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David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)
nerve-first-approach“Nerve First” Approach by David Fletcher, D.C., F.C.C.S.S.(C)   Dr. Fletcher is a 1980 graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College with a Fellowship in Chiropractic Sport Sciences. He trains and teaches thousands of chiropractors to interpret and communicate the power of chiropractic care, using CLA’s Insight scanning technologies. He continues to practice daily, while developing new strategies for...
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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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Jay Kennedy, DC Michael Schneider, DC., PH.D David Seaman, D.C.
herniated-discs-and-conservative-treatments    Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of Palmer College and has been in both private and MD/DC practices in Berlin, PA, for over 23 years. He is a leading authority in North America on decompression and rehabilitation procedures and has successfully treated tens of thousands of patients. He has pioneered decompression therapy technique since 1993. Dr....
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TAC Staff: Nutritional Supplements
best-selling-nutritional-products AC GRACE Price Range: $9.50-$35.50 UNIQUE E Mixed Tocopherols Concentrate: Pure, all-natural mixed tocopherols vitamin E complex–700mg softgel capsules with 400 I.U. of d-alpha, and 300mg d-gamma content. No soy oil as filler. For more information, call 1-800-833-4368.        Be well homeopathic Wholesale: $9.75; SRP: $15.90 Flu Terminator 2 Oz (Also Available in1 Oz spray) (Ten Ingredients) FDA Registered....
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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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Dr. James L. Chestnut , D.C., F.I.C.C., F.A.C.C.
evidence-based-wellness-careDr. James L. Chestnut has been studying human wellness for over 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Physical Education degree, a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology with a specialization in neurological adaptation, is a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Canada, and holds a post-graduate Certification in Wellness.   Award....
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Interviews
Thomas G. E. DePuydt, M.D.
finding-common-grounds-and-goalsThomas DePuydt is an M.D. who specializes in Sports Medicine, and recognizes the importance of taking an integrated approach to treating musculoskeletal injuries. In an interview with The American Chiropractor (TAC), Dr. DePuydt discusses the “paradigm change” which he sees taking place in modern day medicine. TAC: Give our readers some background information about yourself. DePuydt: I grew up in Northern Michigan wanting to...
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Debra Brown, C.E.O.
on-the-state-levelTAC: What does the FCA do for its members to stimulate practice growth? FCA: The primary mission of the FCA is to improve access to chiropractic services for Floridians.  We do this by legislative initiatives, seeking to knock down barriers and overcome inequities in all of the state-regulated programs that provide for health care services.  We also provide continuous updates to our members...
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William Koch, D.C.
restoring-energy-balances-in-the-body-a-straight-chiropractor-re-thinks-acupunctureInterview with Dr. John Amaro   John A. Amaro DC, L.Ac., FIAMA, Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl.Med.Ac., is an internationally known author, lecturer and practitioner. He began his practice of Acupuncture and Chiropractic in 1971. He has led 13 diplomatic Acupuncture study tours of The People's Republic of China escorting more than 500 doctors and practitioners. He has personally studied acupuncture in nine separate...
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leading-care-through-innovation-and-passionDr. Kevin Jardine graduated from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2002 and has been in practice for just over a decade. Dr. Jardine comes from a background in exercise science from the University of New Brunswick.    Dr. Jardine is the co-creator of SpiderTech which has become a globally recognized brand delivering kinesiology taping products and education. On top of providing the...
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William H. Koch, DC interviews
interview-with-jeff-rockwell-dc-of-manual-neuroscience-methodsr-Dr. Jeff Rockwell, DC is a chiropractor, bodyworker and somatic educator, with a passionate interest in the neuroscience of manual therapy.  A pioneer in the use of instrumentation in neuromuscular therapy, Rockwell has been a popular teacher on the seminar circuit for the past twenty years. Professor of Clinical Sciences at Parker University for many years, he is the author...
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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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Nutrition
Mark Sanna, D.C.
the-new-lifestyle-chiropractic-exercise-nutrition-a-wellnessPhysical Activity and Good Nutrition It’s a sad fact that chronic disease accounts for seven of every ten U.S.  deaths, and for more than 60% of medical care expenditures.  The prolonged illness and disability associated with many chronic diseases decrease quality of life for millions of Americans.  The chiropractic profession long has taken the stance that, with proper intervention and education,...
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Frank J. King Jr., N.D., D.C.
enhancing-the-benefits-of-nutritionIn our culture, we are finding that most patients are open to new ideas and desire to explore alternative therapies to answer their healthcare needs.  Such progressivism is great, but that openness has spawned an enormous and sometimes  unwieldy explosion in alternative healthcare products, procedures, and professions in the market today. In the vast ocean of health products, from...
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Todd Singleton, D.C.
have-you-considered-using-nutrition-to-help-patients-with-neuropathyAbout seven years ago, I switched from an insurance-based practice treating solely musculoskeletal conditions to an all-cash practice treating some musculoskeletal conditions as well as a lot of additional conditions like obesity, diabetes, fibromyalgia and candida. During my first 20 years of practice, when a patient came in with serious neuropathy in their feet or hands, I was not able...
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Howard Berg, D.C., C.C.S.P., and Christopher Fuzy, M.S., R.D, L.D/N.
provide-far-reaching-benefits-using-a-lifestyle-nutrition-counseling-programProvide Far-Reaching Benefits Using a Lifestyle Nutrition Counseling Program by Howard Berg, D.C., C.C.S.P., and Christopher Fuzy, M.S., R.D, L.D/N.   As chiropractors, most of the nutritional counseling programs we offer our patients focus on nutritional supplements. Occasionally, meal replacements or packaged foods are recommended. Go to the weight management section in your local yellow pages. Everybody is advertising...
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Dr. Howard F. Loomis, D.C.
what-do-you-have-to-see-before-you-know-what-to-doStructural Stress During the 20th century, chiropractors established themselves as the experts in the recognition and correction of structural deviations from normal. The chiropractic profession has survived the slings and arrows of its detractors by producing consistent results for relief of back pain, headaches, sprains and strains, and many other structural problems. Important contributions have been made in the management of...
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Ellen Cutler, D.C.
micro-miracles-discover-the-healing-power-of-enzymes Enzymes are the essential building blocks of life, the natural chemical catalysts that regulate all of the metabolic processes in your body—from digestion to immune function to tissue repair to hormonal balance to the rate at which you age. The 3,000 enzymes in the body regulate the thousands of daily biological tasks that keep the human organism healthy and...
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Orthotics
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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TAC Staff
news-of-the-profession Chiropractic in Military Medicine Chiropractic services are offered at several United States military bases and veterans healthcare locations. An article in the June 2009 issue of the journal Military Medicine discusses, in an effort to increase awareness and improve interdisciplinary collaboration, when to refer patients for chiropractic care. The article titled "Chiropractic in US military and veterans’ health care" by Drs....
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johndanchik
a-better-life-by-avoiding-the-knifeHistory and Presenting Symptoms The patient is a 44-year-old male who describes persistent pain and occasional stiffness in his right knee that is not associated with any specific activity.  He reports at least two years of recurring episodes of medial knee pain that just comes and goes with no swelling or inflammation.  Previous evaluations, including a knee MRI, have resulted in...
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Dr. John Danchik, D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.C.C.
case-study-ankle-pain-in-a-young-athleteHistory and presenting symptoms: The patient is a 16-year-old athlete who plays football and baseball.  He reports recurrent pain in his left ankle over the past year, especially after lengthy running practices.  Occasionally, the ankle will swell, which he treats with an ice pack and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.  He recalls no specific injury and has no significant disability, but is concerned...
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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.
heel-pain-in-a-cross-country-runner History and Presenting Symptoms A 21-year-old female cross-country runner presents with pain around her right heel that extends into the underside of her large toe, and is limiting her running. The pain has been present for about six weeks and has not responded to her use of stretching, ice and ibuprofen. She has also noticed that her altered gait is...
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Practice Management
Ron Short, D.C., MCS-P
why-am-i-suddenly-getting-reviewed-by-medicareI have heard this question a lot as I consult with chiropractors all over the country. In a discussion with one doctor, he stated that six years ago he had been reviewed with no problems or errors. He was reviewed a few months ago and had a 100% error rate. The puzzling part was that he hadn’t changed his documentation...
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Mark Sanna, D.C.
practice-management-tipsQ: I am interested in the field of occupational healthcare, but my approaches to industry have been unsuccessful in the past.  How can I break down the barrier I seem to be confronting? A:  The treatment of most workplace injuries involves a “wait and see” approach, coupled with time off, bed rest, medication or surgery, and typically terminates in some degree...
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Tom Owen III, and Todd Osborne, D.C.
excerpt-from-the-book-chiropractic-from-a-businessmans-perspective  *Note:  Thomas A Owen III has recently written a book, co-authored by Dr. Todd Osborne, entitled, “Chiropractic From a Businessman’s Perspective”. Following is an excerpt from the book:Many doctors tell us that when they think of efficiency as it relates to their office, they think of paper work or something that involves tasks performed at the front desk by their...
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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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Eric Kaplan, D.C., F.I.A.M.A.
budgeting-a-planning-budgeting-includes-short-and-long-term-plansLook Beyond Next Year! We are very excited when we get more new patients. To get new patients, marketing is important, but financial management can be the key to successful marketing. Once you get a new patient, the key is to get them to accept care, which is the importance of a Report of Findings. Remember, no person calls...
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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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Radiology
Dr. Terry R. Yochum, D.C.; D.A.C.B.R.; Fellow, A.C.C.R. and Dr. Chad J. Maola, D.C.
osteoarthritis-of-the-handDegenerative Joint Disease (DJD) General considerations: • Non-inflammatory degeneration of joint cartilage with secondary effects on adjacent bone. • The most common form of arthritis. • Synonyms include osteoarthritis. Clinical Features: • Pain, stiffness, crepitus, deformity and swelling, with normal laboratory studies. • Three types identified:  Primary, secondary and erosive. Primary: Unknown cause, 5th-6th decade, females 10-1, weight-bearing joints. Secondary: Known cause, 2nd-6th decade, equal sex distribution, any joint. Erosive osteoarthritis (EOA):...
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Paul Sherman, D.C.
a-case-of-radish Discussion:     RA/DISH is a disorder involving two conditions: rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), which is also known as Forestiers disease or ankylosing hyperostosis.1,3,5 RA is considered the most common inflammatory arthritide.1 It is a systemic connective tissue disorder that primarily affects the synovial lined joints.1 It is characterized by an inflammatory, hyperplastic...
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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.
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. 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.
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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Terry R. Yochum, D.C., D.A.C.B.R., Fellow, A.C.C.R., and Alicia M. Yochum, D.C., R.N., BSN
sacral-fracturesCase History:  This male patient was working on the roof of his garage when he slipped and fell 12 feet to the concrete pavement of his driveway.  He has sharp pain over his proximal sacrum. Does he have a fracture? Diagnosis:  Note the fracture through the anterior surface of the second sacral segment creating an acute offset of its anterior cortical...
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Rehabilition
Dr. Mark R. Payne, D.C.
worlds-best-traction There are basically two types of chiropractors: those concerned with correcting spines and those who aren't. Truthfully, the latter group probably won't even bother reading this article. Since you're here, I'll assume you have at least some genuine interest in trying to deliver real and lasting structural corrections to your patients. As you've probably found out, it's kind of hard...
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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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John K. Hyland, D.C.
sport-specific-rehabThe rehabilitation process for injured athletes is often divided into three distinct phases: acute, recovery and functional.1 A comprehensive rehabilitation plan will include different types of exercises tailored for each of the three healing phases. Each phase is important for a successful return to sports activity, but the last one may be the most critical, and is the one that...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.
a-runner-with-the-wrong-orthoticsA Runner with the Wrong Orthotics by Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C.   Today the doctor of chiropractic has many choices when choosing the type of Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers, or custom-made orthotics, to use in his office. We must first and foremost use orthotics from a company that also supports our profession. Secondly, these orthotics must be custom made,...
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Kim D. Christensen, D.C., C.C.S.P., D.A.C.R.B.
rehab-for-busy-schedulesThere have been various recommendations over the years in our profession about the recommended number of repetitions and sets of exercises that patients should perform.  To judge for yourself what numbers are best for those in your care, you need to consider several factors — not the least of which is the hectic, fast-paced lives many of your patients already...
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Dr. Kirk A. Lee, D.C., C.C.S.P.
shin-splints-and-rehab-careShin splints is one of the more common problems that can occur in active patients, especially during the spring and summer months. It is important to maintain an awareness of this frequent complaint and know the signs to look for during diagnosis. Help keep your active patients in step with their lifestyles!   Symptoms   The pain associated with shin splints...
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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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Allan Gary Oolo Austin, D.C.
an-advanced-method-for-treating-strokeRecently there has been much publicity surrounding the claims that neck manipulation by chiropractors can cause stroke or even death via cervical artery dissection.  This type of publicity has generated much concern for chiropractic patients and the general public.  Although, after carefully addressing the patient’s concern and informing them on the risk of neck manipulation (less than 1:500,000–1 million1), some...
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Arlan Fuhr, DC
where-when-and-when-not-to-adjustToday, with more and more studies concluding that the standard methods of chiropractic analysis are unreliable and not reproducible, many doctors of chiropractic are looking for a way to analyze the spine and extremities that can give them assurance.  Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) utilizes a protocol incorporating leg length analysis, pre- and post-adjustment, to determine exactly where, when and...
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Charles L. Blum, DC
sacral-cup-treating-the-malposition-of-sacral-segments The Sacral Cup Test and adjustment can be an extremely important tool for the chiropractor because of its ability to help stabilize a chronic unstable sacroiliac (SI) joint, especially if it is slow to respond to traditional category two pelvic procedures. [Figure 1] In addition, it gives the doctor a tool to determine the presence of a complication in...
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Jeanne Ohm, D.C.
the-webster-technique-in-pregnancy-for-safer-easier-birthsChiropractic care is essential for the pregnant mother. Her systems and organs are now providing for two, and their optimal function is critical for the baby’s healthy development. The mother’s spine and pelvis undergo many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby, and the risk of interference to her nerve system is substantially increased. Specific chiropractic care throughout...
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Dr. Pamela Stone, D.C., C.A.C.C.P.
infertility-a-chiropracticIf you have been in practice for any length of time, you probably have heard a comment from a patient saying she has gotten pregnant while under chiropractic care. Sometimes inferences are made as a joke, "Hey, my chiropractor got me pregnant." People within the chiropractic profession aren’t always surprised by this, as improved function...
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