Academy of Chiropractic Personal Injury & Primary Spine Care Program

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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
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.

“We are Making Chiropractic History Together”

On January 21-22, 2017 (next weekend), at the New York Primary Spine Care Symposium, we will be making history together. This statement is neither inflammatory nor a marketing statement to get you attend the meeting. This is simply factual as we will be presenting information and research findings never put together in this format to explain what it is that we do as chiropractors. I, too, am excited to hear it as I have not yet created the slides for the presentation because for the last seven months all I have been doing is reading the research. When I present next weekend, it will be the first time I, too, will hear the information in its entirety and I can’t wait. 

Although this information appears purely academic, it has significant impact on your future success in becoming the first referral option for spine ("primary spine care provider" definition) for lawyers, medical specialists, medical primary care providers and emergency room staff. The research being presented is based on “how the chiropractic adjustment works” and “how the central nervous system is affected by the adjustment.” It is this research that will explain what it is we do as chiropractors in a scientific paradigm that will resolve any questions that our medical peers might still harbor about chiropractic and has already proven to open a significant amount of “road blocks” for referrals.

For the medical-legal community, this information resolves many “courtroom issues” and also will further explain the significance of clients' bodily injuries . This information will help shape your documentation more effectively to become a more “credible witness” for the lawyer. Never lose sight of the fact that lawyers judge you by their “end game” even though they know you will rarely, if ever, get to court. Simply having a “Colossus compliant” report is not enough, despite the fact that many in our profession are still professing that is “all you need.” It is a crucial component, but it is not enough on its own.

At the Symposium, we will also be presenting the latest research on age dating disc herniations. There are now three valid methods to age date the herniations with literature as validation and this is perhaps the most pressing issue nationally when working with lawyers. In addition, after working with 1000’s of trial and defense (insurance company) lawyers this past year alone, I now understand the contemporary arguments on both sides and the challenges that the plaintiff lawyers are facing in order for the truth to prevail. One of the most pressing  reasons in 2017 for winning or losing cases rests in your hands and documentation. I will detail for you those changes and how to prepare.

We will also be unveiling the first ever course for chiropractors on stroke. Our new program is titled, "Stroke Anatomy and Evaluation For Chiropractic and Physical Medicine." We are privileged to have Candice Perkins MD, Vascular Neurologist, along with Robert Peyster MD, CAQ, Neuroradiologist, on a discussion panel talking about evaluating and necessary imaging to help determine if your patient is a stroke risk. We have already conclusively established that chiropractic has zero risk for stroke in a healthy population. However, if your patient is not part of that “healthy population,” how do you screen for stroke and then triage accordingly in a timely fashion? This is a very pressing issue in our profession that has gotten significant negative media, perhaps unfairly. Nevertheless, as a profession, we must be proactive to protect our patients.

Dr. Owens, over the last year, has worked diligently in the scientific arena and we have already published two scientific papers this year with the third being poised to be published, and there will be at least three more before the end of 2017. This has been in addition to the Fellowship in Spinal Biomechanics and Trauma (FSBT), clinical rotations in emergency rooms, one week neurology and primary care through hospitals and then rotations with medical specialists in your local community, all of which he has created and organized for your professional growth. This has opened up more “referral doors” than we could have ever imagined when he created this program. Our “fellow candidates” are participating with us in our research efforts and at the highest level of medicine and medical academia and as they become more involved in the process, their practices simply get busier because once you understand the process and have increasingly more significant credentials behind you, medicine recognizes you as both a peer and a leader within the chiropractic industry. This equates to your being the first “go to” referral for spine. It’s working better than we anticipated!

Ultimately, what we will be presenting is a 2017 – 2018 business strategy for your practice based upon the latest research that we have either uncovered or created for scientific publication and teaching you how to position yourself as a primary spine care provider. Over the last two years, our previous symposiums have enabled each participant to realize significant growth at a much quicker rate than those simply reading about it. Please understand that I will be sharing this information with you in various formats over the next year. However, being in front of both myself and Dr. Owens for 12 – 14 hours along with speaking to your peers at the meeting on how they have been navigating through the process successfully will enable you to grow at a much faster rate and reduce a significant amount of stress in your life…with answers that have been alluding our profession for over a century. 

Although I am excited to share the entire program with you, I am most excited to be able to share with you how the chiropractic adjustment works. This includes the phases of the adjustment and is what really causes cavitation (I never knew), the neurological effect of both subluxation and correcting it and why long-term chiropractic care has been verified in the literature as necessary. I also now have conclusive proof that there are bones on nerves.However, it is not like BJ Palmer described although he was a century ahead of his time in his thinking as verified by the contemporary research. This piece of the puzzle fully explains how the central nervous system gets both short-circuited and then can be created to be normally functional with the chiropractic spinal adjustment. In addition, this fully explains why physical therapy for spine is comparatively useless as evidenced by the research.

The last comment above regarding physical therapy alone should be the cause of your practice “exploding” with new patients from the medical community.



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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