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.
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.
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.
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.
Evidence-based providers can tell you the exact tissue origin of pain via history, physical examination, and possible diagnostic imaging. Without an understanding of specific tissue injury, deciding on appropriate treatment is futile. While many hip pathologies result in pain, it would be impractical to treat all hip pains with the same protocol. Today’s blog will cover one essential component of EB chiropractic practice—focused treatment.
The following information is from ChiroUp guest expert Dr. Micheal Braccio of the ACA Rehab Council.
Watch the full 50-minute interview.
Practices that are solely dependent on performing joint manipulation will struggle through this period of social distancing. Fortunately, managing patients using an evidence-based paradigm includes many other components that could be delivered remotely. Those utilizing multimodal therapies and diagnostics will continue to work in this changing business model forced upon us by a global pandemic.
Our goal to provide the best conservative care for our patients must remain the same regardless of location. However, chiropractors must implement new mechanisms to change patient behavior from a distance. The good news is that it’s possible, but it will require a change from providers too. In this blog, you will learn how to listen to your patients, modify their ADLs, direct their rehabilitation programs, and assess their problems via telehealth.
Recently, The Journal of Physiotherapy (2019) published a paper finding that patients have a desire for a specific diagnosis. From which, they want “clear, consistent and personalized information on prognosis, treatment options and self-management strategies, related to healthcare and occupational issues.” (1)
How practical is it for an evidence-based provider to create a personalized treatment plan for every patient? Extremely!
Patients want to get out of pain quickly. This week’s blog is going to break down the strategies that I use in my clinic to alleviate my patients’ pain quickly and allow them to heal faster. Check out the video below for a demonstration of these strategies.
The Scapular Retraction Test (SRT) is quite possibly the most critical component in my shoulder exam. It provides valuable information as to the etiology of shoulder dysfunction. Plus, the maneuver often provides instant pain reduction, and serves as a confidence booster for both you and your patient. The SRT has recently been criticized for its validity when performed in isolation—like every other orthopedic test!(1) However, when performed in conjunction with complementary tests, it can be a game changer for your shoulder exam, rehabilitation protocols, and patient education. In today’s blog, you will learn simple modifications to the SRT that will provide valuable clinical information and subsequent improved adherence to care.