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An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
April, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 04
By Whitney Lowe, LMT
The glenohumeral joint is a highly complex articulation. It has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. However, its increased motion occurs at the expense of stability, requiring the soft tissues to play a more critical role in maintaining joint integrity.As a result of increased mechanical demands, numerous soft-tissue injuries occur in the shoulder. In fact, shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal disorder, following low back and cervical pain.1
Chronic injuries are common in the shoulder, and develop from the movement requirements in repetitive upper-extremity activities such as sports (e.g., tennis, swimming) and assorted occupations. Also problematic are activities requiring that the shoulder be held in an elevated position for prolonged periods. One of the adverse effects of repetitive motion or holding the shoulder in a static position for long periods is shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement involves compression of soft tissues between the head of the humerus and the underside of the acromion process or coracoacromial ligament. Impingement might lead to tendinosis, rotator cuff tears, calcific tendinitis, bone spurs or subacromial bursitis.
There is a region in the shoulder composed of the acromion process, coracoacromial ligament, and coracoid process known as the coracoacromial arch (Figure 1). Several tissues are susceptible to compression under the arch: the upper margin of the glenohumeral joint capsule, coracohumeral ligament, supraspinatus muscle-tendon unit, tendon from the long head of the biceps brachii, and the subacromial bursa. Any of these tissues might be compressed against the acromion process or coracoacromial ligament.
Impingement might result purely from the structure of the coracoacromial arch, but commonly results from a combination of architecture and repetitive motions, especially those involving flexion and internal rotation of the humerus. In some cases, bone spurs or osteophytes develop on the underside of the acromion process and serve to further decrease the subacromial space and impinge tissues.
There are three progressive stages of impingement syndrome.2 Stage 1 is more common in patients 25 years old or younger. It is characterized by acute inflammation, edema and hemorrhage in the affected tissues. Repeated overhead use of the upper extremity usually is involved. Stage 2 occurs more often in patients between the ages of 25 and 40. There is a progressive degeneration in the rotator cuff structures that involves fibrosis and tendinitis. Stage 3 usually affects patients older than age 40. Tears of the supraspinatus and long head of the biceps tendon might occur. In addition, bone spurs and osteophytes might develop along the underside of the acromion and further contribute to subacromial impingement.
A further classification of impingement pathologies divides them into primary or secondary. Primary impingement is predominantly caused by the architecture of the subacromial region.3 Primary impingement is directly related to the variations in shape of the acromion process. There are three variations in the shape of the acromion process (Figure 2),4 which are described as Types 1, 2, and 3. A Type 1 acromion has a flat undersurface; Type 2 has a curved undersurface; and Type 3 is referred to as a hooked acromion. The hooked acromion is associated with a greater incidence of impingement syndrome.5
It is mostly a result of dysfunctional shoulder biomechanics, and is exacerbated by excessive motion or long periods of compression. Several biomechanical factors can contribute to secondary impingement, including rotator cuff muscle weakness, joint capsule restrictions and dysfunctional coordination of scapulothoracic muscles.6
Shoulder impingement is a challenging problem to treat because many of the affected tissues lie underneath the acromion process. However, in many cases, such as secondary impingement problems, repetitive motion and altered shoulder biomechanics aggravate the condition. In these cases, massage is a highly effective treatment to address the muscular dysfunction that leads to the biomechanical stress. Identifying which tissues underneath the acromion are affected is essential for constructing an effective treatment plan. A future installment of this column will investigate how to determine which of the different tissues are affected.
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