13-year-old female soccer player with progressively painful limp of approximately 6 weeks duration. The father (also the team coach) presented to the clinic to purchase tape to treat his daughter's "classic calf tear." The parent agreed to allow his daughter to be evaluated for evidence of a strain injury.
Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel and medial arch pain. It affects approximately 10% of the population over their lifetime and appears to affect men and women equally.
Chiropractic doctors see a variety of patients and complaints in daily practice and we offer highly beneficial treatment and care to the patients who seek our services. The majority of that care is focused on the spine, although we encounter a good deal of extremity complaints as well. The foot and ankle are an often overlooked etiology of many common complaints and training in this area and especially custom foot orthoses, is entirely lacking.
Tim Lothe Raven is a very impressive member of the chiropractic profession. Having served on various leadership positions from Australia to Europe, he's definitely making his mark.
We are extremely excited about this post because it's our first ever Corporate Spotlight!
Dr. David Wedemeyer of Wedemeyer Chiropractic and Orthotics AND Solelutions Orthotic Lab has become the first corporate sponsor of the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance. Dr. Wedemeyer is located in Costa Mesa, California and is a Cleveland Chiropractic College - Los Angeles graduate. To learn more about his view, experience, and sponsorship, keep reading!
This week's Member Spotlight focuses on our own FTCA Tech Committee Chairman, Dr. Chris Herrington, a young DC practicing in Western New York.
We have members who have been “in the field” for decades. We have researchers who have worked on the newest and best methods known to chiropractic practice. We have business owners who operate million dollar clinics. We have students who have learned the best methods, as refined over years of practice. We have new doctors who are learning new methods as you read this.
Welcome to this week's Member Spotlight post! This time we're featuring a sports chiropractor in New South Wales.
Guest Contributor Dr. Erik Korzen continues his anatomy lessons by moving to the superficial and deep structures of the neck.
We're bringing you this next Member Spotlight on the UK research man himself, Dave Newell. Prepare to be impressed.
We're really excited to roll out this next Member Spotlight. Jonathan Parham is a Palmer West student who does it all, read more below!
Radiology Feature #1 is an imaging case, diagnosis and discussion on a 13 year old female gymnast who presented with thoracolumbar junction pain.
In March 2000 Ailsa Patterson B.Sc M.Chiro, became the owner and principal Chiropractor at City Centre Chiropractic, in Brisbane. Her qualifications include 1996 Bachelor of Science from The University of Queensland and a 1998 Master of Chiropractic from Macquarie University in Sydney. She has previously worked in clinics in Perth and South East Queensland, before settling in Brisbane City.
Welcome to the first post of the series related to clinical anatomy. Throughout this series we will be reviewing anatomical structures as well as their clinical significance. Since this is the first of the series, I wanted to provide a foundation for the future posts that will focus on more specific regions of the human body. Generally, this series will concentrate on regional anatomy as opposed to systemic anatomy which will allow us to integrate biomechanics and physiology into the anatomy being presented.
Gitte Tønner is a 2004 University of Southern Denmark graduate who has been keeping herself busy since entering the profession. Within two months of graduation, Gitte was moved and starting practice in the Netherlands.
Gitte believes in the use of any modality she can rationally justify to get her patients better in the short term and healthier in the long run. She endeavors to run an ethical practice. To her, this means informing people in what she does, meaning working with their GPs or specialist when deemed necessary and that if her patients wish to work towards longer term results, she'll then talk posture, exercise, diet and supplementation.
Dr. Joshua Lederman is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician in Illinois, has a Masters of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation degree, is Full Body Certified in Active Release Techniques (ART®), is an IronMan® Proud Partner, is a National Registry Certified Medical Examiner, and as if that wasn't enough is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment - Level 1. His mission is to provide the highest quality, patient-centered, outcomes-based healthcare.
Selling and the chiropractic profession. I get it.
In reality we are all selling something in our daily lives. We've all heard that before. We do have to sell our care, we even have to sell ourselves to our spouses. That cliche is everywhere, and true.
I'm not here to condemn "selling". We all have to make our cheddar. We should always encourage the production of novel and innovative products and services. And the creators of those things should be rewarded for their work and contribution to the profession and society at large.
My conception of what the chiropractic profession is as an entity constantly evolves. When I was younger I thought that if you practiced, you'd make plenty of money, and after a long career, with sound financial planning, you'd be able to retire into the sunset satisfied with a job well done.
The thought always was that your income and return on investments (home, stocks, etc) would outpace student loan interest rates and debt, and eventually you would come out on top due to the graces of compound interest. The American Dream is mathematics.
But if you look at our profession in its current state, that is NOT the reality we see. Nearly everyone is selling something or has their hands in something beyond their clinical practice. Products, consulting, services, insurances, supplements, seminars, books.
The new chiropractic dream is to create a thing that will make you enough money to not have to practice anymore. I'm not condemning that either.
What I am not comfortable with is colleagues who behave purely in a pecuniary manner. Where their every action, every motive, every social media comment or private interaction, is one that attempts to move their audience towards a sale, towards their product, towards their service.
The audience gets wise to that. Eventually they see your name on a post and KNOW it's going to be a sale/product pitch. I don't want this group to be that. I was kind of hoping this group would be about real DCs sharing their real ideas in a virtually real environment.
I wanted leaders and the old guard in here sharing wisdom and old stories and resources. I wanted the successful sharing how they did it and how you can too. I wanted the not successful yet to be able to ask for help and direction. I wanted it to be open sourced.
That doesn't mean that success doesn't come with a cost. We all have to invest in our success. But I feel personally there are some peers in our profession who hold extremely valuable information from others, for ransom, in order to profit off of it. That doesn't help raise the bar. I'm not about that.
Our leaders fail us. Our education at times fails us. Our professions divisiveness fails us. The last hope we have is to turn to our closest peers and sometimes they fail us, in order to protect their income/proprietary ideas.
The FTCA is heavily researching what it will take to become a non profit organization. There are individuals who sell products or services that have come forward and offered percentages of their companies profits to go towards the FTCA. They believe in what the group stands for and want to see it succeed. They will be "advertising" to you, also with a strict understanding that they will be expected to EMPOWER you as well. Not just sell.
I prefer not to hold knowledge for ransom, or participate in pay to play clubs who hijack knowledge that should be readily available to the whole, for the sake of profit.
That is NOT patient centered thinking.
Recently I have noted in social media that straight chiropractors, who are partial to relying on anecdotal evidence and case studies to justify their treatments, have resorted to a new straw man attack against evidence based chiropractic. They now like to utilize the phrase "RCT Worshipper" as a slur against evidence based chiropractors. They do this when their claims of efficacy are challenged, or when asked for literature to back up the all too common outrageous statements made on social media.
While I would prefer to not have to comment on the social media antics of Rob Sinnott, at some point it becomes unavoidable. Like hearing a train screeching helplessly towards an inevitable crash, you just can't help yourself but look to see the carnage. And boy does Sinnott deliver the carnage. Massive heaps of wiggle words, spin, pseudoscience, and rhetoric that leave any rational thinking person feeling that the air is being sucked out of the room, and brain cells being sucked out of their head.
So it appears we are going to have to set the record straight on a recent and ongoing incident involving certain chiropractors and their claims concerning the ebola virus. The incident stemmed from a rant like post made on a chiropractor's personal facebook page that escaped into the social media sphere and has gone semi-viral. That chiropractor's name is Rob Sinnott DC, who self identifies as a philosophically based chiropractor. More on that later.