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Richard R. Shaker, D.C., R.T.P., C.P.T.I., C.C.S.P., A.C.R.B., C.S.C.S.
chiropractic-in-the-nflFor four seasons in the NFL, after having suffered a chest injury while playing my rookie year, I had not been able to breathe properly. I also had severe pain in my chest and rib cage. Previous to Dr. Shaker, I had seen every medical specialist, including other chiropractors—no one could help me. I was struggling to survive in...
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Jack Dolbin, D.C.
principles-of-a-sports-medicine-practiceIn the fall of 1993, I was attending a Villanova versus Northeastern University football game. My son was a red shirt freshman wide out and me, a retired NFL veteran. We sat together as spectators, dissecting the game and the individual player performances. In events that would decide the game, the Villanova field goal kicker, Frank Venezia, missed two very...
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x-ray-in-motionWhere other chiropractors were eager to open up their practice, Dr. Postlethwaite had different plans...   Dr. John Postlethwaite, the big man with the big idea. Dr. John, as he’s known in the profession, graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1987. He moved to the Tampa Bay area of Florida and received his Florida License in 1989. He also...
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TAC Staff
five-college-presidents-set-the-record-straight"Chiropractic is a remarkable profession with a legacy of dedicated men and women working diligently to make chiropractic universally available. As our profession grew and matured, so did chiropractic colleges.  They set the standard for what we can expect from our future doctors of chiropractic.  Our responsibility is to provide the best chiropractic education possible to the men and...
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Gerard Clum, D.C.
over-34-years-in-service-to-the-professionDr. Gerard W. Clum, the profession’s most senior chiropractic college president in the world, received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1973. He was a member of the Palmer faculty and practiced in Davenport, Iowa, in 1974 before becoming a member of the founding faculty of Life Chiropractic College in...
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TAC Staff
addiction-a-unique-chiropractors-pursuit-of-the-sourceInterview with Jay Holder, D.C.Dr. Holder is the first American to receive the Albert Schweitzer Prize in Medicine from the Albert Schweitzer-Gesellschaft, Austria. Dr. Holder is Adjunct Professor, St. Martin's College, Milwaukee; held appointment to the faculty at the University of Miami, Center for Addiction Studies and Education and held appointment as post graduate faculty at numerous chiropractic colleges including...
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Interviews
Dr. Deane Mink
million-dollar-chiropractor-interview-with-dr-deane-mink  Dr. Deane Mink's M$C Profile PERSONAL Married to wife, Sue, for 15 years; 7 children:  Mark, 43; Debbie, 41; Mike, 39; Matt, 36; Mitch, 29; Cheri, 32; and Christie, 25; 10 grandchildren. Recreation and Leisure:  Fishing and/or netting shrimp almost every week; boating; weekends at Florida waterfront properties; season ticket holder for Univ. of Florida football team. "GO GATORS!" Professional...
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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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TAC Staff
some-perspective-on-soft-tissue-interview-with-warren-hammer-dcDr. Warren Hammer has been in practice for 50 years. He graduated from Brooklyn College (BA) in 1955, Lincoln Chiropractic (DC) in 1960; Diplomate, American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists in 1975; instructor in spinal biomechanics, NYCC; University of Bridgeport (Human Biology-Nutrition, MS) 1979. He is a consultant for Graston Technique©. He attended seminars at Gonstead Clinic (20 X), Cyriax, Nimmo...
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Bill Koch, D.C.
neuro-modulation-technique-interview-with-dr-leslie-feinbergWe live in what is often called “the age of information”. In recent decades the United States has been making the transition from a major producer of manufactured goods to a major provider of information as the primary national product. The healing arts with all of its specialties and sub-specialties has also been experiencing a transformation. Every profession is...
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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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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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Nutrition
Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
alternative-healthcareOur Often Misguided Instincts Many of our beliefs were created by advertising.  A healthy body is the best advertisement.  It depicts a healthy life, which is the reality.  Beliefs are acquired throughout time, starting when we are very young.  We acquire a sweet tooth, and a taste for junk food.  We learn most of our behaviors from our culture, including our...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
un-complicating-nutrition-part-1-diet  At the time I am writing this article, it’s early in the morning, and millions of Americans are driving up to fast food restaurants for breakfast. The choices are typically eggs on a muffin, or eggs with meat on a muffin, or just a muffin and, of course, a cup of coffee. Millions more are at home eating cold cereal...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
a-pandemic-vitamin-d-deficiencyLike many of you, I grew up in “healthcare” with the view that vitamin D toxicity is a significant concern for those taking supplements. Even today, individuals with nutrition degrees maintain the notion that vitamin D supplementation is a risky endeavor. Consider your own visceral response to the following: “Many individuals would do well to take 10,000 IU’s of vitamin D...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
the-five-stages-of-pregnancy-part-iiiLactation and Depression Once the joyous day arrives and the healthy and happy baby has been delivered, it is time to address the postpartum nutritional requirements for both the mother and the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics has long advocated the use of breast milk as the primary food source for full-term infants.  In 1997, this advisory was extended...
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David Seaman, D.C., M.S., D.A.B.C.N., F.A.C.C.
what-about-the-recent-glucosamine-studyThe February 23rd, 2006, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published an article on the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee with glucosamine hydrochloride and chondroitin sulfate. Some of the news reports suggested this study demonstrated that glucosamine was ineffective in the treatment of arthritis. A closer look at the article suggests the opposite conclusion may be...
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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. 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.
morning-heel-painHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 56-year-old male who reports severe pain on the bottom of his right foot when he begins to walk in the morning.  He also notices pain under his right heel when he has been standing for a long time (greater than one-half hour).  Over-the-counter pain medications help somewhat; but his condition does not seem...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
q-angle-problems-increased-running-increases-pain History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 22-year-old recent college graduate, who reports a history of participation in many team sports in school, including field hockey, soccer, and softball. She admits that she has always had occasional knee problems, especially on the left side. She is now running regularly for fitness, and her left knee is noticeably...
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Dr. Paul B. Bindell, D.C.
audit-proof-your-practice The curse is that insurance companies use computers to burden and audit you. The blessing is greater because the computer protects you from audits, minimizes paperwork and eliminates 95% of paper filing.   Doctors praise Electronic Health Record (EHR) computers. When audited, those doctors produced high quality SOAP records that matched the bills. The only loss was a small amount of...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
ankle-sprains-and-active-supportAnkle sprains are common injuries, because the ankle is required to perform complex movements under high forces during normal walking.  This can be particularly important for patients who participate in recreational activities and sports that require running and jumping.  Proper evaluation and management in the early stages of an ankle sprain are very important in preventing chronic instabilities.  With appropriate...
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Kirk Lee, D.C.
understanding-the-mechanism-of-plantar-fascitisAs chiropractors, our primary focus of care is the chiropractic adjustment. Based on our education in science, art and philosophy, we decide how and where to apply the chiropractic adjustment. Our treatment of a patient’s condition is based on the reduction or stabilization of the resulting subluxation complexes. We listen to our patients’ concerns and answer their questions, but we...
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Practice Management
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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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
financial-management-for-officesLook beyond next year! This article begins our series on budgeting for your chiropractic practice. We’re starting now so it concludes this fall, when you can use it to develop your practice’s 2006 budget. So many chiropractors have no budget, no plan. We bill and hope to ...
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Susan Blackard, R.N., N.D.c, M.H.A., F.N.P.c
the-multidisciplined-approach-to-growing-your-practiceSo I bet you’re getting all the clients you can handle and don’t want any more right? Let’s be honest, we could all benefit by having at least a few more people walk through the door. But where do you start? To get more information, I caught up with Dr. Mark Steenerson of Minnesota. A few years ago, he was asking himself...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-power-of-visualizationIf you envision money falling from the sky, would it? Probably not; although, it’s a nice mental image, isn’t it? Seeing is only the first step. The next step is to take aggressive action toward achieving your goal. I associate the concept of seeing with the word visualization. Suppose that you earn $2,000 per month and you want to...
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Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
can-a-value-added-strategy-boost-revenueThe answer is simply yes.  The key is to provide more services, not bill more for the same old services.  The future of our profession is bright.  Technology is adding a new paradigm to the 21st century.  Professional athletes are getting results and honoring chiropractic like never before.  Often, this is done by adding new technologies to your clinic.  How...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
breakthrough-coachings-million-dollar-The American Chiropractor (TAC) interviews Dr. Mark Sanna, CEO of Breakthrough Coaching, about his company’s efforts to “give back” to the chiropractic profession. TAC: Tell us a little bit about the history of your company. Sanna: Breakthrough Coaching’s mission is to leave a legacy in the creation of a generation of chiropractic philanthropists whose vision is to see chiropractic receive widespread public...
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Radiology
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. 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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Terry R. Yochum
what-is-the-vacuum-signby Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Chad J. Maola, D.C.   History:  An adult male patient with a long history of low back pain. Discussion:The vacuum sign (of Knutts en) is an important early radiographic finding.  Essentially, this represents collections of nitrogen gas in nuclear and annular fissures and  presents as an area of linear radiolucency in the disc space.1  ...
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Lisa Brittain, D.C., B.S.
tourette-syndrome-and-chiropractic-careTourette Syndrome and Chiropractic Care by Lisa Brittain, D.C., B.S.   History and Presenting Symptoms The patient is an 11-year-old male who was diagnosed at the age of four with Tourette syndrome. He has complex vocal and motor tics, which are made worse by stress. The tics affect his daily life; school, sports and his self esteem. The patient also notices he 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.
erosive-osteoarthritisHistory: This female patient complains of pain at the base of her thumb. An X-ray reveals what? Diagnosis: Observe the sclerosis and osteophytes at the base of the first metacarpal, which represents erosive osteoarthritis. Of incidental notation is congenital fusion of the capitate and the hamate (carpal coalition). EROSIVE OSTEOARTHRITIS General considerations: This is a distinctive clinical and radiographic variant of degenerative...
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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.
transverse-process-fracturesDiscussion Transverse Process Fractures Transverse process fractures are the second most common fractures of the lumbar spine, with compression fractures being the most common. They occur usually secondary to a severe hyperextension and lateral flexion blow to the lumbar spine from avulsion of the paraspinal muscles. The most common segments to suffer transverse process fractures are L2 and L3. Radiographically, the fracture line appears...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Dennis Woggon & Dr. Josh Woggon
the-importance-of-good-formWhat Scoliois Can Teach Us about Postural Rehab  Manifestation of any health problem is not a spontaneous event; before the clinical onset, precluding factors exist.  Although these factors are unique in each patient, understanding how they contributed to the malady is the first step in reversing it.  Regardless of the specific disorder, the crux of the issue is mal-adaptation: the body...
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Daniel Dahan, D.C.
step-by-step-rehab-centerAbout 83 million people in the U.S. (42% of the adult population) used at least one alternative therapy in 1997.  Usage among those 35-40-years-old is even higher, at 50%. The estimated number of visits in 1997 to providers of “unconventional therapy”  (629 million) was greater than the number of visits to all primary care medical doctors nationwide (386 million)....
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
importance-of-foot-function-in-the-gait-cycleImportance of Foot Function in the Gait Cycle by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   An essential part of our chiropractic examination should include evaluation of the gaitcycle, with special consideration toward the patientwho has chronic musculoskeletal-related pain. In previous articles we have discussed several components of the gait cycle. Our most recent article talked about how abnormal patterns...
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Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
postural-rehab-the-problem-with-physics-why-we-failLast issue, i documented the ineffectiveness of traditional adjustments to substantially change spinal structure. I would like to explain one key reason why adjustments, typically, produce very little structural change. Once you understand how the laws of physics sabotage your adjustments, you’ll be well on your way to making the best corrections of your career. The problem with physics is...
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Burl Pettibon, D.C., F.A.C.B.S., F.R.C.C.M., Phd. (Hon)
the-misunderstood-component-in-musculo-skeletal-health-careIs it possible to walk through a doorway when the door is closed? That strange question is a metaphor that can be used to describe the difference in research-based rehabilitation to prepare the spine for corrective procedures with little to no pain versus no preparation at all or, worse yet, substituting bilateral strengthening exercises for rehab to prepare the spine...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
the-functional-approach-to-rehab-exerciseSelecting the ideal exercises for patients with back conditions requires judgment based on clinical experience and scientific evidence.  There are several approaches to rehabilitation, and many different types of exercises are available; however, patients have a limited amount of time, willingness, and enthusiasm to exercise.  Therefore, we must always try to give our patients the most effective exercises for their...
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Techniques
Charles L. Blum, DC
managing-acute-low-back-patientsImagine a scenario where a patient walks into the clinic or your office in acute pain—grimacing in pain, antalgic, and guarded in all movements.  You’re barely able to take vital signs, and neurological and orthopedic examinations are difficult to perform due to the patient’s severe apprehension.  A radiograph or MRI finds no fracture or osteopathology, but possibly some degree of...
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Burl R. Pettibon, DC, FABCS,FRCCM, PhD (Hon) and Sharon Freese-Pettibon, B.A., C.T.
prehabilitation-the-gift-that-keeps-on-givingIt would appear that D.D. Palmer was correct when he said that nerves are involved in all diseases; he just didn’t have the research in his age to prove it. As time goes on and research continues, the information coming out clearly substantiates his hypothesis.   The brain’s ability to change its neural network connections and behavior in response to new information,...
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Donald Epstein, DC
somato-respiratory-integration-exercises-to-relieve-stressA patient calls in the middle of your weekend feeling great distress about their experience under your care; what do you tell them?  You have a patient who seems to be so unresponsive to care, you feel lost.  You are looking for your practice members to take more responsibility for their health, wellness and healing processes.  If you have ever...
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Tedd Koren, D.C.
medical-manipulation-or-chiropractic-adjustingChiropractic can be practiced either empirically or mechanistically. How could that be? Why is it important? Chiropractic’s approach to healthcare is similar to the empirical approach of classical homeopathy, classical osteopathy and other “holistic” healthcare systems. That approach, to balance or harmonize the individual within him/herself and to balance or harmonize the individual to his/her Source (soul, spirit, Tao, God), is...
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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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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
bioset-the-ultimate-allergy-elimination-systemBioSET™ (Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy) is a modern healing system that combines the ancient science of acupuncture and the body’s meridian system and 21st century electromagnetic technology and computer software for the diagnosis of food and environmental allergies, chemical sensitivities, toxicity, and weakness of organ systems. Developed over the last 25 years, this desensitization protocol has had great success...
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