Chiropractic
Advice for Students and New Practitioners
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Friday, September 09, 2016 12:00 AM

Be prepared for the long haul with your profession.  Most have some idea of how long the journey to becoming a doctor is going to be.  Most know it will be a matter of years, but do not realize how much time it will take to effectively train to become an independent doctor. Also bear in mind that even though you have an idea now of what you want to do, it may very well change as you go through different experience. By the end, more than likely, your journey will be different than how you first envisioned it.

You don't know everything, and that's OK. As you go through your training you will come across incredibly intelligent people who will challenge you to go further in your knowledge. There is so much to learn and at times, it may be overwhelming. The more you learn along the way, the more you'll realize that you don't know, and that is OK. As you continue, you will realize that you are participating in what will be lifelong learning. New technologies will come along, old assumptions will change, and what you learn will be challenged for the better.

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Compensation
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016 12:00 AM

For those who promote “Let’s forget organized medicine and just do our own thing,” what will you do about those who espouse the following policies?

Comment:  Physician ethical consultations should be appropriately compensated.  For non-physicians, we don't care.

Who does care about chiropractic, its defense, its promotion, and its compensation?

Excerpt:  The policy of the AMA is that physician provision of clinical ethics consultations for the guidance of individual patients or physicians is an appropriately compensable medical service. The AMA recognizes that this does not address any aspect of payment for ethics consultations by non-physicians.

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Chiropractic Professional's Association: Why?
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Tuesday, September 06, 2016 12:00 AM

Why support your state chiropractic association?

  • No one is as concerned about the chiropractic profession as are the professional DC themselves. Professional doctors (doctors associated with a profession) support their profession (occupation involving prolonged training and formal qualification in which they declare their belief). Doctors who do not profess confidence in their practice are not acting professionally.
  • State agencies are mostly concerned with government problems, not the problems of the chiropractic doctor. State agencies can not be relied upon to seek the best interests of the profession.  State agencies seek the best interests of the "public."  State agencies define what is in the best interest of the public when state associations do not.
  • Practice managers and business promotors are primarily concerned with the business of their clients.  They generally seek what is best for 1) their business, 2) your business.  Patients, public, and the profession may take a secondary place.
  • Those interested in the plights and problems of the DC are DCs themselves. The state chiropractic association offers a regional and statewide voice where these plights and problems may be shared and where association leadership may set out to find solutions to those problems.
 
Chiropractic $aves:  Patterns of Utilization and Charges Low Back Pain in North Carolina
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Friday, September 02, 2016 12:00 AM

Chiropractic care alone or doctor of chiropractic (DC) with medical doctor (MD) care incurred appreciably fewer charges for uncomplicated low back pain (ULBP) than MD care with or without PT care. This finding was reversed for complicated low back pain (CLBP). Adjusted charges for both ULBP and CLBP patients were significantly lower for DC patients.

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The Future is Looking Down
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:00 AM

A preliminary study in the 2011 edition of Applied Ergonomics shows a relationship between mobile device use and musculoskeletal neck pain.  The average person looks at a smartphone 221 times a day for a total of about three hours and 15 minutes – about once every four minutes for 16 hours straight. A chiropractor should find this to be worrying because in one year the average person will spend almost 1,200 hours – 50 days – staring down at a screen.  The magnitude of this number of repetitions could become responsible for decades of chronic neck pain. 

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