There is something about going to a beach that makes me happy. I can remember growing up in North Carolina and taking day trips to the ocean. I can visualize opening the car door, the salty air hitting my face, the sun’s heat, and the anticipation of a fun day in the water. Even at the tender age of 38, ☺ I still have the same positive visceral response to visiting the coast.
On the other hand, my ten-year-old daughter was stung by a jellyfish last year in Florida. Her visits to the ocean provoke anxiety and avoidance. Although I will travel any distance to visit any beach at any time, my daughter is not equally enthusiastic. Our unique experiences have etched permanent memories that will forever shape our mood, personality, and expectations.
This blog will describe four simple steps to improve routine patient encounters and create overwhelmingly positive experiences.
Maigne syndrome and cluneal neuropathy are commonly overlooked causes of pain in the lumbosacral region, iliac crest, and buttock. (1-3) In fact, the pair are causative or contributory in up to 40% of LBP cases. (5,40,41) And that prospect increases as symptoms extend over the posterior iliac crest. (2)
Maigne syndrome typically results from irritation of a thoracolumbar dorsal ramus. (3) Facet joint dysfunction, degeneration, and instability are common culprits. Maigne syndrome is particularly elusive because the anatomical site of origin is often asymptomatic. (3)
This blog will cover the essentials of management, including a 5-minute video tutorial detailing the top assessments, treatments, and exercises, plus our top 10 clinical pearls.
Effective and efficient chiropractors ask the right questions; allowing them to perform the most sensitive orthopedic testing to identify damaged tissue. A recent article by Jin et al. (2020) identified a new orthopedic test to do just that. The Back Pain-Inducing Test (BPIT) recognizes symptomatic vertebral fractures (VF) with high sensitivity (99.1%) and specificity (67.9%). This isolated paper also reports good accuracy (89.0%), positive predictive value (86.6%), and negative predictive value (97.4%).*
This blog will review exactly how to perform this and other useful tests for identifying vertebral fractures.
Traditional chiropractic training has primarily focused on the mechanical aspects of pathology. Evidence-based chiropractors routinely seek to answer questions like:
• Which anatomical tissue is irritated?
• What habits and postures caused or perpetuated the dysfunction?
• What physical treatments and recommendations are most appropriate?
While mechanically-based assessment is essential, sometimes examining the non-mechanical issues is equally important. Many experts believe that biopsychosocial aspects of pain, particularly chronic pain, will become significantly higher areas of focus for neuromusculoskeletal providers.
This blog includes three valuable patient education tools that you can download, plus a video interview with Dr. Anthony Nicholson – a practicing chiropractic clinician and leading expert on chronic pain neuroscience.
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Brad Russell from Birmingham, Alabama. His clinic regularly prescribes the MOST initial and release reports within ChiroUp as compared to the rest of our network. In this entertaining interview, I learned several tips that I will incorporate in my practice. I hope you will find it as informative as I did.
The pandemic has whipped most everyone’s overbooked calendar into something much more manageable. That wouldn’t sound so bad had it not hit our chiropractic patient appointment schedule equally hard with canceled appointments and missed visits. But as society returns to a functional state, chiropractors will seek to prudently fully re-open their practices and refill their appointment books.
Re-activations will be a crucial component of our return to meaningful production. This blog will answer the question: How to start patient recalls & reactivate.
Check it out as we cover the essentials of effective patient recall and patient re-activation programs, including an interview outlining the specific steps to make that happen, along with a customizable template for your reactivation message.
Identifying reliable sources of credible information is difficult. Harvesting new knowledge is necessary for evidence-based practice; however, it is becoming more difficult as the news and social media can sometimes polarize content to push an agenda. We understand the dilemma of knowing what sites, resources, and people are trusted sources of information. Our mission at ChiroUp is to change the perception of the chiropractic profession by educating the public, professional organizations, and our subscribers with unbiased and factual information.
Today’s blog will interview a highly respected source of information–Dr. Marc Bronson from the Evidence-Based Chiropractic Facebook group. We’ll break down Dr. Bronson’s standard for credible evidence, and then explain how ChiroUp utilizes similar peer-reviewed literature sources and automatically delivers content to you and your patients.
The following guest blog was authored by ChiroUp founding board member, Dr. David Flatt. Dr. Flatt practices within the Northwestern Medicine Health System in Chicago, IL.