Month: December 2012

January 2013 California Chiropractic Association Events

Here’s a calendar of events for Chiropractors in California during the month of January 2013. Don’t forget that CE hours requirements increase this year. I prefer to get my continuing Education hours done long before my Birthday, I’m planning to attend the 2013 CCA Annual Convention in San Diego for most (if not all) of this years hours.

January 16 – Santa Rosa
CCA – North Bay District Presents Medicare Update
Submitted for 2 CE hrs. Speaker: Cheryl Bradley, Palmetto Representative
Iron Stone Restaurant, 308 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa
To register, contact Dr. Douglas Toth at (707) 526-1390.

January 22 – Sacramento
CCA – Sacramento Valley District Presents Ethics, Law & Chiropractic
Submitted for 2 CE hrs. Speaker: Shawn Steel, Esq.
Hilton Arden West, 2200 Harvard Street, Sacramento
To register, contact Dr. Andrea Aldrich at (916) 691-9500.

January 23 – Fountain Valley
CCA – Orange County District Presents Foundations and Principles of Functional Correction and Scoliosis
Submitted for 2 hrs CE. Speaker: Roger Elmer, DC, FICSB
Claim Jumper Restaurant, 18050 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley
To register, contact Aria Hanson at (949) 793-5309

January 26 – La Quinta
CCA Chiropractic Continuing Education La Quinta Resort
Submitted for 12 hours of CE (see related post here)
La Quinta Resort & Club – 49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, California 92253
To register, contact Mary Witcraft at (916) 648-2727

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Last years CCA Annual Event (2012 Photos) was also at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa, a relaxing property that is great for a chiropractic conference. See you there!

Radiology Terms Commonly Seen on Spine Radiologic Reports

In the past I’ve shared how to use an iPhone to photograph a persons xrays, showed marking of an AP Pelvic Lumber x-ray, as well as a LMFAO acronym on a neck xray.

Today I am sharng a list of words, along with brief definitions, that you may see in a spinal radiological report from a orthopedist, chiropractor or radiologist. The list is intended for individuals that have at least a basic education in radiology and radiologic terminology.

Anterolisthesis – anterior slippage of one vertebra with reference to the one below.

Biomechanical changes – diagnostic term referring to changes in normal motion of the spine. Flexion, extension, or lateral bending studies are nearly always included in the study if this term is utilized.

Congenital anomaly – a structure or defect of embryological origin that usually causes clinical signs or symptoms.

Convexity – lateral curvature of the spine that is less than 10 degrees. A convexity is named for the side toward which it bows outward (or outside of the “C” shape. A concavity is the inside of the “C” shape, the side toward which the spine curls).

Degenerative Disc Disease – a diagnostic term used to signify loss of disc height with little or no spondylophyte formation.

forward cervical flexion x-rayPhoto: Forward Flexion Cervical X-Ray

Degenerative Joint Disease (a.k.a. osteoarthrosis and formerly known as osteoarthritis) – a general term for degenerative processes that occur in any joint. Most commonly used for synovial joints. More specific terms are available to describe spinal degeneration.

Enthesopathy – a general term for disease process at the insertion of tendons, ligaments, or joint capsules onto bones.

Facet arthrosis – degeneration in facet joints (a diagnostic term).

Hyperkyphosis – an increase in the sagittal curve of a section of the spine that normally demonstrates a posterior convexity

Hyperlordosis – an increase in the sagittal curve of a section of the spine that normally demonstrates an anterior convexity.

Hypolordosis – a decrease in the sagittal curve of a section of the spine that normally demonstrates an anterior convexity.

Inclination – a lateral tilt of the spine without actual curvature.

Intervertebral osteochondrosis – a diagnostic term used for degeneration of the nucleus pulposus demonstrated by decrease in disc height with only minimal spondylophyte formation, subchondral sclerosis, and intradiscal vacuum phenomenon.

Laterolisthesis – lateral slippage of one vertebra with reference to the one below. This is rarely seen.

List – a lateral tilt of the spine without actual curvature.

Normal variant – a structure or defect present that causes no major change in appearance and is clinically insignificant.

Pelvic unleveling – viewed coronally, one innominate bone is lower than the other. The low side is the side that should be referred to.

Postural changes – diagnostic term referring to increased or decreased spinal curves, convexities of the spine, and unleveling of body parts.

Retrolisthesis – posterior slippage of one vertebra with reference to the one below.

Scoliosis – lateral curvature of the spine that is equal to or greater than 10 degrees.

Spondylolisthesis – diagnostic term describing slippage of one vertebra on another. May be subdivided into anteriolisthesis, posterolisthesis, or laterolisthesis. When using any of these terms, a measurement in millimeters should be given in the findings section, then a classification (grade) applied in the impressions section. The etiology should also be stated (i.e. dysplastic, isthmic, degenerative, traumatic, or pathologic).

Spondylolysis – a defect in the pars interarticularis of a vertebra. Spondylolisthesis is not necessarily present. Seen most commonly in the lumbar spine.

Spondylosis (a.k.a. Spondylosis deformans) – a diagnostic term used for spondylophytic (osteophytic) changes at the discovertebral margins of the vertebral bodies while disc height is maintained. This is degenerative disc disease involving primarily the anulus fibroslls.

Swayback – four criteria are necessary: Posterior weight bearing of the lumbar spine, extension of the lower lumbar spine, decreased lordosis of the upper lumbar spine, and lowering of the apex of the lumbar curvature.

Uncovertebral arthrosis – a diagnostic term for degeneration of the joints of von Luschka.

CCA Chiropractic Continuing Education La Quinta California

CCA has developed a new series of seminars for the Spring of 2013 and continues to offer FREE continuing education seminars for CCA members (and reasonable rates for non-members). All seminars offer 12 hours of CE with a variety of classes, and will be submitted for CE to the CA Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Spring 2013 CCA Chiropractic Licensing SeminarsChiropractic Continuing Education in La Quinta California

Funtional Movement Systems – Robert George, D.C. 4 Hours (7:30am – 12:00pm)
Introduction of the Functional Movement Systems and it’s relevance to a progressive evidence based practice in a changing healthcare environment. Learn how to integrate a low tech rehab that is effective. The Functional Movement Screen, a predictive system providing a reliable seven-step screening system with three clearing tests, is designed to rank movement patterns basic to the normal function of active people.

Chiropractic Approach to Myofascial Pain – Anthony Morovati, D.C. (4 hrs) 1:00pm – 5:30pm
Learn a new approach to diagnosis, treatment and management of the most commonly seen conditions in your practice. Dr. Morovati will present a scientific, holistic, result-oriented and ethical approach for diagnosis and management of the chiropractic patient. Learn the seven steps in achieving clinical excellence and outcomes.

Adjustive Technique # – David Benevento, D.C. 4 Hours (8:00am-12noon)
Join Dr. David Benevento, a CCA past president, for an informative presentation on integrating functional evaluation testing with diversified adjustive technique. Lower and upper back and lower and upper extremities will be reviewed.

# Applicable towards CA BCE mandated CE hours for license renewals beginning June 1, 2013

Questions: Contact the CCA Conventions & Seminars Dept. – Mary Witcraft (916) 648-2727, ext 141 or [email protected]

How to Register: Call (916) 648-2727 ext 141 or 120

Non-Member Rate: Early-Bird $205 / $235 After

FREE for CCA Members: $81 deposit is required to hold your seat if you are a CCA member. Your credit card will not be charged nor your check cashed unless you are a no-show and fail to notify CCA within scheduled timeline.

Dates: Saturday/Sunday, January 26-27, 2013

La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta, California 92253

View this CCA California Continuing Education Event on the Chiropractic Seminars Pages.

Las Vegas Parker Seminars 2013

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

January 2013 is time for chiropractic education and motivation in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ve often said before that January is the perfect time to begin a year and chiropractic with a conference extravaganza. The Rio Hotel in Las Vegas at Parker Seminars is the perfect place to start. As always, this year features stellar speakers and educators, and one of the largest expo halls available to the chiropractic profession. See you in Las Vegas!

Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2013
Check your mail for a postcard from Parker Seminars
Here’s a highlight of presentations you can expect to see at this year’s 2013 Parker Seminars in Las Vegas. These talks are bound to get anyone enthusiastic about a mindset of service.

The Power of Unconditional Love with Fabrizio Mancini, DC – Love. The four letter word that brings about a multitude of feelings and experiences which can shape the life you want to lead. Join Dr. Fabrizio Mancini as he debuts his new talk about the power of love, the foundation of all healing. No matter what your role in chiropractic, as health care leaders and supporters of a truly healthy lifestyle, one must first discover the healing powers of unconditional love which leads to feelings of greater self-worth and helps to build authentic relationships. Dr. James W. Parker’s favorite principle, “Loving service, my first technique,” originates with this concept and can help you through both personal and professional obstacles. Reconnect with your spiritual self and join us for an opening session sure to start your seminar experience on a higher level of consciousness and awareness.

Secrets to Winning from the Champions of Chiropractic with a star-studded cast of speakers featuring Jerry Rice & Retired General Rebecca Halstead – During this session, the F4CP brings its champion-studded advertising campaign to life and demonstrates the importance and impact of these individuals in advancing chiropractic. Taking the stage to deliver secrets of winning includes everyone from legendary athletes to chiropractic leaders. Included on the invite list are celebrities such as NFL star Jerry Rice, Olympic gold medalist Misty Mae Treanor, as well as chiropractic stars including Patrick Gentempo, DC and Dan Murphy, DC. Each champion provides you with an exclusive tip relative to achieving greater success in either their professional or personal lives. You can also look forward to having an opportunity to spend quality time with one of their favorite champions of chiropractic — during the autograph session. Don’t miss this one and only occasion to meet and learn from the true champions shaping your future in chiropractic.

Detecting and Reporting the Neurological Relationships of the Subluxation with David Fletcher, DC – This course is designed to review structure and functions of the human system. Dr. Fletcher presents a contemporary approach to understanding and analyzing the subluxation complex and then applying these tenets in the application of chiropractic care. Using neuro-spinal sensors that detect tension patterns, a quantifiable approach can be applied in many chiropractic care models spanning all ages.

Chiropractors Duane Hanson James Sigafoose David Fletcher
Chiropractors Duane Hanson, James Sigafoose, and David Fletcher
Bringing Chiropractic to the People with John DeMartini, DC – The greater your chiropractic vision, the greater the numbers of people you serve. The more you serve the people the greater the socioeconomic rewards you receive. Your practice vitality and outreach will be directly proportional to the vividness of your chiropractic vision, the depth of your chiropractic philosophy and profoundness of your willingness to serve. Any detail left unclear in your chiropractic vision becomes an obstacle you face in your daily mission of service. Join Dr. John F. Demartini – a chiropractor, an internationally renowned presenter, and best-selling author as he shares with you his practical and philosophical insights on how to fulfill a massive chiropractic vision and bring chiropractic to the people throughout the world.

Wishes Fulfilled: How to Master the Art of Manifesting with Wayne Dyer PhD – This lecture is dedicated to your mastery of the art of realizing all your desires. The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination. Everything that now exists was once imagined. And everything that will ever exist must first be imagined. Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores the region of your highest self; and definitively shows you how you can truly change your concept of yourself, embark upon a God-realized way of living, and fulfill the spiritual truth that with God all things are possible-and “all things” means that nothing is left out. By practicing the specific technique for retraining your subconscious mind, you are encouraged to not only place into your imagination what you would like to manifest for yourself, but you are given the specifics for realigning your life so you can live out your highest calling and stay connected to your Source of being. From the lofty perspective of your highest self, you will learn how to train your imagination in a new way. Your wishes-all of them-can indeed be fulfilled.

Hotel: Rio Hotel & Casino – 3700 Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103 866.746.7671

Enjoy the magnificence of the city of Las Vegas without the on-strip traffic. The Rio Hotel & Casino combines the excitement of world-class shows and intimate lounges with an exotic energy. Home to the world-famous Penn & Teller. The Sky’s Our Limit – 51 stories above the strip at VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub. Recognized as the best buffet in Vegas year after year, the Carnival World Buffet offers more than 300 dishes prepared daily.

Get more details about Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2013 on the chiropractic seminars page. There’s also a link for online registration. @ 3:36 pm | Article ID: 1354998972

Cultural Competence of Chiropractic Students

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Hayward, California — A study focusing on the cultural competency of chiropractic students was published in the Fall 2012 issue of The Journal of Chiropractic Education, a peer reviewed journal that is indexed in PubMed. The article titled “A Retrospective Analysis of the Cultural Competence of Chiropractic Students in a Public Health Course,” was written by Life West faculty members, Kim Khauv, D.C., M.P.H and Joel Alcantara, D.C.

Life Chiropractic College West
Khauv states the purpose of his study was to measure the cultural competency and confidence of a group of third year senior students. Students completed a 40-item questionnaire regarding their competency in providing care to patients of diverse backgrounds. A subsequent 15-item questionnaire focused on their confidence in delivering chiropractic care to the same group. Afterwards, these students attended a six-hour lecture called “Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness” where they discussed cultural differences, biases, and assumptions. Ultimately, the students increased awareness of themselves, their prospective patients’ traditional healing beliefs and learned practical means of addressing cultural blind spots. They discussed non-verbal cues, word choice, active listening and building trust. Following the lecture, these same students were given the same set of questionnaires to determine how much they had retained. The results were impressive as participants improved constructive attitudes towards a patient’s unique values.

Dr. Khauv asserts that the need for this type of education is great as chiropractic acceptance has grown internationally and chiropractic doctors are engaging diverse populations. Evidence suggests that biases from care providers increase health disparity as patients feel misunderstood and alienated. Thus, they are less likely to return for care or adhere to recommended health regimens. Furthermore, Health People 2020 has mandated that 100% of all healthcare degree granting institutions offer a course in cultural competency. The Council on Chiropractic Education has begun to require chiropractic colleges to teach cultural sensitivity as part of a meta-competency. Dr. Khauv has been teaching cultural competency as part of his public health course for the past seven years.

Dr. Khauv states, “The results of the study provide assurance that cultural competency can be actively learned and successfully applied by chiropractic students when given instruction and guidance.”

Life West, established in 1976, is an accredited non-profit institution of higher learning. Over 4,500 graduates of Life West are now providing chiropractic care worldwide. The college’s Health Center, a public outpatient facility staffed by approximately 150 senior interns who are guided by licensed doctors of chiropractic, provides affordable health care to more than 1,000 patients per week in the city of Hayward, California.

Source: Life Chiropractic College West @ 11:44 pm | Article ID: 1354855463