While the majority of musculoskeletal cases respond quickly and favorably to conservative care, some conditions are less cooperative. When a patient is not meeting outcome goals, evidence-based chiropractors must be willing to abandon their familiar recipe, and “do something different.”
In a value-based healthcare model, there’s a vast difference between merely treating someone vs. delivering best practices. The essential step for improving clinical outcomes is to provide the most effective care for every patient on every visit- including those cases that challenge us.
Check out this week’s blog and video to review our top seven tips for solving unresponsive problems. Then download our new Case Review Checklist to help boost your clinical outcomes even higher!
ChiroUp’s data collection team has harvested several research gems this month. Check out the top 14 quotes that you can use to positively impact your management and outcomes.
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● Begin Knee Rehab on a Treadmill… Calves & Achilles on the Track
Here’s what the research is saying:
Last weekend, we all woke up to College Football Gameday on ESPN, or as I like to call it—Christmas morning! These games bring joy to many lives. Unfortunately, not all of the athletes finish contests with the same level of satisfaction… or health. High impact sports and increased physical demands inherently result in problems.
Many players fell victim to acute injuries from traumatic blows. As players limped off the field, I found myself guessing at orthopedic injuries. My differential diagnoses were significantly enhanced by instant replays that granted the opportunity to review the exact mechanism of an injury. As chiropractic physicians, we do not generally have the same luxury of playing back the precise moment injury; and traumatic events don’t happen in slow motion.
As radiographic imaging remains one the most fundamental ways to access an orthopedic injury, I found myself wondering: Which of those limping players would I x-ray? The decision to image a patient is not always straightforward. Luckily research helps guide this decision-making process.
Check out this week’s blog to watch an assessment of the most commonly injured joint and review the current imaging guidelines for the lower extremity and spine.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses such as respiratory, skin, and urinary tract infections. According to CDC data, nearly 30 million fluoroquinolone prescriptions are dispensed in the United states each year. (1)
Musculoskeletal providers are painfully aware of how those drugs endanger connective tissues; including a nearly four-fold risk of tendonitis and tendinopathy. (2) Now, researchers have established a new and more threatening link to cervical arterial dissection (CAD). Check out the new findings, and review the essential question that you need to ask your patients before treatment.
Abundant data is proving that running does not cause or exacerbate osteoarthritis in healthy subjects. (1-10) In fact, some studies have shown that running may help to prevent joint degeneration. (8-11) However, running does not necessarily impart the same protective benefit to the entire kinetic chain. Studies show that one-year lower extremity injury rates for distance runners may reach an astonishing 79%. (12,13) This stat is supported by our own clinical experience and the fact that very few first-time marathoners ever run again competitively.
The good news is that running-related injuries are often preventable. Check out this blog/video that will arm you with the knowledge to help your runners recover and stay injury free. As a bonus, you can download our new running infographic to share with your patients and social media followers.
This month’s research roundup is going head-to-toe! Check out what ChiroUp’s research team has pulled from the most up-to-date literature that impacts our profession & standard of care.
Review the latest news:
✔ Upper cervical restrictions linked to TMD
✔ Yergasons test is best
✔ Clinical prediction rule for lumbar traction
✔ One exercise that halves hamstring injuries
✔ When not to MRI a rotator cuff
The ChiroUp research team has collected & summarized the most influential chiropractic-related research studies from the past year. Check out what the medical literature is saying about our profession’s safety and clinical effectiveness: