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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.