Chiropractic Care For Veterans
There is a growing body of clinical studies being published by DCs providing care at Veterans Medical Centers, including the Naval Medical Center at San Diego, the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC, Buffalo VA Medical Center, Portland VA Medical Center, and private practices that care for vets. Drop by and review these important studies today.
Spinal Manipulation May Help Reduce
Spinal Degenerative Joint Disease
Has the hypomobile manipulable joint lesion been demonstrated to exist? Historically the manipulable joint lesion has, from the beginning of the chiropractic profession, been described as a painful stiff joint. [1, 2] Joint stiffness, commonly called hypomobility (also known in the chiropractic profession as "fixation") has become by consensus one of the most important aspects of the manipulable joint lesion in the professions of chiropractic, osteopathy, and manual medicine. [3, 4] Nearly 100 years of clinical agreement between three separate professions supports the existence of such a lesion although research now supports its existence.
Chiropractic and Creative Thinking
Here's an interesting pilot study...does chiropractic care have an impact on creative thinking? Read on!
The Chiropractic Assistants Page
This section contains articles on CA training, billing practices, office management, practice growth, and patient education.
Chiropractic and Scoliosis
This growing section contains learned works by Richard C. Schafer, D.C., FICC, as well as journal articles discussing the chiropractic approach to managing scoliosis.
Chiropractic and Vertigo/Balance
Dizziness and vertigo is a frequent companion to neck subluxations. Review this section for more on how chiropractic care can help.
Chiropractic and Spinal Alignment
Misalignment of vertebra is one component of the vertebral subluxation complex. This page reviews misalignment and loss of cervical curve, and it's impact on health.
Chiropractic and Headache
Chiropractic can be very effective for reducing or eliminating headaches. This page is devoted to reviewing the various types of headaches, and the research that supports chiropractic care.
Chiropractic and Low Back Pain
Although it's not very exciting, there is more research demonstrating the effectiveness of chiropractic care for LBP than any other complaint.
Chronic Spinal Pain:
Spinal Manipulation vs. Acupuncture vs. Drugs
— A Brilliant Series of 3 Research Projects
Chronic Spinal Pain Syndromes: A Clinical Pilot
Trial Comparing Acupuncture, A Nonsteroidal
Anti-inflammatory Drug, and Spinal Manipulation
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999; 22 (6): 376–381
Randomization was successful. After a median intervention period of 30 days, spinal manipulation was the only intervention that achieved statistically significant improvements (all expressed as percentages of the original scores) with (1) a reduction of 30.7% on the Oswestry scale, (2) an improvement of 25% on the neck disability index, and (3) reductions on the visual analogue scale of 50% for low back pain, 46% for upper back pain, and 33% for neck pain (all P<.001). Neither of the other interventions showed any significant improvement on any of the outcome measures.
The Randomized Trial (2003)
Chronic Spinal Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Comparing Medication, Acupuncture, and
Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2003 (Jul 15); 28 (14): 1490–1502
The highest proportion of early (asymptomatic status) recovery was found for manipulation (27.3%), followed by acupuncture (9.4%) and medication (5%). Manipulation achieved the best overall results, with improvements of 50% (P = 0.01) on the Oswestry scale, 38% (P = 0.08) on the NDI, 47% (P < 0.001) on the SF-36, and 50% (P < 0.01) on the VAS for back pain, 38% (P < 0.001) for lumbar standing flexion, 20% (P < 0.001) for lumbar sitting flexion, 25% (P = 0.1) for cervical sitting flexion, and 18% (P = 0.02) for cervical sitting extension. However, on the VAS for neck pain, acupuncture showed a better result than manipulation (50% vs 42%).
The Long-term Follow-up (2005)
Long-Term Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical
Trial Assessing the Efficacy of Medication,
Acupuncture, and Spinal Manipulation for
Chronic Mechanical Spinal Pain Syndromes
J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2005; 28 (1): 3–11
The results of this “fastidious” approach were able to add some information regarding the efficacy of treatment regimens in patients with chronic spinal pain syndromes. Overall, patients who have chronic mechanical spinal pain syndromes and received spinal manipulation gained significant broad-based beneficial short-term and long-term outcomes. For patients receiving acupuncture, consistent improvements were also observed, although without reaching statistical significance (with a single exception). For patients receiving medication, the findings were less favorable. Larger studies are now clearly justified.
The THOUGHT for Today
This page collects “Deep thoughts” from a variety of sources!
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