Chiropractic care is a health option that has proven beneficial for a multitude of health conditions, along with in the practice of achieving optimal wellness. It is essential for those unaware of chiropractic care to be adequately informed, so they too can experience the benefits that over 60,000 practicing doctors of chiropractic in the U.S. provide to their patients daily.
Established in 2003, the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) aims to educate the public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care.
On behalf of the F4CP, I invite you to tour this site and learn more about this effective form of treatment.
Chairman | Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
New Study Documents Chiropractic as First Option for Back Pain Relief, Surgery Avoidance
The results of a new study documents chiropractic care as a first option for back pain relief and surgical avoidance. “Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery after Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State,” (Spine; 12.12.2012) observed reduced odds of surgery for those under age 35, women, Hispanics and those whose first provider was a chiropractor.
To read the study click here.
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014
The U.S. Department of Labor has done an impressive job in detailing the role and credentialing of a doctor of chiropractic. To learn more about the role of the doctor of chiropractic, please click here.
What Are You Thinking in the New Year?
Are you thinking about setting some goals and reaching them? Are you willing to write them down and review them often? Will you focus on goals that are important to you and what it is you can do better? Any time is a good time to write down goals in your life. Many of us do it at the beginning of each new year. Most people don’t write down their goals or care to have any. “Come what may” is, I guess, their thinking. If that is what you are thinking, I would suggest that you think again. Click here to read more about how to successfully achieve your goals and a fit life.
The Path to Change in the US Healthcare System:
Chiropractic Cost-Effectiveness Supplement
The American Chiropractic Association, The International Chiropractic Association, The Congress of State Associations, and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges have produced one report that features a collection of synopses and full studies related to the cost effectiveness and efficacy associated with chiropractic care and the procedures that doctors of chiropractic provide. To read the report in its entirety, please click here.
5 Big Changes in Coverage Policies Devastating Spine Surgery
Surgeons have been seeing sudden and unannounced coverage changes for common spinal procedures over the past year, leading to denied claims and a loss of revenue and resources. The strategies used by many insurance companies to rein in costs have had a significant impact on spine practices and patient care. To continue reading, click here.
How Medical Practices Can Become Patient-Centered Medical Homes
The patient-centered medical home has been proposed as a model for transforming primary care and improving efficiency and effectiveness in the health care system. This report outlines and describes the changes that most medical practices would need to make to become patient-centered medical homes. The broad “change concepts,” as the report terms them, include: engaged leadership; a quality improvement strategy; empanelment or linking patients with specific providers to ensure the continuity of the patient–provider relationship; continuous and team-based healing relationships, including cross-training staff to allow team members to play various roles; organized, evidence-based care, including the use of decision support systems; patient-centered interactions to increase patients’ involvement in their own care; enhanced access to ensure patients have access to care and their clinical information after office hours; and care coordination to reduce duplication of services and increased anxiety and financial costs for patients and their families. Click here to download the full report.
Golf Champion is a Believer
With simple adjustments, ‘Frogman’ avoided serious spinal surgery
Larry Lecomte was facing a major operation and four months of immobility when he began chiropractic treatment. He improved dramatically and was back to work in two weeks. Read the entire article featured in the Vancouver Sun here. In addition, an accompanying video was featured on “Empowered Health” during its April 19, 2012 program. Click here to watch the segment.
Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association With Disability Recurrence
Low back pain (LBP) continues to be one of the costliest work-related injuries in the United States in terms of disability and treatment costs. New research, conducted by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession, compared the occurrence of repeated disability episodes across types of health care providers who treat claimants with new episodes of work-related low back pain (LBP). The overall conclusion was the use of health maintenance care provided by physical therapist or physician services was associated with a higher disability recurrence than in chiropractic services or no treatment.
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Manipulation or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica? A Prospective Randomized Clinical Study
In a recent study, “Manipulation or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica? A Prospective Randomized Clinical Study”, spinal manipulation was found to be just as effective as microdiskectomy for patients struggling with sciatica secondary to lumbar disk herniation (LDH). The patient population studied included people experiencing chronic sciatica (symptoms greater than six months) that had failed traditional, medical management. Overall, 60 percent of patients who received spinal manipulation benefited to the same degree as those who underwent surgery. Click here to read more.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook – Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients with health problems of the musculoskeletal system and treat the effects of those problems on the nervous system and on general health. Many chiropractic treatments deal specifically with the spine and the manipulation of the spine. Chiropractic is based on the principle that spinal joint misalignments interfere with the nervous system and can result in lower resistance to disease and many different conditions of diminished health. Click here to read more.