Practice Notes

Don’t let your website be held hostage

The importance of picking a web designer you can trust was made obvious this week when the Internet grapevine circulated the story about a chiropractic office that allegedly failed to pay the web designer who built its new site.

To help, do we need to diagnose first?

According to a new Johns Hopkins-led research study, slavishly following long-held guidelines for diagnosing the cause of arthritis-related back pain is resulting in excessive tests, delays in pain relief, and wasteful spending of as much as $10,000 per patient.

Exercise isn’t a DIY project

Many chiropractors incorporate exercise training or rehab into their practice, but too often patients feel they can make exercise a “do-it-yourself” project without supervision by a trained wellness professional. If you come across patients like that, be sure to share this information with them. Flexcin International, the makers of Flexcin with CM8 joint nutrition supplement, […]

Reminder: be sure to send reminders

A recent literature review published in the Cochrane database centered on how medical doctors could persuade more of their patients to get their annual flu shots, but the results may prove valuable to chiropractors as well. The researchers focused in on three studies where participants received a letter, postcard or phone call personalized to his […]

The ethics of giving people incentives to take personal responsibility for their health

One of the major problems the health care field faces is the unwillingness of many people to take personal responsibility for their own health. They make unwise behavioral decisions, prefer to look for “magic pills” to address health issues, and choose only those health care approaches that are paid for by insurance companies or other […]

Integrated doesn’t mean equal

In recent years, the “integrated practice” has been a hot topic. The idea of having medical doctors work side by side with chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, or other alternative health and wellness professionals is alluring. The problem, however, is that these integrated practices end up being dominated by the MDs, who reluctantly (if ever) dole out […]

Chiropractors in perfect position to help with ‘laptop-itis’

For years, chiropractors have been in the forefront of posture-related health care and have led the campaign to raise awareness of heavy backpacks that can distort the young student’s posture. Now, they’re seeing an increase in the number of young people with neck, shoulder, and back problems caused by hunching over a laptop computer. “More […]

How’s your back end?

I hope all of you have had a chance to read the excellent article by Dr. Erich Breitenmoser in the August issue of The Chiropractic Journal. He gives important tips for increasing practice revenue and, at the same time, providing added benefits for patients. He rightfully reminds us that we work hard to gain our […]

One size does NOT fit all!

The July 20 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine included a report on a study showing that most medical doctors perform “cookie cutter” medicine and don’t provide patients individualized care based on their specific needs. The study, by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the VA Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care, was […]

“Performance” isn’t only for athletes

In his book, “Chiropractic Revealed: One on One with the Great Masters of a Misunderstood Profession,” editor David K. Scheiner, DC, interviewed a number of well known chiropractic leaders and one of the questions he asked them was, “How do chiropractic and performance relate?” This is an important question because chiropractic isn’t just about getting […]