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 the issues I bring to you are very 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 more importantly, focus on the bigger issues...a larger practice and more family time. -Mark Studin 2006

"How to explain chiropractic in the courtroom"

Dr Studin: You were in a on deposition of a court case yesterday.

Guest Doctor: Yes, I was in a court case yesterday and defendant's attorney asked me, so doctor, can you explain to the court what it is that you do as a chiropractor or? And I started out with I am a primary spine care provider. And from there I was like, I didn't really know how to paint a really good picture for the jury to be able to understand what it is that means.

Dr Studin: this is an easy parameter, The first question is, what do you do as a chiropractor? I'm a primary spine care provider, which means I am a portal of entry for anything related to spine. But what I do is I manage the spine cases based upon my examination on patient either work collaboratively with other physicians or images or I treat them in my office either manually through something called the chiropractic adjustment or through different modalities. I manage the patients based upon what they present with clinically. That's it. And the key word is manage. And you get into philosophical answers and theoretical answers keep it short, especially with the defense lawyer questions.

Guest Doctor: I pretty much did close to that, but I could've been a lot cleaner. I wish I would've had something more canned and rehearse and would paint a better picture. I got into it, but with way too many words.

Dr Studin: Yeah, and by the way, we really cover that extensively in the testified course, in the future, when you deal with the attorneys, it teaches you how to language those things. Now if you get the second question, what does a chiropractic spinal adjustment are? And the answer is a little bit complicated. What we'd do is deliver a low amplitude, high velocity thrust, which means a very short thrust into the body, which is totally painless. And what we're doing is separating the two bones from each other. And in between the bone, there was a little space, it's called the Peaker. That spacer has gone out of position, so where the bones line up, they're rubbing against each other and there are nerves in there which can cause pain and other things. It also causes a misalignment of the spine. So it would be realigned to keep the bones away from each other, but unfortunately the muscles had been patterned to hold it improperly, so it's going to be pulled out to the wrong position, initially, in a short amount of time. But when we do it repetitively, it stays there longer and longer. The pressure is taken off the nerves at the fossette level, which is where the bones rub against each other and then the person starts to feel better and their spine can then normalize or straighten for lack of a better descriptor. That's what we do in a chiropractic spinal adjustment. 

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