"Orthopedics Today" Touts Chiropractic
Praise for chiropractic recently came from an unlikely
source. In the February 2003 issue of the magazine
"Orthopedics Today", there appeared a feature article
titled, "Time to Recognize Value of Chiropractic Care?
Science and Patient Satisfaction Surveys Cite Usefulness
of Spinal Manipulation."
In the article, Jack Zigler, MD, orthopedic spine
surgeon with the Texas Back Institute, states, "There
are a lot of myths about chiropractic care. I decided to
look into each of these myths, and what I found is that
chiropractic education, side-by-side, is more similar to
medical education than it is dissimilar. Chiropractors
work for us as screeners for surgical pathology. They
can do the same work-up and send the patient who has
already gone through his conservative treatment and had
all his diagnostic work done to the surgeon."
Additionally, Scott Haldeman, DC, MD, PhD stated, "About
10 to 12 international guidelines have suggested that
there is some benefit to manipulation. If we look at
their basic guidelines, manipulation has consistently
been accepted by independent government and scientific
bodies as being a valid form of treatment."
Andrew Cole, MD, associate clinical professor of
rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington
and recent past president of the American Academy of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation gave the strongest
overall endorsement when he said, "Overall, manipulation
has the advantage of reducing pain, decreasing
medication, rapidly advancing physical therapy and
requiring fewer passive modalities."
Many Patients With Brain Injuries Find Success with
From an April 2, 2003 article from "Health Scout News"
and published on Drkoop.com comes the headline,
"Alternative Medicine a Plus for Brain Injuries". This
article reported on findings presented at the American
Academy of Neurology's annual meeting. The findings
showed that many people with "traumatic brain injuries"
were also using, what the researchers referred to as
"alternative medicine". For the purposes of this study,
the researchers considered all non-medical care to be
"Complementary and Alternative Medicine" or "CAM".
Researchers interviewed 130 people with traumatic brain
injury treated at the University of Michigan's Trauma
Burn Center. They were asked if they'd used alternative
health care to help them with their injuries. More than
half of them said they'd used at least one form of
alternative healthcare, while more than a third said
they'd used at least two.
According to the study the most commonly used procedures
used by the people interviewed were massage therapy,
meditation, herbal medicine and chiropractic care.
Massage therapy and chiropractic care were used by the
brain injury patients to treat their pain, while
meditation was used for affective disorders and herbal
medicines for cognitive defects.
Interestingly enough, the study showed that the majority
of these patients are not discussing that with their
medical doctors. "A lot of patients are embarrassed to
tell their doctors, while others don't even realize that
the vitamin supplements and other substances they are
using can be as active as drugs, which can affect their
medical treatment. As a physician, this makes me more
aware of the fact that I need to ask my patients about
any possible CAM use," study author Sharon McDowell, MD.
Regardless of medical concerns, the study clearly
reported that 80 percent of the people interviewed
believed that the non-medical care they received was