TCA's Chiropractic Legislative Day for the 84th Texas Legislature
Thursday, March 05, 2015 05:41 PM

Doctors of chiropractic, chiropractic family members, and chiropractic student from around the State of Texas met in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, to be present for the Texas Legislature’s commemorating the centennial of the Texas Chiropractic Association, to testify at a hearing on SB 765 relating to the repeal of certain occupational license fees and taxes, and to attend a reception hosted by the Texas Chiropractic Association in honor of the members of the 84th Texas Legislature at the University of Texas Club, President’s room.

Participants at the morning briefingThe very long day began at 7:30 am with an early breakfast meeting at the Austin Club where dozens of chiropractors were briefed on the agenda for the day, on talking points pertaining to the chiropractic profession and their desires.  Chiropractic students from both Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College arrived later and spent the day visiting legislator’s offices.  They carried the message that nationally more than 80,000 chiropractic physicians with the Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC) are state-licensed and that there are some 5,380 licensed DCs actively practicing in Texas in over 4,130 registered Texas chiropractic facilities. They reminded legislators that there are currently some 10,000 chiropractic doctorate students in education programs at eighteen nationally accredited chiropractic colleges and universities nationwide.  The Texas Chiropractic Auxiliary also presented the ever-popular low back cushions to the legislator's offices.

Medically Retired Soldier Continues on in Chiropractic
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:41 AM

The first blast knocked Marco Gonzalez senseless. The next five made everything worse. “You name it, I lost it,” said Gonzalez, referring to his senses when an 81 mm mortar fired by the enemy landed about two feet from him at Combat Outpost Margah, Afghanistan, in 2012. Lucky to survive, the Army sergeant blacked out from the impact and temporarily lost his hearing and vision.

“The medics there really didn’t know what was going on (with me). They just thought it was the norm … so we just trucked on.” Although he didn’t know it at the time, Gonzalez, a wheeled-vehicle mechanic, had suffered a traumatic brain injury. In the days and weeks that followed, he survived at least five more explosions, although he doesn’t remember some of them. The repetitive blasts aggravated his symptoms.

Gonzalez was diagnosed with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder. Doctors sent him back to Fort Riley, Kansas, for treatment. Stressed and breaking out in hives, the single dad got treatment for his invisible wounds. Between his full-time job as a soldier and taking care of his kids, he managed to get the medical help he needed to start his recovery.

He was medically retired from the Army in August, but that doesn’t mean that he’s done serving others. Aside from his status as a father and a USO volunteer, Gonzalez is attending Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, Kansas, so he can help ease the pain of others and improve their quality of life. His goal is to work with children and the military once he’s finished with his degree.

VA Chiropractic Education and Training
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:37 AM

As part of its statutory mission, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) conducts the country’s largest healthcare provider clinical training program. VA Office of Academic Affiliations coordinates all educational activities in partnership with affiliated US academic institutions to train providers to serve VA and the Nation.

Select VA medical facilities provide clinical education and training opportunities for chiropractic students. This takes place through formal Academic Affiliation Agreements with CCE-accredited chiropractic schools.

Since 2004 over 1,500 chiropractic students have completed clinical rotations at 24 VA facilities. Interested students can apply for VA training only through the chiropractic school in which they are enrolled.

The VA chiropractic residency program focuses on Integrated Clinical Practice, with training emphasizing the provision of chiropractic care in an integrated healthcare system, collaborating with primary care Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACTs), specialty care, and other medical and associated health providers and trainees.

ACA - Scholarships
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:32 AM
The American Chiropractic Foundation (ACF) promotes education, science/evidence-based practice, and charity through:
  • The promotion of scholarly research in the art and science of chiropractic, with particular emphasis on training and education and raising awareness of the history of chiropractic
  • The provision of a continuing forum on the science of chiropractic and related issues for practitioners and the public on the science of chiropractic and related issues
  • To foster research into the science of chiropractic and dissemate research findings
  • To advocate for exemplary professional training practices to ensure the highest quality of chiropractic services
  • To award scholarships and other forms of aid to qualified students of chiropractic
  • To otherwise engage in charitable, scientific and education activities

Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis Missed 80% of the Time
Tuesday, March 03, 2015 06:24 AM

We simply assume that medicine and science are up to the task of diagnosing traumatic brain injury.  In reality many of these injuries are often completely missed, ignored, or discounted by medical doctors – at tremendous cost. Many doctors and emergency rooms fail to diagnose traumatic brain injury. Lives are shattered because of delays at diagnosis and treatment. And many who are recovering from auto accidents face problems getting treatment paid for once a TBI is diagnosed, because it wasn’t immediately diagnosed in an ER or by a family doctor in the weeks following a car accident. This is a terrible problem that effects tens of thousands, from the accident victim, to the high school football player, to our soldiers fighting overseas.  There are respected studies showing that hospital ERs routinely miss traumatic brain injuries — up to 80 percent of the time.

Doctors now understand that the brain actually goes into a hyper-metabolic state as it tries to protect itself after an injury. There is an uptake of glucose and therefore, especially in the acute phase of a traumatic brain injury, this uptake of hypermetabolic activity actually masks many of the symptoms of brain injury.

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