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From the Desk of Dr. Mark Studin
Academy of Chiropractic
Preamble: many of these issues I bring are small, yet each issue is just that… an issue. If you take care of the small issues, then you will be able to build and focus on the larger issues… a larger, more profitable practice along with more family time. 

“Head Trauma Triage”

I received this one minute ago…

Have a question.  I have a new patient that was rear ended at high speed and actually broke her foot which was on the brake pedal while stopped.  The hospital did x-rays and CT of her head.  She complains of being in a fog all the time.  I know it is from the brain.  What MRI study do I order? 

The answer: I want the patient in a neurosurgeon’s office immediately and let them decide the best course of diagnostics. There are 2 reasons 1) The patient, although rare, but not uncommon might have a “pin hole” in the brain vessels and could have a “wake and die syndrome,” and you need to prevent that!!! 2) You also need to protect yourself from any uncommon co-morbidities.

This does not mean you release the patient; you are just sending them for a consult with the full expectation of getting the patient back into your office.  Make sure that is known to both the surgeon and the patient.


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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