Thursday Educational Sessions

Stop the Bleed (1 CE in PACE States Only) 

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Meeting Room: Fairchild

Presenters: Karen Konarski-Hart, DC

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.   This session is intended to teach attendees skills for both practical application and to instruct others in their communities. There will be a maximum of 20 participants per session.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Apply immediate emergency response techniques necessary to arrest hemorrhage in an injured individual. 
  2. Differentiate the type of injury and the appropriate technique(s) to arrest hemorrhage in an injured individual.
  3. Serve as an instructor in techniques for immediate bystanders to arrest hemorrhage in an injured individual.

Translational Research on Cervical Spine Treatment using Cox-Distraction Protocols: Basic Science to Clinical Science (1 CE)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
Meeting Room: Columbia 3 & 4 

Presenters: James Cox, DC, Maruti Ram Gudavalli, PhD & Ralph Kruse, Jr., DC 

This presentation will discuss a National Institutes of Health federally funded study on the translational aspects of cervical spine treatment using Cox distraction protocols. The federally funded research was done in collaboration with Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, the Hines Veterans Hospital research center and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. This presentation will focus on the translational research conducted using basic science experiments on cadavers, clinical experimental research on patients, clinician training using computer‐gathered force feedback, and a dose-response pilot randomized clinical study on neck pain patients with explanation of the practical significance of these in treating patients. 

The presentation will focus on the intradiscal pressure changes while using Cox distraction protocols and how these changes in the research translate to the clinical practice of chiropractors. The intradiscal pressure changes during Cox distraction procedure as measured on unembalmed cadavers at C4, C5, C6, and C7 levels will be shared. Next, the forces measured during clinical treatment training will be highlighted as those forces were classified as low, medium and high.  The clinicians learned these forces via a force-feedback system (visual and audio). Translating cadaver and clinical findings to daily clinical practice will be shown in Newtons and/or Pounds of force during spinal manipulation demonstration.  

This research presentation provides valuable information to objectively teach chiropractic students and field practitioners the force application in treating patients with spinal manipulation. Proper force application with spinal manipulation translates into improved clinical outcomes. 

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Describe new knowledge of basic science biomechanics and clinical application of force delivery during Cox distraction manipulation. 
  2. Illustrate optimal research-documented force application during spinal manipulation and reproduce those forces in clinical practice.   
  3. Recognize cervical spine-related (neck, upper thoracic and upper extremity) conditions for which these forces are applicable. 

Tongue-Tie/TOTS: Evidence & Chiropractic Co-Management (1 CE)

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  
Meeting Room: Columbia 3 & 4 

Presenters: Elizabeth Jean Berg, DC & Jessie L. Young, DC  

Doctors will gain an understanding of the biomechanics of breastfeeding and how musculoskeletal issues can cause difficulties. Doctors will also learn the process of a thorough differential diagnosis for tethered oral tissues/tongue-tie through a detailed review of anatomy, biomechanics and exam procedures specific to the tongue, head and neck. There will be an evidence-based discussion of the anatomical development of the cranium and the possible effects of tension in the oral tissue through adulthood. Attendees will be given two different views and approaches to this controversial topic, with a unified philosophy regarding the importance of differing roles a doctor of chiropractic can have in cases with tethered oral tissues/tongue-tie. All of this combined will give doctors the knowledge to effectively communicate the importance of manual therapy for tongue-tie with parents, breastfeeding specialists and pediatric providers.  Dr. Young and Dr. Berg will review current treatment guidelines and add clinical management strategies/pearls from their combined experience.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explain the impact of tongue-tie and tethered oral tissue on breastfeeding and anatomical development of the cranium and cervical spine. 
  2. Evaluate an infant’s tongue, jaw and cervical spine to make a differential diagnosis. 
  3. Describe current clinical management strategies and manual therapy techniques.   
  4. Communicate the importance of pre- and post-frenotomy care, proper referral and conservative co-management. 

Building a Better Athlete--A Team Approach (1 CE)

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
Meeting Room: Columbia 3 & 4 

Presenter: Lisa Thomson, DC, CFMP, NRCME 

The first part of this presentation discusses the importance of the team approach when treating athletes.  With constant communication between the team of professionals building a better athlete, patient results and satisfaction increase tremendously.  It is important that the team not only communicates often but is also speaking the same language.  The team should include professionals such as coaches, orthopedists, strength and conditioning coaches, etc.  

The second part of the presentation addresses some of the most important movement patterns for athletic performance.  Whether it is decreased performance or increased risk of injury, when there is dysfunction noted in these patterns--something bad will happen.  This presentation will provide practitioners and students with tools to better assess and treat their patients. 

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Identify some of the most important movement patterns for athletic performance.   
  2. Recognize the value of the team approach to building a better athlete.