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Commonly Used Diagnosis Codes (ICD-9)

By |April 28, 2009|Diagnosis, General, News|

Commonly Used Diagnosis Codes (ICD-9)

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You may find value in this list of diagnostic codes commonly used in chiropractic offices, sorted by body regions.

This page also includes all the *new* headache codes, although cervicogenic headache still has yet to make it to the list.

NOTE: You’ll have to scroll down towards the bottom for the new headache codes.

There’s a lot more info like this
in our
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On the epidemiology of influenza

By |April 25, 2009|Research|

Source The Virology Journal

Abstract

The epidemiology of influenza swarms with incongruities, incongruities exhaustively detailed by the late British epidemiologist, Edgar Hope-Simpson. He was the first to propose a parsimonious theory explaining why influenza is, as Gregg said, “seemingly unmindful of traditional infectious disease behavioral patterns.” Recent discoveries indicate vitamin D upregulates the endogenous antibiotics of innate immunity and suggest that the incongruities explored by Hope-Simpson may be secondary to the epidemiology of vitamin D deficiency. We identify – and attempt to explain – nine influenza conundrums: (1) Why is influenza both seasonal and ubiquitous and where is the virus between epidemics? (2) Why are the epidemics so explosive? (3) Why do they end so abruptly? (4) What explains the frequent coincidental timing of epidemics in countries of similar latitude? (5) Why is the serial interval obscure? (6) Why is the secondary attack rate so low? (7) Why did epidemics in previous ages spread so rapidly, despite the lack of modern transport? (8) Why does experimental inoculation of seronegative humans fail to cause illness in all the volunteers? (9) Why has influenza mortality of the aged not declined as their vaccination rates increased? We review recent discoveries about vitamin D’s effects on innate immunity, human studies attempting sick-to-well transmission, naturalistic reports of human transmission, studies of serial interval, secondary attack rates, and relevant animal studies. We hypothesize that two factors explain the nine conundrums: vitamin D’s seasonal and population effects on innate immunity, and the presence of a subpopulation of “good infectors.” If true, our revision of Edgar Hope-Simpson’s theory has profound implications for the prevention of influenza.

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The Treatment of Radicular Pain (Radiculopathy)

By |April 23, 2009|General, News, Research|

The Treatment of Radicular Pain (Radiculopathy)

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The difference between the chiropractic and the medical approaches to health care is never more clear than with the treatment of Radiculopathy.

The medical approach entails their version of “conservative” treatment (such as physical therapy, medications, and selective spinal injections) for six to eight weeks. Then, if their conservative treatment does not alleviate the pain, decompressive surgery, such as laminectomy and/or discectomy/microdiscectomy, may be recommended.

Chiropractors aptly describe radiculopathy as “nerve root irritation”, and the chiropractic approach for resolution is straightforward. If you have a rock in your shoe, and your foot hurts…. do you need physical therapy, medications, or spinal injections? NO!!!

You need your doctor (who is supposed to be the Sherlock Holmes of illness) to determine the CAUSE of the nerve root irritation (the rock), and to remove that obstacle from your path, so you can return to health.

Review the Radiculopathy Page for more on this topic.

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