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-core-workoutThe Core If you were to ask which muscle group you could focus on to provide your patients with the greatest benefits in the shortest amount of time, it would be the core. What is the core? The core consists of all the muscles in the abdominal and lower back areas. This includes the abdominal muscles: rectus abdominus, internal and external...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
what-works-what-doesnt Everyday, countless patients consult chiropractors seeking a solution for their problems. While some doctors confine themselves to purely symptomatic care, others will recommend treatment well beyond simple relief of pain. Such programs are typically geared toward "correcting the cause" of trouble and often require a considerable commitment of time and money by the patient. Unfortunately, many such programs which...
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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. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
hamstring-strains-and-orthotic-supportHamstring injuries and athletic running seem to go together.  The injuries also tend to reoccur and become chronic.  Often, the recovery rate becomes frustrating for the athlete as well as the practitioner.  While the etiology remains controversial, the primary causes may be considered, in order to enhance recovery and prevent reinjury. Main Causes Some of the most common causes of hamstring muscle...
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Roger R. Coleman, DC and Stephan J. Troyanovich, DC
a-brief-history-of-lumbar-traction-in-chiropractic-rehabilitationFrom its birth to the present, the chiropractic profession has been interested in methods to restore normal alignment (structure) to the spinal column, with the ultimate purpose of restoring normal function to the spine and nervous components housed inside.  Interestingly, mechanical traction has been used by chiropractors to reduce spinal misalignments, in spite of the fact that chiropractic is a...
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Techniques
Kirk Eriksen, D.C.
the-orthospinology-procedureI have had the opportunity to lecture on the science, art and philosophy of chiropractic to various crowds and venues for more than 10 years. The attendees have ranged from several hundred to intimate one-on-one seminars of a half dozen. However, “Chiropractic ’06” will present a unique opportunity for myself and other technique experts to share with an international crowd...
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Allan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
trigenics-myoneural-medicineAs a chiropractor, I have been focusing on the human nervous system and correction of related neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction for over twenty years. Although chiropractic adjustments constantly produce tremendous results, the holding elements and soft tissue components of the subluxation complex and biomechanical dysfunctions have been largely undervalued. Trigenics is a form of manual medicine that provides a solution to correcting...
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Dennis Woggon, B.Sc., D.C.
mvas-affect-form-and-function-of-the-c-spineTrauma, especially motor vehicle crashes (MVC), can change an individual’s posture. This will, in turn, affect the victim’s stance and gait, due to soft and hard tissue injuries which cause abnormal function. Humans adapt in time and need to their environment. The human body must adapt when external forces damage the internal environment. This induced...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
do-cranial-bones-moveWe were taught in school that the cranial bones are fused and do not move after infancy. That’s because we weren’t taught in Italian. What does language have to do with it? Read on. Cranial motion was introduced to the osteopathic profession by William G. Sutherland, DO, in the 1920’s. Sutherland was inspired by the 18th century philosopher and scientist Emmanuel...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
health-a-hydrationWhy isn’t this patient holding her adjustment?” I wondered. Koren Specific Technique (KST) practitioners are happy to find that their patients hold their adjustments for longer periods and rarely return with the same subluxation pattern. That is why I was so startled to find a patient whose subluxations returned. Why wasn’t she holding her adjustment? Her chronic migraines had decreased only...
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George Roth, D.C., N.D.
a-new-perspective-on-the-treatment-of-athletesI have worked with many elite athletes over the years and have always found the experience challenging and enlightening.  I say challenging because of the level of excellence they demand.  It is not good enough simply to get a top-level athlete out of pain.  The demands they place on their bodies require that every part work at its optimal level. ...
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