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Chiropractic and Physical Therapy

There are 18 chiropractic colleges in the United States. There are 227 Physical Therapy Schools in the United States. All of these educational programs are accredited by the United States Department of Education.Chiropractic and Physical Therapy are separate professions. Legally, they have different licensing requirements, testing, and different oversight boards. Yet, there are many overlaps [..]

Chiropractic and X-Rays

Why Do Chiropractors Advise/Insist on X-Rays?Chiropractic education is indirectly controlled by the US Federal Government. The US Department of Education officially recognizes the chiropractic-accrediting agency, the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).Historically, the Council on Chiropractic Education was formally established in 1971, and officially recognized by the US Commissioner of Education, Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1975. The CCE [..]

Chiropractic Clinical Practice

Why Do People Go To Chiropractors?What Are the Clinical Assessments,Clinical Goals, and Clinical Applicationsof a Typical Chiropractic Office Visit?••••••••••Why Do People go to Chiropractors?The most recent authoritative assessment of the chiropractic profession appeared in the December 2017 issue of the prestigious orthopedic medical journal Spine, and was titled (1):The Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors ofChiropractic Use Among [..]

Chiropractic: The Patients, Syndromes, Utilization and Outcomes 

Data from the Chiropractic Profession Continue to Become Better Defined and UnderstoodBackgroundPain is a huge problem in America, and all Americans know that opiate drugs are not the solution to our pain problem.In her 2014 book, A Nation in Pain, Judy Foreman claims, “Out of 238 million American adults, 100 million live in chronic pain.” (1) [..]

“Text Neck”

A Modern Epidemic of Poor Posture, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Arm/Hand Neurological Symptoms and Accelerated Spinal Degenerative Arthritis[“Text Neck” and “Tech Neck” are synonymous]On Monday, March 3, 2018, the front page of the newspaper USA Today printed a “snapshot” noting that “US consumers spend an average of 7.8 hours each day engaging with digital content.”Representative Background Story [..]

The Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic For Neck and Back Musculoskeletal Problems

Chiropractic spinal adjustments (specific line-of-drive manipulations) are quite effective for the management of spinal musculoskeletal complaints and injuries. This is not controversial. Studies documenting the clinical effectiveness of chiropractic and spinal manipulation for the management of spinal musculoskeletal complaints and injuries have appeared in the literature for more than half a century (1, 2, 3, [..]

The Vertebral Artery and Whiplash Injuries

TerminologyDissection:A disruption or tearing of the inner layer of an artery.Embolus (singular) or emboli (plural):An arterial dissection may form a clot that is capable of lodging free and traveling down the source artery.Stroke:When a traveling embolus plugs and disrupts arterial blood flow, it is known as a stroke. Strokes result in a variety of neurological [..]

The Neck Curve: The Importance of Cervical Lordosis

When viewing the human spinal column from directly in front or directly behind, it should be straight and without lateral (sideways) deviation. The health and function of the human spinal column is optimum when there is no lateral (sideways) deviation into the coronal plane. This concept is well-noted by Joel Goldthwait, MD, and well-reviewed by [..]

Low Back Pain and Chiropractic Changing Attitudes

The RAND corporation is a well-known independent research organization located in Santa Monica, CA. The September-October 2017 issue of the Rand Review has an article titled Well-Adjusted (1). The article states:“Researchers led by Paul Shekelle, co-director of the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center at RAND, aggregated the results of more than two dozen prior studies on spinal manipulation.”“The study [..]

Headaches and the Neck “Cervicogenic Headaches” and Treatment with Spinal Manipulation

For decades, clinicians have realized that neck problems can cause headaches. For example, early whiplash expert and orthopedic surgeon, Ruth Jackson, MD (1902-1994), published a study in 1947 in the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association titled (1):The Cervical Syndrome As a Cause of MigraineIn this article, Dr. Jackson notes that at least half of patients suffering from [..]