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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.
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.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 02
Following a Road Less Traveled
Finding the cause of chronic shoulder pain where you least expect it.
By Debbie Roberts, LMT
What do you think a shoulder injury, breast augmentation, lymphatic system, mammograms and orthopedic assessments have in common? A road less traveled would be the answer.I never dreamed when I added another tool to my tool box of Manual Lymphatic Drainage that it would lead me down a path to help thousands of women and, specifically, my very best friend. The information I am about to relay to you will not only help you be aware in your every day practice, but will hopefully bring about a global warming effect to the importance we can play in a women's life.
The Shoulder Injury
My dear friend is a personal trainer, yoga instructor, egoscue practioner, and a gyrotonics trainer. She is also one of the healthiest people I know, but she was suffering from a should injury that just would not heal. The injury was caused by slipping off of a stability ball while performing a tricep dip. Being a trainer, she immediately iced, took arnica and rested. She went to see her chiropractor and naturopath for additional help and examination. After doing three to four months of exercises for shoulder rehabilitation, she still lacked complete range of motion and there was an ongoing dull, nagging pain.
She began thinking there must be a myofascial component to the injury, so she made an appointment to come see me. I performed ROM and manual muscle testing to the shoulder joint. I found loss of flexion by 10 degrees, loss of external ROM by 20 degrees, a positive impingement sign and some weakness to supraspinatus and infraspinatus (indication of a possible partial tear). Based on these assessments, I suggested making an appointment with an orthopedist, to hopefully get a MRI done so the rehabilitation process has a complete picture and nobody is guessing. This wasn't the route she wanted to take. She wanted to try some soft tissue work first and continue the shoulder rehabilitation exercises. I explained that in four visits or less we would know if massage therapy, combined with her doing her own physical therapy, would help. In two weeks, there was improvement happening with the range of motion, but there was still this dull pain.
Anytime I see a patient, in the back of my mind is always Hilton's Law. Hilton's Law as espoused by John Hilton in a series of medical lectures given in 1860-1862, is the observation that the study of anatomy often finds that a nerve that innervates a joint also tends to innervate the muscles that move the joint and the skin that covers the distal attachments of those muscles. Not ready for the traditional medical route, she sought more chiropractors care. He adjusted the shoulder and rib cage which made her pain increase, reduced her range of motion, and now she had a burning in the sternum. Be sure to read on because it wasn't his technique that was the problem. She was in so much pain from the adjustment that she came back to see me to try to calm down the symptoms and now there was a palpable place along her sternum that was mobile and felt like a piece of calcium. I performed again the orthopedic assessments to determine where we were from the last time I saw her, and this time in addition to loss of external range of motion, there was an audible clicking sound (possible labrum tear). I begged her to go seek out an orthopedist's opinion and possible MRI. She ignored me yet again and another couple of months went by with her still in the same place.
Here is where the breast augmentation comes in. Another symptom appeared in her opposite breast from the shoulder problem. The right breast had begun to sag and take on an odd appearance. This finally forced her into seeking out medical care in the form of a plastic surgeon. He did an ultrasound and found that both breast implants had ruptured and had been leaking for what appeared to be a very a long time. This contributed to the underlying cause of why she could not heal. The surgeon found tremendous calcification in the chest wall underneath her breast, which had to be scrapped in order to add a new implant. If a woman's silicone gel implant ruptures, it might feel less full or flatter, and may bulge where the rupture is. This can be accompanied with pain or tenderness, swelling, numbness, burning or tingling. Her implants had been in for more than 23 years.
He put new implants back in and sent her home to rest. The right breast did fine, but the left breast stayed swollen. After one MLD session, the breast immediately became softer. Her surgeon was impressed and told her to continue the MLD. In the meantime, she went back to work and when I saw her on the next visit, her breast was back to square one swollen and uncomfortable. Red Flag! She also didn't feel well and was experiencing flu-like symptoms and her axillary lymph nodes were swollen and tender to touch. Another Red Flag! Lymphatic overload. Another trip back to the doctor and he had to remove the implant because the underlying tissue was just not healing. She will get the implant eventually, but not until the chest wall has time to heal. I can report finally that without the implant, she is back to her usual good state of health.
What a lymph node does is filter the lymph and fight infection and in which lymphocytes, monocytes and plasma cells are formed. Most lymphatic nodes are clustered in areas such as the mouth, the neck, the lower arm, the axilla and the groin. The lymphatic network and nodes of the breast are especially crucial in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
The suspected mechanisms of breast-implant rupture are:
What to watch out for and how you can contribute to patient education:
And finally, remember Benjamin Franklin's great quote: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
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