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Daily Archives: December 6, 2010

Skeletal Manifestations of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases

By |December 6, 2010|Education|

Skeletal Manifestations of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases

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SOURCE:   Current Opinion in Endocrinology 2010 (Dec);   17 (6):   540–545

[Editor’s Note: Although this article tilts towards medical management, this review of physical findings in various autoimmune diseases will be a useful refresher course for the field. Don’t forget to tally this as part of your Continuing Ed hours.]


Several autoimmune diseases carry with them an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures and osteonecrosis, adding significantly to the morbidity and mortality of these conditions. The accelerated bone mineral density (BMD) and integrity loss seen with these diseases is often not entirely explained by traditional risk factors, and autoimmunity itself may play a role in its pathogenesis. Mechanisms for skeletal change not only include some well defined risk factors, such as corticosteroid use, but may also include chronic inflammation and immune dysregulation. The complex nature of these processes carries implications for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteonecrosis among patients with autoimmune diseases. (more…)

What NCCAM Says About Chiropractic

By |December 6, 2010|Health Care Reform, News|

What NCCAM Says About Chiropractic

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SOURCE:   National Center For Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Key Points

  • People seek chiropractic care primarily for pain conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headache, and extremity (e.g., hand or foot)
  • In the United States, chiropractic practitioners must meet the licensing and continuing education requirements of the state in which they practice. All states require practitioners to complete a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program at a properly accredited college. (more…)