Chiropractic Orthopedic Diplomate Returns to Texas
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Friday, April 20, 2018 01:05 PM
As third-party reimbursements continue to shrink, health care reform calls for a new payment system based upon value rather than the number of procedures. A chiropractic physician’s value improves with enhanced diagnostic skills, which lead to appropriate, high-quality care of patients suffering with acute and chronic pain due to neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
For the reason, the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) and the Texas Council of Chiropractic Orthopedists (TCCO) are excited to bring the Diplomate of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (DACO) program back to Texas. The Diplomate is offered through the University of Bridgeport, which is rolling out its innovative postdoctoral program with state associations across the country.
The initial 50 hours of seminar training will be offered in Texas by TCA and TCCO. Leading chiropractic experts, each of them Fellows of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, will cover relevant topics for the chiropractic specialist.  Each class will offer evidence-based and patient-centered, advanced clinical training, which will stimulate your desire to learn and add value to your evaluation and management skills.

To kick off the Diplomate, TCA is offering a 10-hour course, Best Practices for Managing Lower Back Pain, at Chiro Texpo ’18, TCA’s annual convention, on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. By registering for the Diplomate course, attendees will receive a full conference registration and valuable CE hours towards their Texas license. The course at Chiro Texpo ’18 is co-sponsored by Bridgeport University and ChiroUp.

In the first course, instructor Tim Bertelsman, DC, CCSP, FACO, will discuss current evidence-based evaluation and management of common lumbar structural pathology before reviewing the five commonly overlooked “functional” problems that delay NMS recovery.  In one way or another, these functional diagnoses contribute to many, if not all, of the lumbar structural diagnoses that chiropractors treat. Participants will benefit from simple video demonstrations of all related tests, treatments, and low-tech home rehab exercises. The presentation concludes by sharing current knowledge about the classification of low back pain, including a proven system to improve clinical outcomes.

After completing the kickoff course, five courses will be offered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this summer in fall. Diplomate candidates must complete four of them, including:

  1. Lumbopelvic Pathology and Related Neuromusculoskeletal Functional Deficits (10 hours). Tim Bertelsman DC, CCSP, FACO
  2. Mastering the Assessment and Management of Shoulder and Upper Extremity Problems (10 hours) Brandon Steele DC, FACO
  3. Differential Diagnosis of Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions (10 hours). James Demetrious, DC, FACO
  4. Practical Assessment of the Chiropractic Patient: Efficiency in Orthopedic and Neurological Testing (10 hours). Jeffrey K. Miller, DC, MBA, FACO
  5. Whiplash Associated Disorders: The Pathway from Acute to Chronic Pain (10 hours). James J. Lehman, DC, MBA, FACO

The other 250 hours of specialist clinical education is offered online through BridgeportUniversity’s Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Online Training Program (NMSM Online), one of the most advanced and innovativeonline training programs for chiropractors.  Harnessing the convenience of on-demand learning, this program dramatically reduces your time away from home or office, and your travel expenses.

For more information on the Diplomate course at Chiro Texpo ’18, call the TCA office at (512) 477-9292 or email [email protected]. Or, register online today!

For details on the DACO and upcoming Diplomate courses in Texas, contact TCCO by email.