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Workers’ Compensation Update: Chiropractic Care More Valuable and Cost-Efficient For Low Back Pain vs. Physician Care, Physical Therapy
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Written by TAC Staff   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 14:50

foundationchiroprogresslogoCARMICHAEL, Calif. – June 2, 2011 – A recent study conducted by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession, “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association with Disability Recurrence,” (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011, Vol. 53 Is. 4, p: 396-404) concludes chiropractic care to be more effective for common, work-related, low back pain (LBP), when compared to treatment by a physical therapist or physician. Overall, chiropractic patients illustrated lower medical expenses, fewer disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disability.

workerbackpainResearchers compared disability episodes across types of healthcare providers who treat claimants with new episodes of work-related LBP. After an analysis of 894 workers’ compensation cases, it was concluded that the preventive healthcare, predominantly and explicitly recommended by chiropractic doctors, is associated with lower disability recurrences. In this study, a recurrent disability is defined as the resumption of at least 15 consecutive days of temporary total disability payments following the health maintenance stage -- the period following a patient’s recovery and restoration of optimal health.

“A chiropractor provides an effective approach to maintain health, a key component in preventing episode recurrence,” says Gerard Clum, D.C. and spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. “The clear trend revealed in this study shows chiropractic care resulting in the best outcomes, and the mechanism being used deserves the attention of both the consumer and healthcare professional.”

Ten percent of patients experienced recurrent disability due to LBP between initial disabilities and the subsequent return-to-work or healthcare phase. After controlling demographic and severity factors, when compared to recipients cared for mostly by physicians and/or physical therapists, those treated mostly by chiropractors showed consistently better outcomes, less use of opioids, and had fewer surgeries, with overall lower medical expenses.

“A significant hypothesis derived from this study states that chiropractors may be instrumental in avoiding procedures or surgeries of unproven cost utility value or uncertain efficacy,” adds Dr. Clum.

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit us on the web at www.yes2chiropractic.com.

 
Graduates of Parker University College of Chiropractic Make Class Gift to Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:45

parkerdonationCARMICHAEL, Calif. – May 27, 2011 – The April 2011 graduates of Parker University College of Chiropractic donated $2,000 of its remaining class funds to support the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (www.f4cp.com), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits associated with chiropractic care.

“I am so proud that our graduates have chosen to support the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress,” says Fabrizio Mancini, D.C., FICC, FACC, FICA and president, Parker College of Chiropractic. This gift, which exemplifies their commitment and dedication to the expansion of chiropractic practice and study, is an investment toward their future, and one that will continue to positively impact the success of the profession.”

Parker University College of Chiropractic, a nonprofit, co-educational, private professional institution, is a leader among chiropractic institutions worldwide. The Dallas, Texas-based institution for students seeking a Doctor of Chiropractic degree is committed to furthering chiropractic wellness as a separate and distinct healing art.

The April 2011 graduates were the second class to donate funds to the Foundation.

Nick Anthony, D.C. and April 2011 class president, says, “The education Parker provided has paved the way toward a successful chiropractic career. What better way to show our appreciation and support than to donate the remainder of our class funds to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, whose mission is to generate awareness regarding the value of chiropractic.”

In addition to the Foundation, the graduating class of 70 students donated funds to the Chiropractic Games Club as well as the Alumni Association for the Endowed Scholarship Fund.

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit us on the web at www.yes2chiropractic.com or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).

 
Northwestern VP Named MCA Chiropractor of the Year
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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:27

nwhealthsciencesuCharles Sawyer, DC, senior vice president at Northwestern Health Sciences University, was named the Chiropractor of the Year by the Minnesota Chiropractic Association. He received the award at their Annual Convention May 21. Chiropractor of the Year is awarded to one who provides outstanding service to the chiropractic profession and the MCA. “The honoree is dedicated to programs, projects and issues that have been influential in helping position the chiropractic profession in the community and health care arena, says Jennifer Olafson, MCA’s education and event specialist. “They must also have a good community service record.”

Dr. Sawyer shares credit for the award. “It is nice that the MCA values the efforts here at the University. It is confirmation of the importance of our partnership. I would consider it an acknowledgment of collective efforts,” Dr. Sawyer says. “I was representing many others as well.”

The MCA awards committee reviews a number of applicants before making a final decision. According to the MCA, Dr. Sawyer was an absolute clear choice. “It is an honor to be recognized by your colleagues; especially in private practice,” says Dr. Sawyer. He sees the award as recognition of his work. “And I’m not done yet,” he says.

Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.

 
Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone: Possible Increased Risk of Blood Clots
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Written by TAC Staff   
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 17:02

medwatchAUDIENCE: OBGYN, Family Practice, Patient 

ISSUE: FDA is aware of two newly published studies that evaluated the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women who use birth control pills that contain drospirenone. The two recently published studies looked at whether there is a higher risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing the progestin drospirenone when compared to similar women taking birth control pills containing a different progestin called levonorgestrel. These two new studies reported that there is a greater risk of VTE associated with birth control pills that contain drospirenone. This risk is reported to be up to 2 to 3 times greater than the risk of VTE associated with using levonorgestrel-containing pills. Other studies have not reported an increase in risk. The FDA is currently evaluating the conflicting results from these studies and will look at all currently available information to fully assess the risks and benefits of drospirenone-containing birth control pills. FDA will continue to communicate any new safety information to the public as it becomes available. Read the drug safety communication for more information on these studies. 

birthcontrolpills1BACKGROUND: Drospirenone is a type of female sex hormone called a progestin. Most birth control pills contain two types of hormones--estrogen and progestin. Birth control pills work by preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) and changing the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Brand names of drospirenone-containing products include Yaz (generics Gianvi and Loryna), Yasmin (generics Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah), Beyaz, and Safyral. 

RECOMMENDATION: If your birth control pill contains drospirenone, do not stop taking it without first talking to your healthcare professional. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you develop any symptoms of blood clots, including persistent leg pain, severe chest pain, or sudden shortness of breath. If you smoke and are over 35 years of age, you should not take combination oral contraceptives because they increase the risk that you could experience serious cardiovascular events, including blood clots.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Read the MedWatch safety alert, including a link to the Drug Safety Communication and Questions and Answers, at:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm257337.htm

 
Palmer College expands services to U.S. military personnel through Yellow Ribbon tuition assistance program and partnership with Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois
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Written by TAC Staff   
Monday, 23 May 2011 07:43

militaryappreciationmonthMay is National Military Appreciation Month, and Palmer College of Chiropractic is announcing two new services for veterans and active duty military personnel in support of our nation’s military. The first is Palmer’s official affiliation with the national Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which essentially provides eligible veterans with full tuition to attend Palmer College for one year. The second is that the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics are expanding their healthcare services to military personnel and their families by formalizing a cooperative relationship with the Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois (CBWTU-IL).

Yellow Ribbon Program

Through a unique program offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Palmer College of Chiropractic is making it possible for eligible U.S. veterans enrolled or about to enroll at the college to have all of their tuition paid for a one-year period. Known as the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, the plan takes care of all undergraduate and graduate tuition not already provided for by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

Starting Aug. 1, 2011, qualifying veterans who are current or incoming students on any of the three Palmer College of Chiropractic campuses (in Davenport, Iowa, San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange, Fla.) will be able to apply to the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come, first-served basis. Those accepted will have their tuition costs covered for one year, beginning with the fall 2011 term.

Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois

palmercollegewflagsThe Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit-Illinois is committed to wounded warrior care with a focus on medical treatment while soldiers are in their homes. Commanded by U.S. Army CPT Martin Munoz, the CBWTU-IL provides command and control and medical case management to Army soldiers injured or ill as the result of their military service during the Global War on Terrorism. This type of treatment allows them to be within their family support network and gives them the ability to receive treatment from local healthcare professionals. CBWTU-IL is headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal and operates across an eight-state area including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Palmer’s faculty clinicians and interns will be contributing to the physical examination of wounded, injured or ill active duty service men and women by performing range-of-motion evaluations at the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics located in Davenport and Moline. The results of the physical examinations will be used by CBWTU-IL medical personnel and other Army and governmental agencies to support the wounded warriors with transitional benefits assistance, employment and re-employment, state level benefits, and reintegration into the fighting force.

The Palmer Chiropractic Clinics located in Davenport, Iowa, Moline, Ill., San Jose, Calif., and Port Orange and South Daytona, Fla., already offer free chiropractic care to active duty military personnel and their families, including those in the National Guard or Reserves who are without any other chiropractic benefits. Veterans classified as 20 percent or more disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a result of injuries or illness during military service also are eligible for complimentary services. These include chiropractic examinations, adjustments, X-rays and rehabilitative services.

 
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