Chiropractic
Is Puberty a Risk Factor For Back Pain?
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Back pain is a common condition that starts early in life and seems to increase markedly during puberty. According to two recent systematic literature reviews, the lifetime prevalence increases between the ages of 7 and 12 (on average from 1% to 17%) to reach the adult level around the age of 20. In relation to low back pain, it appears that puberty is the time for a rapid increase.

The time of puberty is the transition period from childhood to adulthood and over only a few years, both body and soul will undergo many changes. The most apparent morphological differences are increased height and a change in body composition. It has been proposed that these may impact back pain. The growth spurt, defined as an average gain of 10 cm per year, could be considered a particularly vulnerable period due to sudden mechanical loading changes on the spine. Girls start puberty earlier than boys, which may explain why they report back pain earlier than boys.

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Why Can’t We Just Forget About Medicine and Just Do Our Own Thing? Declare Yourself Subordinate
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Tuesday, September 13, 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:  Organized medicine wants every doctor to have a name badge in the hospital.  "Anyone in a hospital environment who has direct contact with a patient who presents himself or herself to the patient as a “doctor,” and who is not a “physician” according to the AMA definition must specifically and simultaneously declare themselves a “non-physician” and define the nature of their doctorate degree."

Of course AMA physicians are exempt and if the protocol just happens to spill into the public domain so that chiropractors are perpetually portrayed as second-class providers...who will take offense on behalf of chiropractic?

Excerpt :  AMA requests that The Joint Commission develop and implement standards for an identification system for all hospital facility staff who have direct contact with patients which would require that an identification badge be worn which indicates the individual’s name and credentials as appropriate (i.e., MD, DO, RN, LPN, DC, DPM, DDS, etc);  and requests that The Joint Commission develop and implement new standards that require anyone in a hospital environment who has direct contact with a patient who presents himself or herself to the patient as a “doctor,” and who is not a “physician” according to the AMA definition must specifically and simultaneously declare themselves a “non-physician” and define the nature of their doctorate degree.

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Chiropractic Services in the Department of Veterans Affairs
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 AM

The purpose of this study was to analyze national trends and key features of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA’s) chiropractic service delivery and chiropractic provider workforce since their initial inception.  Use of chiropractic services and the chiropractic workforce in VA have grown substantially over more than a decade since their introduction.

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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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