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Legal Issues: Unprecedented Court Ruling for MAC!
May 2, 2011
Michigan Chiropractors Win Class Status Against Blue Cross and Blue Care Network
In Michigan Association of Chiropractors and Toby A. Mitchell, DC, v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the MAC asserts that our members who are or have been participating providers with BCBSM have been harmed because BCBSM has engaged in a practice of not paying chiropractic providers for covered chiropractic services, while paying other non-chiropractic providers for providing the same services. We further assert that MAC members who are not, and have not been, participating providers have been damaged by being discouraged from entering into provider contracts with BCBSM by these same policies, which we believe to be in violation of not only Michigan law, but also the individual provider contracts themselves and the 1999 Settlement Agreement.
Learning the limits of overuse injuries
by Ira A. Shapiro, DC, and Edward C. Camacho, DC
November 20, 2015
A recent study by the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that teens between ages 15 and 19 now account for almost 60 percent of all Tommy John surgeries. This is followed by the 20-to-24-year-old age group.
Most often, these and related shoulder injuries are caused by extreme stress placed on the shoulder by overhand motions repeatedly performed at high speeds. This is especially true for young pitchers, swimmers, and athletes who are not only developing physically but are also continually overwhelmed by repetitive stress to the shoulder and surrounding ligaments, muscles, and tendons. In fact, "Little League elbow" is now a common diagnosis for many 10-to-14-year-olds.
Chiropractic care for ankylosing spondylitis
by Christina DeBusk
July 7, 2015
Chiropractors can be the ones to detect and treat this painful condition. The Spondylitis Association of America defines ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as "a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved."
This condition creates inflammation in the vertebrae that can lead to pain. If severe enough, new boney structures form, fusing portions of the spine and immobilizing it. Often this results in a forward-leaning position, most commonly affecting the sacroiliac joints (the joints where the spine meets the pelvis).
Right from the start
by Laura Laing
July 14, 2012
New chiropractors are well advised to study those with more experience. But you can learn a lot from those who are just starting out of the gate, too.
But of course the Internet is useful in a variety of ways - not the least of which is marketing. "When I was in practice 40 years ago, you had to be listed in the Yellow Pages," Singer says. These days, the advice is different for the 1,000 practices he consults with each year. "Patients don't find you in the Yellow Pages. They find you on the Internet." But this isn't news, right? "You would be surprised at how many established chiropractors have no website or don't know what social media is," notes Nona Djavid, DC. In 2008, she started two businesses: her own practice and MyChiroPractice Inc., a marketing and branding company exclusively for chiropractors.
Professional basketball athletes rely significantly on chiropractic care
March 24, 2012
As professional basketball continues to make headlines mid-season and March Madness is underway for college basketball, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress points to the role of chiropractors in helping basketball players perform their best.
"Chiropractic care helps to give a team and athlete a competitive advantage in whatever sport they participate in. Specifically, it helps to enhance endurance levels, assist in the recovery from many structural injuries and achieve overall peak performance," shares Dr. Craig Buhler, who for 26 years served as the team DC for the Utah Jazz, treating countless athletes including NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton. "By including chiropractic into an athlete's regular health practices, one is able to maximize training and optimize functional balance and skill."
Why Supplements Are Necessary
by Frank M. Painter, D.C.
June 5, 2017
I hear it all the time from my patients: "Dr. Smith, I'm eating just like you told me to -- lots of grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables, nothing fatty or sugary. Now you're recommending supplements, too? Taking so many pills just doesn't seem natural.
It's a perfectly valid question, and one which you may have wondered about at one time or another. I'll tell you exactly what I tell my patients: If you want to fight disease and achieve maximum life span, you can't do it with diet alone. You need the extra nutritional boost that only supplements can provide. Lots of folks take supplements nowadays. For as many as 40 percent of American adults -- about 100 million of us -- these pills have become nutritional staples. They're also the backbone of a thriving, $10-billion-per-year industry. In many ways, supplements are to humans what fertilizer is to plants. Give a plant adequate amounts of sunlight and water, and it will survive. Add some nutrient-rich fertilizer (organic, of course), and the plant will thrive.
Utilization, Cost, and Effects of Chiropractic Care on Medicare Program Costs
September 27, 2012
A new study of Medicare cost data completed in June by the well-known Washington, DC-based firm Muse & Associates helps prove the cost-saving impact that chiropractic care has on the current federal Medicare program.
The study, titled "Utilization, Costs, and Effects of Chiropractic Care on Medicare Program Costs," was commissioned by the ACA and is the first study of its type to compare the global, per capita Medicare expenditures of chiropractic patients to those of non-chiropractic patients receiving care in the federal Medicare program. The study utilizes data obtained from Medicare's Standard Analytical Files for 1999--the most recent year cost data is available for analysis. The study's executive summary states: "The results strongly suggest that chiropractic care significantly reduces per beneficiary costs to the Medicare program. The results also suggest that Chiropractic services could play a role in reducing costs of Medicare reform and/or a new prescription drug benefit."
The Sleepless Child
by Claudia Anrig, DC
February 6, 2005
A child not sleeping through the night, or not receiving adequate rest, is an unreported and often undiscussed topic between health care providers and parents.
Many studies suggest that the lack of sleep, or interruption of sleep, may have numerous adverse effects on the well-being of a child. The lack of sleep may adversely influence the immune system and neurobehavioral changes
Chiropractic Care (CSMT) and "The Aging Spine"
by Nancy Molina, DC
The patient is a 73-year-old female with severe vortex head pain, suboccipital pain, and bilateral upper trapezium pain. Headache onset was approximately four years prior and a recent onset of bilateral shoulder pain prompted her to schedule an appointmen
She reported some limited success with a prescribed "migraine medication." Incidentally, she had undergone chiropractic care "all her life" until four years ago, when she reportedly outlived her previous chiropractor.
Placebos, Nocebos, and Chiropractic Adjustments
by Samuel Homola, D.C.
April 10, 2005
Appropriate spinal manipulation provides both real and placebo benefits in the treatment of mechanical-type neck and back problems.
But chiropractic adjustments based on the vertebral subluxation theory may offer a placebo effect that is outweighed by a nocebo effect. The word placebo, which is Latin for "I shall please," first appeared in the literature in 1785 and was eventually defined as "make-believe medicine." There is plenty of evidence to indicate that spinal manipulation has beneficial effects -- both real and placebo.
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