“Back Future” – A Toronto Star Article

I hope everyone takes a minute to read this article.
It is a very important step for the chiropractic profession as it moves forward.
St. Michael’s Hospital is definitely paving the way for the profession! As a chiropractic intern I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in an interprofessional program and saw the early beginnings of this clinic. I am so glad that it has been so successful to date.

Some notable quotes from this article:

“People with back problems and back pain feel they need an MRI or expensive imaging, he says, “but in most cases that doesn’t tell us what’s wrong.”

“Many patients referred to the clinic do not need surgery,” says Erwin. “They’re referred there by someone who is not up to speed on who needs surgery and who doesn’t. And it’s a big waste of the neurosurgeon’s time to see patients with mechanical back pain.”

“There’s been some bad publicity about chiropractic, particularly around neck adjustments and a slight risk of stroke that happened in isolated cases. But the benefits far outweigh the risks. Absolutely I recommend chiropractic to other people. It’s actually a shame that more people don’t use it, especially in conjunction with massage therapy.”

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MacHANd Day (and a semi-soapbox moment)

On Thursdaymachand, November 29, 2012, a colleague and I attended the 5th Annual McMaster University Hand, Arm and Nerve Day.  I’ve been looking forward to this seminar/conference for a while as I love treating upper extremities. Conditions involving the upper extremity are always so interesting, complex, and/or varied and have great outcome measures. Nothing is more satisfying than to see an increase in shoulder range of movement after only a couple treatments.

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Primary Care Today Expo and a Soapbox Moment

As a health care professional, I feel it is very important to continually update my knowledge and to be at least aware of the different health issues my patients could be facing. From May 10-12, I attended an amazing conference/expo at the International Centre called Primary Care Today. This conference was not only educational, but a lot of fun. Top physicians in their field gave lecture series on the relevant topics from updates on certain conditions, opiate prescription, cognitive behaviour training/lifestyle management in managing chronic pain, dermatology, to even the benefits of taking vacations.
I particularly enjoyed the keynote by Dr. Lin about the “good, bad, and ugly” of the prevalent use of technology in society and how it impacts health care as well as several of the case-based lectures. I also enjoyed all the “free swag” from the exhibitors.
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3 Simple Rules for Good Nutrition

Even health care professionals have bad habits and health problems.
I am a chiropractor afflicted with Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

GERD is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms.
Because of this, I have to be careful about what I eat. Unfortunately, I also love food. I love coffee, spicy foods, and once in a while have cravings for crispy hot french fries.

I made a new years resolution, like most people, to try to clean up my act and eat better. If I ate better and had better nutritional habits, it would be easier not only to shed those pesky 10 pounds that I can’t seem to lose, but also allow me to occasionally enjoy the foods I love without feeling sick afterwards (everything in moderation!)

But with all the diet plans, science, and health tips it is so hard to follow every single suggestion out there. So to simplify, I follow these 3 simple rules:
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Meds, SMT, or Exercise? How to Best Treat Neck Pain

I tweeted this article a couple weeks ago:

Bronfort, G, Evans R, et al., Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain. Ann Intern Med, 2012; 156:1-10
[read full article here]

But articles can be a pain to read, so I thought I’d give a Cliff notes version as well as a link to a video from ABC news somewhat summarizing this article. Keep reading if you want to know more!

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