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Preamble: many of these issues are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then the larger issues often take care of themselves and you can focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice and more family time.
“Primary Spine Care 3 Recap”
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This past weekend, we had our Primary Spine Care 3 Symposium in New York. The meeting was standing room only with over 150 doctors from 30+ states with 2 experienced trial attorneys, Dr. Shady (neurosurgeon), Dr. Peyster (neuroradiologist) and Dr. Weigand (biomechanical engineer) in attendance, all participating in a roundtable discussion centered on chiropractors as the primary spine care providers.
Dr. Owens outlined the latest research on spine regarding conservative care for mechanical spine issues (no fracture, tumor or infection) and medical academia’s current acceptance and willingness to work with chiropractors as primary spine care providers. Dr. Owens also covered what’s going on around the country with hospitals regarding the inclusion of chiropractic and further explained the fellowship program in spinal biomechanics in trauma that is currently available for all to take.
I covered the latest definitions of disc pathology ranging from normal to bulging to herniations, etc., as well as the now three accepted methods to age date herniations. I also covered both ligamentous laxity in a failed scenario versus a sub-failure with both being diagnosable and ratable conclusions. I covered the morphology, physiology and pathology of the chiropractic spinal adjustment from both central and peripheral nervous system perspectives. We discussed precisely what happens with the chiropractic adjustment and defined why, in scientific terms, long-term chiropractic care can be clinically indicated. The citations for all were supplied.
I then covered the latest rulings of the courts around the country in concert with the two lawyers in attendance of both why your credentials are important and how for both you and the lawyer can position yourselves to guarantee you will be certified as the experts. This is becoming an increasing problematic area for plaintiff lawyers. In addition, I discussed the new national standards for credentials for not just a chiropractor, but any expert and where you need to position yourself for the future.
Our roundtable discussion with the neuroradiologist and neurosurgeon along with the biomechanical engineer clarified the role of every team member with careful attention paid to the chiropractor as the primary spine care provider. We also covered many pathological scenarios by displaying MRIs brought by several participants and clarified many “unusual” clinical scenarios.
In addition, two fellow candidates, Drs. Capoferri and Bahoora, gave case presentations as required within the fellowship program, as we are starting the process to increase both the level of education and awareness of doctors in the field on how to diagnose, prognose and triage prior to delivering care. It is this type of professional interaction that will help every doctor deliver the highest level of care to our patients.
As I always seek feedback to make our programs better, both Drs. Shady and Peyster commented that our level of education to the participants at the seminar was as good or better than they have experienced at many other programs they have presented at based upon their experience with the highest level of medical academia. To me this feedback was critical as our collective experience in chiropractic postgraduate education has often been lacking leaving the doctors with simply credits and nothing meaningful to take home to their practices. It is both the goal of Dr. Owens and myself to deliver the highest level of postdoctoral education to make significant differences in your lives.
I hope everyone can make it to our next live seminar which should be in the fall and if you missed this, it is going to be repeated June 3rd and 4th of 2017 via live webinar.
Mark Studin DC, FASBE(C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chiropractic, University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic
Adjunct Professor, Division of Clinical Sciences, Texas Chiropractic College
Educational Presenter, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Joint Partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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