You take pride in being a sharper than average clinician – otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading ChiroUp blogs… But did you ever wonder how your chiropractic musculoskeletal clinical IQ ranks?
Take this quick & confidential 7-question assessment to test your knowledge. (Bonus clinical skills video included)
If you’ve ever worked with a personal injury case, you know that at times it can be… demanding… In this week’s blog, I want to lay out a scenario and ask you the question: what would you do?
Read it to see my experience with navigating patient care, long term expectations, and lawyer expectations after a traumatic injury without structural abnormalities…
We recently reviewed a study that found that “paresthesia in a median nerve distribution with nocturnal awakening” was 77% sensitive for the diagnosis of CTS… So where do the other 23% of cases arise?
This week’s chiropractic clinical blog supplies a quick yet potent review of the work-up for this other common presentation. Watch the blog for best practices that you can apply today.
Evidence-based chiropractors accurately and quickly diagnose patients. If the diagnosis is incorrect—clinical outcomes falter. If the examination is lengthy—practice growth stagnates. However, asking the ideal questions and performing the most sensitive tests improves diagnostic accuracy and speeds up your initial evaluation. These two components lead to greater patient satisfaction and practice growth. In this quick video with Brandon and Tim, learn how emerging research may speed up your initial evaluation and lead to the correct diagnosis in the case of lumbar radiculopathy.
New research has re-affirmed that weakness of one cervical muscle group is closely tied to chronic neck pain… This unit is also implicated as a provocative factor for cervical radiculopathy, cervicogenic headache, and cervicogenic vertigo.
Do you know the answer?
Check out this week’s chiropractic blog to learn which muscle, plus specific strategies to quantifiably test and strengthen it.
Alright, I have a trivia question for you. Do you know the MOST common reason people suffer from limited ankle motion?
Answer: Past surgery or injury.
Simple inversion ankle sprains may result in a loss of ANKLE DORSIFLEXION. Which is exactly what we are diving into in this week’s blog. Give it a read for the two recommended exercises you can prescribe to help improve ankle ROM and limit future problems.
How familiar are you with the differences of managing acute vs. chronic pain?
Unless you said you’re 100% confident, check out this week’s blog to say ‘goodbye’ to uncertainty.
This week’s blog covers a brief synopsis of new strategies for old complaints that can be accessed in ChiroUp’s 101st protocol: Chronic Pain.
Patients retain about 5% of what we say during their first office visit.
How do you think your patient compliance compares?
In this week’s blog, we’re sharing the top 3 questions that you can ask to help create more compliant patients in your practice. Read the blog to see what they are.
A new study has identified four diagnostic clues that can help differentiate chemical/ inflammatory vs. mechanical/compressive pain for disc herniation and radiculopathy patients.
Check out this blog to review those tips and a new clinical pearls video that you won’t want to miss.
Over half of patients older than 60 have a partial or complete tear of one or more rotator cuff muscles. (1) Many of these tears occur in the supraspinatus, but not always!
This week’s blog and video break down a series of tests to help identify a frequently overlooked cause shoulder pain—the SUBSCAPULARIS.
Palpating a tender spinal segment suggests that something’s wrong, most likely intersegmental joint dysfunction. But tenderness doesn’t necessarily indicate that a joint is hypomobile…
The management of hypo- vs. hyper-mobility is divergent, so how can we quickly differentiate?
Review our latest blog and video to find out → .
Injections for pain relief are growing in popularity. Traditionally, corticosteroid injections are used to alleviate symptoms. However, research has highlighted ongoing concerns about the use of corticosteroids increasing the rate of future joint degeneration. Some contemporary studies promote a new class of regenerative injections that have a much different effect—to stimulate inflammation. There is also new data showing that injections using placebo (saline) may provide equivocal results. In this blog, we will dive deeper into non-spinal injections, and possibly add another alternative to your toolbox.
Last month, like many other months, the medical community was mal-educated by a published case study regarding the threat of CAD following SMT.
…cases of spontaneous dissection of the vertebral artery do have a history of trivial or minor injury involving some degree of cervical distortion such as chiropractic neck manipulation, as the extreme hyperextension and/or rotation of the neck may create areas of stretch and lead to intimal or adventitial tears in the vertebral artery causing dissection. It is a relatively rare, potentially disabling and sometimes an under-diagnosed cause of stroke. It accounts for 2% of all ischemic strokes …This report demonstrates the potential hazards associated with neck trauma, including chiropractic manipulation, as it is under reported…” (Almuaigel et al.)
Chiropractors armed with quality data can refute these inaccurate associations. Check out this blog, video, and new infographics for our compelling reply to this author’s opinion, including the current facts about the safety of SMT. Plus, three practical tools that you can employ today to change attitudes tomorrow.
Chiropractic is a profession, not a treatment.
As a profession, chiropractors are trained healthcare professionals with unique expertise in managing several common health conditions. Many chiropractors utilize procedures, including joint manipulation, therapy modalities, patient education, nutrition, and rehabilitation exercises, to address each patient’s unique presentation.
As chronic pain continues to rise within the US healthcare system, chiropractors utilize proven methods to reduce pain and disability without medications and surgery.
Here are five reasons people may choose to visit a chiropractor:
Mechanical neck pain is the second most common presentation in chiropractic offices worldwide. (1) Tightness in the levator scapula is a predictable finding in the majority of those cases. A new randomized clinical trial examined the efficacy of two proven therapies and concluded:
“Application of both kinesiology tape and postural control exercise combined can significantly reduce neck pain and normalize levator scapula activities in patients with mechanical neck dysfunction more than the application of either intervention.” (2)
Want to see that in action? We’ve got you covered. While we couldn’t track down a demonstration from the authors, we did find a widely-recognized expert on these two techniques.
Check out this week’s Vlog to watch Dr. Todd Riddle, director of education for FAKTR and SE Sports seminars, demonstrate his practical application of cervical taping and exercise.
ChiroUp’s earlier blog introduced a new test for the rotator cuff called the DIME test. The most common follow-up questions pertained to the rehab of a shoulder after a diagnosed rotator cuff tear. Successful rehabilitation of shoulder tendinopathy requires three concepts.
1. Mirror rehab
2. Create scapular stability
3. Increase the capacity of the shoulder girdle musculature.
Check out this week’s video blog to learn how to incorporate these concepts in your practice.