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Olympics Post Mortem

To add to last week's blog... Watching the Olympics as chiropractic intern has been really interesting. In the past, while watching I was entertained and amazed at what the athletes could do. Now, I am both of those things, plus I am diagnosing and contemplating what athletes would need for treatment based on the sport they are competing in. I mentioned the moguls last week; the amount of ground reaction forces the athletes take to their knees and low back must be astronomical. As the athletes go through their runs, the commentators mention the multiple surgeries most of the seasoned athletes have had throughout their skiing career.

As a chiropractic physician, I would be an excellent addition to an athlete's training and medical team. By providing preventive care through a tailored treatment plan for the specific athlete, their abilities, and their sport, the athlete would most likely need fewer surgeries with less time taken away from training and competing. I do not think that chiropractic care would remove the need for some surgeries throughout their career simply based on the high amount of force their knees, low back, and posterior kinetic chain take.

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Talking to a student at the UIC health fair

Health Fair Benefits

On Thursday afternoon, I participated in a health fair on the University of Illinois (UIC) campus. There were several booths set up with information for students on nutrition, cholesterol screening, exercise, family planning, massage, and many others. At our booth, we had information for students on chiropractic medicine, acupuncture, and other therapies we provide at the National University of Health Sciences Whole Health Center - Chicago. It was a great opportunity for students and teachers to ask questions about what we have to offer and how we can help them. UIC students receive a 50% discount on all services at the Chicago clinic. Most of the students seemed very intrigued about acupuncture. What is it?  Does it hurt? What can it be used to treat? How does it work? Etc...

I had several interactions that might be very beneficial for the NUHS Chicago Whole Health Center. One of the professors at the UIC Nursing School had no idea that we were right in the UIC Marketplace. She has been to a chiropractor in the past for musculoskeletal issues and was very happy with results that she got with treatment. Now, knowing that our clinic is so close and affordable, she took several pamphlets for herself and to share with others at the UIC Nursing School. 

The other interesting conversation I had was with an employee of UIC Campus Care. UIC Campus Care is a self-funded insurance program for students, which offers comprehensive health insurance at a very reasonable cost. She mentioned that they are always looking for chiropractors and other doctors to add to their network. So hopefully at some point in the near future, the NUHS Whole Health Center - Chicago will be one of the preferred providers offering chiropractic care to more UIC students.

Different Points of View

Over the past few weeks, our main clinician at the Chicago Whole Health Center has been out on leave. So during her time away, we have had a few clinicians rotate through. We all thought it was going to be a nightmare having different doctors rotating through, but it actually was a great experience. Each doctor brought a different point of view, different experiences, different techniques, and new ideas on what a practice should be. Each day we were taught things that the doctors felt were important to teach the interns at their own clinics. As interns, we also have a certain number of student chiropractic manipulations and observed chiropractic manipulations that must be performed in order to graduate. While doing these, the doctors that rotated through made it a point to show us new techniques to use on patients who are not responding to other adjustments that we are using.

Overall, it was not the nightmare that we thought it would be, but quite the opposite. We all learned so much and were exposed to things we might not have been had they not stepped in as the clinician. As an intern, it is important to be exposed to as much as you can be. Go out and shadow other doctors, ask questions, take seminars, etc., because when you are done, you are a doctor with all the responsibility that comes with that title. A special thank you to Dr. Cynthia Winston and Dr. Frank Frydrych, who spent most of the time with us, and taught us many valuable techniques. 

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Tri 10 interns hard at work in the Chicago clinic's conference room

On Sunday morning, I had another outreach event to attend with Dr. Rick Ezgur. The event was for the Chicago AIDS Ride, which will take place in July. The ride is a 200-mile bike ride from Evanston, Illinois, to Racine, Wisconsin, where the riders camp overnight. At the campsite, Dr. Ezgur and I will be treating riders for any injuries, aches or pains before they bike back to Evanston the following morning to the finish line. 

The event on Sunday was at one of the many cycling training sessions for the riders at the Lakeshore Athletic Club. The training session consisted of a two-hour cycling class, which was followed by an educational session. The session gave riders information on proper bike fit, nutrition, and stretching to avoid injuries during the AIDS ride. We have four more of these sessions in February, March and April to prep the riders.

Palmer Mansion

In all the stress and excitement surrounding boards, I forgot to write about the tour of the Palmer Mansion last weekend. After I finished with the radiology exam on Friday morning, I had some time to kill so I decided to go on the Palmer Mansion tour. Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer is the founder of chiropractic medicine and his son B.J. Palmer is the developer of the chiropractic profession. The Palmer family has a very long legacy of promoting and furthering the profession as a whole. The mansion, which is a part of the Palmer College campus, was home to B.J. Palmer, his wife Mabel Heath Palmer, and their children. They donated the mansion to the college, and in 1984 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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The mansion is very unique, with a large porch that wraps around the front of the house, and three floors that exhibit the Palmer family art/travel collections. The family loved to travel and had a particular love for China. Displayed throughout the house are pictures from their travels, Chinese sculptures, other religious art pieces, and gifts from several U.S. presidents.  It was a fascinating tour that gave a glimpse into the Palmer family world. They had a love for not only chiropractic medicine and art, but also music, literature, writing, and radio. 

Later on in the week, I had an outreach event at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The event was called Clinicians Working Together -- Managing Back Pain in Our Community. At the event there were presentations from the head of neurosurgery, pain management physicians, and chiropractors. The event was also a great opportunity for MDs and DCs to network, discuss treatment, and set up possible referral networks. Since I will be working a few blocks from the Advocate hospital, it was a great chance for me to meet fellow doctors and have them get to know me. 

The rest of the week was filled with orientation for my new job at The Container Store on North Ave. The Container Store has been on the Fortune Top 100 Best Companies to Work For the past 14 years. They are very proud of their employee-first culture. By having happy employees, they feel the customers will be better taken care of and given outstanding customer service. During my first week at the store, it is very evident that this is the case!

Journal Club, Halloween Preparation, and the Chicago Marathon

Journal Club

At the beginning of the clinic week, I presented my Journal Club article. The point of the Journal Club is to have the interns bring articles on treatment options for patients and discuss whether or not we would use them with our patients. 

My article was on the use of acupuncture for patients with migraine headaches. The conclusion of the article was that acupuncture does show a decrease in the number of days with a migraine, and a decrease in the patient's quality of life. After I finished with my presentation, we were all able to discuss our opinions. We also talked about what other treatment options we would use with a patient experiencing migraine headaches. My current treatment plan for patients with migraines, which can be changed per patient, includes acupuncture, chiropractic manipulative therapy, post-isometric relaxation of the sub-occipital muscles, and supplementation of magnesium, riboflavin, and CoQ10.

Halloween

Throughout the rest of the week, I finished my decorating for Halloween, which is quite extensive. If you haven't noticed yet, it's my very favorite time of the year. This included any final touches, putting up the remainder of the decorations, more spider webbing, and hanging my newest decoration. Every year the day after Halloween, I check out the sales on decorations, and I buy one big decoration to add to my collection. The decoration I added last year was a five-foot tall hanging ghoul that I placed on my balcony. It looks great out there, and I can't wait for people to see it next weekend!

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My newest Halloween decoration

Chicago Marathon

On Sunday, Dr. Miller, several ninth and tenth trimester interns, and I volunteered at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. It was the perfect fall day for the race with temperatures in the mid-60s, which was ideal for the runners. Marathon Day in Chicago is always a fun day because so many people come out to watch, support, and cheer on the runners. Talking with some of the experienced marathoners after the race, they said it's almost impossible to get tired during the Chicago Marathon due to the amazing crowds that come out to cheer them along.

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Jeff Jones, Candace Gesicki, and me at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday

We were in the Chicago Diabetes Project tent where we were available for post-race care for the runners. The majority of the runners were in a lot of pain and had very tight muscles, so we helped by stretching and massaging as needed. I have volunteered at the marathon before, but I haven't had as much one-on-one post-race care. It was crazy to see how much pain some people were in, while others looked like they could run the marathon again. I'm sure that has a lot to do with training and experience with running. Overall, it was a great experience, and as always it is so inspiring watching people finish something as impressive as a marathon!

Start of 9th Trimester

New trimester, new goals, new challenges, new location, and new people. This week started my 9th trimester of chiropractic school. This trimester I am a full-time chiropractic intern at the NUHS Whole Health Center - Chicago, located by the UIC campus on Maxwell and S. Halsted St. The Chicago clinic offers a wide variety of services, some of which include chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and much more. 

It's been an interesting start to the trimester. Interesting in that, there are so many new things to get used to. The biggest challenge this first week was trying to find a convenient public transportation route to take from my place to the clinic. Turns out there isn't a good one really, and it's faster for me to drive most days. Otherwise, I really like my new clinic location. There are five 10th trimester interns and four 9th trimester interns, all of whom are under the supervision of Dr. April Miller.

Since we are so close to the UIC campus, Dr. Miller and all of the Chicago clinic interns did an outreach event on Wednesday at the UIC new student welcome. We set up several chiropractic and massage tables, and offered students massages, trigger point work, and information on stretching that would be helpful for students to do on a daily basis. It was a very successful event with over 100 students stopping by for some wellness care. Students were also given information on the university and care they can receive at our clinic (all of which is discounted for UIC students).

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My main focus last week was prepping for the many hours of exams I had this past weekend. Friday afternoon I took the Physiotherapy board exam. Saturday morning was the Part III board exam followed by the first section of the Part II board exams all afternoon. Finally, Sunday I finished the last sections of Part II in the morning and afternoon. So, last week was a lot of studying any free minute I had. I was doing a lot of prep all summer long, but it's amazing how nervous and stressed you can get the week leading up to exams. Needless to say, I didn't have a decent night's sleep all week long. Tension was high, but the great news was, come Sunday night, all the exams were behind me, and life can go back to normal. If you want to learn more about the NBCE board exams and what they entail go to www.nbce.org.

This week's blog is a short one, but I promise to have all the details of how board exams went in next week's blog. It's back to books for me.