Archive for May 2009

On-the-Job Back Injuries and Chronic Disability

May 29, 2009

[originally published in KCN, June 2009]

chronic disabilityWhile it goes without saying that no employer relishes the thought of having one of his employees on L&I due to a work injury, having that same work injury blossom into a long-term, chronic disability is enough to make any boss lose his lunch.

And while most work injuries do not turn into chronic disabilities, that fact is, some do.  As employers (or employees for that matter), is there any way we can see this coming?  Are there any risk factors to watch for, and if so, are there ways we can reduce these risks?

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What a Crack-up

May 22, 2009

[originally published in KCN, June 1999]audible-popcorn

Crack!  Pop!  Click!  Crunch!  These are but a sampling of the many descriptors the public associates with the chiropractic profession in general.  Sure the words are onomatopoetic and fun to say, but they really do not do the chiropractic profession justice.  For these words are merely describing a typical “by-product” of our core method of treatment:  the chiropractic adjustment. (more…)

The “Psychotic Nerve”

May 15, 2009

sciatica-psychotic-lady[originally published in KCN, May 1999]

No, you won’t find this in any anatomy book, and the treatment of mentally deranged nerves was never brought up during my years in chiropractic college.   However, ask anyone who has had the unfortunate displeasure of suffering from the intense leg pain that this “nerve” generates, and they will emphatically stand by this tongue-and-cheek, layman’s designation. (more…)

Do-It-Yourself Chiropractic

May 8, 2009

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[originally published in KCN, April 1999]

As a chiropractor, going to dinner parties and other social functions can often be an interesting experience.  Invariably, one of the guests, upon learning of my degree, will announce for all in the room to hear, why he would never need my professional services, as he proceeds to make a public display of theatric proportion, “cracking” and “popping” every joint his spine has to offer — an auditory performance that would certainly make Orville Redenbacher green with envy. (more…)


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