5 Ways to Incorporate Sports Techniques with Prenatal Patients

Women often seek out chiropractic care during their pregnancies. One of the main reasons for this is that if they are having musculoskeletal pain, their Obstetrician or Midwife generally has very limited options for conventional medical treatment. They are less likely to prescribe medication, which presents an amazing opportunity for us as chiropractors. What initially began as a strange combination …

Dr. Lisa Goodman

DC, CCSP, CACCP, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Pediatric Certified, Prenatal Certified

The Appendix may be more important than we thought.

To be or not to be? When it comes to the appendix, that seems to be the question. The appendix has been called a vestigial organ, but that interpretation may be changing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appendix_(anatomy) We were taught in school that the appendix seemed to have no apparent purpose and should absolutely be removed if inflamed. This still seems to be the …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Part 2: Understanding The Impact of Power on Photobiomodulation (PBM)

In Part 1 of this laser forum, we discussed the basic terms related to the physics of laser therapy. Here we will cover the significant role irradiance (power density) and dosage (energy density) plays in 3 concepts pertinent to photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy. Higher irradiance allows more photons to be applied at depth for a given wavelength. Please refer to the image below …

Mark Callanen

Mark Callanen

PT, DPT, OCS

STOP Treating Medicare Patients If…

The Patient Got My Insurance Check. Now What? It hurts when an insurance company doesn’t pay your bills. It hurts even more when a patient “suddenly disappears” because they got the insurance check and kept your money. Get proactive to ensure you get paid what you deserve. On the initial visit, make sure the patient is made aware that insurance …

Understanding the benefits of Photobiomodulation (PBM) or Laser Therapy, Part 1

There is often confusion in the medical field when clinicians research the topic of laser. At the center of the confusion is power and its relationship to lasers’ effect on tissue, which is referred to as photobiomodulation (PBM). To understand the role of power, there needs to be an understanding of its relationship to laser dosing, penetration, and how higher power lasers …

Mark Callanen

Mark Callanen

PT, DPT, OCS

Randomized Clinical Trial: Dry Needling vs Cortisone Injection in the Treatment of Greater Trochanteric Pain

Here’s another study which discusses the benefits and potential applications of Dry Needling. Dry Needling vs Cortisone Injection in the Treatment of Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome: A Noninferiority Randomized Clinical Trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Apr;47(4):232-239 doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.6994. Epub 2017 Mar 3. Brennan KL, Allen BC, Maldonado YM Abstract Study Design: Prospective, randomized, partially blinded. Background: Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) …

Sue Falsone PT

Sue Falsone

PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US

The Pain-Mitigated Diet: What to Eat and What to Avoid to Better Manage Pain

Hippocrates advised his patients to let their food be their medicine. Increasingly, modern society is recognizing that there are “health foods” and “junk foods.” In discussing what pain patients should eat, clinicians should first recognize that there are two main strategies. First, there is general healthful eating. This is the sort of diet everyone should adhere to at least most …

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain Robert Topp, Kara Solem, Jena Etnoyer-Slaski, and Barton Bishop Journal of Performance Health Research Volume 1, Issue 2. Pages 40–47DOI: 10.25036/jphr.2017.1.2.topp.2 © 2017 Performance Health www.performancehealthresearch.com OBSERVATIONAL COHORT Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients with …

Mechanisms and time course of menthol-induced cutaneous vasodilation

This great paper by Craighead, McCartney,  Tumlinson and Alexander describes the vasodilation dose-response of topical menthol. In the post below, we’ve listed some important info from the study, but to read the full study, please see the link at the bottom of the article…  Microvasc Res. 2017 Mar;110:43-47. doi: 10.1016/j.mvr.2016.11.008. Epub 2016 Nov 27  Craighead DH, McCartney NB, Tumlinson JH, …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

How Topical Analgesics Really Work

There is nothing new about the use of menthol as a topical analgesic.1 The skin contains a dense neural network embedded in the dermal-epidermal junction. Fibrous strands from these deep nerves project outward to the skin’s surface. Stimuli to the cutaneous region is perceived by these nerves, which can result in pain signaling or the initiation of the inflammatory cascade. …