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Tracking Low Back Problems in a Major Self-InsuredWorkforce: Toward Improvement in the Patient’s Journey

Chiro.Org Blog: This comprehensive new study from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine reveals that chiropractic care costs significantly less than other forms of low back care, and appears to comply with guideline recommendations more closely than than any of the other 4 comparison groups. […]

Energy Drinks and Adolescents – What Should Health Practitioners Know?

Chiro.Org Blog: Energy drink consumption by adolescents is growing in popularity. They are the targets of aggressive product marketing, yet we still do not know the safe level of consumption in this population. Currently, these caffeinated drinks are ‘Legal, easy to obtain and socially acceptable to consume by adults and children’. [3] […]

Low Back Pain – part of a whiteboard visual lecture series

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Costs of Routine Care for Infant Colic in the UK and Costs of Chiropractic Manual Therapy as a Management Strategy Alongside a RCT for this Condition

Chiro.Org Blog: As effective treatment for children with infant colic remains elusive, the costs of managing the condition is gaining increasing attention. Although it is uncommon for clinicians to be quizzed about the cost-effectiveness of their treatments, [1] particularly where the clinicians’ services are covered by a national health plan, it is increasingly appropriate to ask this question, when prudence in health care expenditure is required. […]

Chiropractic and Breastfeeding Dysfunction: A Literature Review

Chiro.Org Blog: Breastfeeding, particularly exclusively for the first 6 months, has been associated with numerous beneficial short and long term health outcomes for an infant. [1, 2] Breast milk has been shown to contain secretory IgA antibodies, lactoferrin, oligosaccharides, numerous cytokines and growth factors which all aid in an infant’s immune response. [3, 4] Purported short term benefits to the infant are a decreased risk of many childhood illnesses. [5] Incidence of gastro-intestinal infections, otitis media, other respiratory tract infections and asthma, even in those with a strong family history, may be decreased in infants who are breastfed. [6, 7] […]

Adverse Reactions of Medications in Children:The Need for Vigilance, A Case Study

Chiro.Org Blog: Despite the best efforts of clinicians and researchers, there is a deficit in reporting of ADRs in pediatric patients. Evidence does indicate, however, that off-label prescribing is widespread and the labelling of over-the-counter medications can sometimes be difficult to interpret. It is the lack of clinical trials conducted in the pediatric population, which is a significant obstacle. […]

What Happened To The ‘Bio’ In The Bio-psycho-social Model of Low Back Pain?

Chiro.Org Blog: Over the last three decades there has been a major shift in the clinical and research approach to low back pain. Prior to this, clinical practice and research activities were mainly based upon a biomedical model with patients receiving specific pathoanatomical diagnoses and treatments directed to these diagnoses. […]

Joint Assessment – P.A.R.T.S.

Chiro.Org Blog: Doctors of chiropractic are portals of entry to the health care system for many patients seeking health care services. As such, they must maintain broad and thorough assessment/diagnostic skills. Before employing any therapy, a clinician must first determine if there is a need for treatment. Therefore, the clinical information that any primary contact provider would want, including a case history, physical examination, clinical laboratory findings, radiographic findings, and any other tests necessary to check for suspected health problems, is needed. […]

Review Of Methods Used By Chiropractors To Determine The Site For Applying Manipulation

Chiro.Org Blog: A considerable range of methods is in use for determining where in the spine to administer spinal manipulation. The currently published evidence falls across a spectrum ranging from strongly favourable to strongly unfavourable in regard to using these methods. In general, the stronger and more favourable evidence is for those procedures which take a direct measure of the presumptive site of care- methods involving pain provocation upon palpation or localized tissue examination. Procedures which involve some indirect assessment for identifying the manipulable lesion of the spine-such as skin conductance or thermography-tend not to be supported by the available evidence. […]

Cost-Effectiveness of Manual Therapy for the Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis of Evidence From Randomized Controlled Trials

Chiro.Org Blog: Preliminary evidence from this review shows some economic advantage of manual therapy relative to other interventions used for the management of musculoskeletal conditions, indicating that some manual therapy techniques may be more cost-effective than usual GP care, spinal stabilization, GP advice, advice to remain active, or brief pain management for improving low back and shoulder pain/disability. […]

NCAA suggests contact limits for football practice

Source YAHOO News

The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.

Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called […]

The Clinical Aspects Of The Acute Facet Syndrome: Results From A Structured Discussion Among European Chiropractors

Chiro.Org Blog: The term ‘acute facet syndrome’ is widely used and accepted amongst chiropractors, but poorly described in the literature, as most of the present literature relates to chronic facet joint pain. Therefore, research into the degree of consensus on the subject amongst a large group of chiropractic practitioners was seen to be a useful contribution. […]

Does Inter-vertebral Range of Motion Increase After Spinal Manipulation? A Prospective Cohort Study

Chiro.Org Blog: Spinal manipulation, mobilisation, exercise, analgesics, acupuncture and low level laser therapy have all been shown to provide at least some degree of short-term relief of neck pain in the absence of trauma. [6] Spinal manipulation or mobilisation, particularly combined with exercise, appears to confer marginal benefit over other interventions. [7, 8] However, trials investigating manipulation for neck pain have shown conflicting results [9, 10] and while some patients respond well, others derive little benefit. One step towards understanding this would be to further our knowledge of the mechanism of action of manipulation as an intervention. […]