Steskal Chiropractic, Omaha Nebraska

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Recently Doctors of Chiropractic have stepped up the fight for their patient rights. In several different US states the issues have made it to the courtrooms. In one such action in the state of Washington, the Washington State Chiropractic Association (WSCA), recently filed a formal complaint with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) against Regence/Blue Shield. The complaint, filed April 10th, 2001 seeks relief for actions and contemplated actions by Regence/Blue Shield against chiropractors and other complementary and alternative care professionals.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to get Regence/Blue Shield to abide by the "Patient Bill of Rights" state law that allows patients to see their chiropractors without a prior physician referral, and requires disclosure of utilization management guidelines for healthcare providers, including chiropractic and alternative providers. "The WSCA wants nothing more than for Regence to accept and follow state insurance laws without resorting to tactics that will blunt the effect and purpose of these laws," stated John Peick, attorney for the WSCA.

In another action ten Alabama chiropractors have filed suit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BC/BS) of Alabama for discriminating against chiropractors. The suit alleges two antitrust violations of the Sherman Act: restraint of trade or commerce in an agreement with HealthSouth Corp., and monopolizing or attempting to monopolize health care reimbursement services in Alabama. Along with other issues the suit also alleges that BC/BS has engaged in establishing severely restrictive benefit limits for chiropractic services that are arbitrary and without reasonable justification and reimbursing chiropractors at a much lower rate than the reimbursements paid to other providers for comparable services.

In still another legal battle the New York State Chiropractic Association, in conjunction with several individual doctors of chiropractic and chiropractic patients, has filed suit against seven of the largest health plans and managed care networks in New York state. The suit alleges the insurance industry's apparent failure to comply with the requirements set down in the New York Chiropractic Insurance Equality Law, a law designed to protect patient's rights. The suit charges the plans with fee discrimination; unreasonable fee and benefit limits; improper restrictions on the scope of chiropractic practice and the services chiropractors provide to health plan beneficiaries; as well as other practices that discriminate against chiropractic patients and their doctors.

Recently more of these types of actions are being taken on behalf of chiropractic patients. The goal of all of these is always to allow patients the right to choose chiropractic care with out having any additional hardships or discrimination. As more people are going to chiropractors and demanding that these services be available, more of these types of actions will be brought up to protect and ensure the patient's rights.

A prophetic article appeared in the December 21, 2006 online Channel 9 News website out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The story reported on Dr. Thomas Langley reaching his 100 birthday while still practicing chiropractic. According to the report, Dr. Langley of Dalton, Georgia became the world's oldest practicing chiropractor. His actual 100th birthday was December 28, 2006. He passed away January 6, 2007.

Dr. Langley embarked on his chiropractic career following his service in the US Army Air Corps, enrolling in the Palmer School of Chiropractic in 1935. Upon graduation, he set up practice in Georgia and spent his entire 69 year professional career in that state, providing chiropractic care to generations of patients. Dr. Langley had been a continuous member of the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) for 56 years, and at the time of his passing, was the organization's oldest member.

"Dr. Tom Langley devoted his life to the chiropractic profession and to his community." In a statement before Dr. Langley's passing, former ICA President Dr. Sid E. Williams who had worked with Dr. Langley in their home state of Georgia for many decades continued, "He has always been ready to give more than was expected or even required. His patients have counted on him throughout the years for excellent subluxation-based chiropractic care. He is a loyal member of the ICA and an enduring personal friend. He is to be honored and respected for the contributions to the profession and to mankind. It is an honor to wish you Happy Birthday, Tom!"

At Dr. Langley's 100th celebration Channel 9 interviewed several of Dr. Langley's patients including Lynn Turner who sat beside him at his celebration dinner and said, "I broke my back playing football in '56. On the count of him, I never have had to have an operation." The Channel 9 story also interviewed Pat Jordan, his receptionist for 33 years. She described Langley by saying, "He's just a very caring person and he's a joy to work for."

Dr. Langley had been active in the American Legion, the Lions Club of Dalton, GA, and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Dalton. He was also an avid golfer, playing as often as two or three times a week, well into his 90's. At their meeting of November 28, 2006, ICA's Board of Directors enthusiastically passed a "Resolution of Congratulations and Appreciation" for Dr. Langley, citing his distinguished service to the chiropractic profession and the citizens of his community, and acknowledging him as "a most distinguished professional, a selfless servant to his community, a model of integrity and an example to us all."

"Dr. Tom Langley was known to his colleagues and patients as a quiet, loving and dedicated practitioner and a fine human being," said his friend and fellow Georgian, former ICA President Dr. D.D. Humber. "I have never known a chiropractor who is more universally loved than Dr. Langley."

Dr. Thomas Langley 1906 - 2007, will always have the honor and respect of his patients and colleagues and will be known as the only chiropractor to have ever reached the century mark while still in active practice.

  • According to a survey of 1500 adults commissioned by Landmark Health Inc., one in six U.S. adults uses chiropractic services.
  • There are approximately 60,000 Doctors of Chiropractic in active practice in the United States today, according to the International Chiropractors Association.
  • According to the October 6th 1999 MSNBC web site, the number of chiropractic visits per capita has doubled in the past 20 years.
  • There are presently 16 chiropractic colleges in North America.
  • For the first time in history there are now presently more Chiropractic Colleges outside the United States than inside the U. S.
  • There are approximately 10,000 students enrolled in Chiropractic College.
  • The Chiropractic profession was started in 1895, in Davenport Iowa.

In a report from the Feb. 21, 2002 PRNewswire comes a story of a national telephone survey conducted by Media General Research in December 2001, in which it was revealed that consumers rely most on chiropractic as the number one natural, non-drug choice for most pains and injuries. The survey found for example, that 42 percent of consumers have experienced back pain during the past year. The number one natural choice was chiropractic care. The study also found that of those patients who saw a chiropractor, 91 percent rated their care as "very" or "somewhat" effective.

The study also showed that while sixty percent of consumers said they would go to an MD if they experienced an injury causing pain to their back or neck, about 23 percent said they would go to a chiropractor. This number was more than physical therapists at 7 percent, massage therapists at 4 percent, and acupuncturists at only 1 percent.

While it is a common public belief to associate chiropractic with back and neck pain, the survey also showed another area that is becoming more recognized by the general public when it comes to choosing chiropractic care and that area is the care of headaches. Although using drugs is still the most commonly used treatment for those who had experienced headaches in the past year, the second most popular choice of care for headache sufferers was chiropractic care.

The report also noted that in 1998, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that chiropractic was the most frequently used drug-free treatment. Additionally the report mentioned that Chiropractic has been practiced in the United States for more than 100 years, and more than 3 million people visit one of the 60,000 chiropractors in the country every year.

The above headline comes from a March 16, 2007 article on WebMD. The article is based on a study done at the Hypertension Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center and published in the March 2, 2007 issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension.

In this study, 50 patients with hypertension were divided into two groups of 25 each. One group of 25 received a specific light force chiropractic adjustment (administered by a chiropractor) to the Atlas vertebrae (uppermost bone in the neck). The other group of 25 received a similar procedure but with no adjustment being given. Researchers called this procedure the "sham adjustment". Since the type of adjustment given was very light force, the patients involved in this study did not know if they were receiving the real or sham adjustments.

The results were surprising to even the medical researchers conducting the study. After 8 weeks of care the 25 people in the group receiving the real chiropractic adjustments all showed a significant reduction in blood pressure compared to the group that received the sham adjustment. Those patients who got the real adjustment showed an average of 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average of 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number) over those who got the fake or sham adjustment.

In his interview with WebMD, study leader George Bakris, MD commented, "This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination. And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems."

When they first analyzed the data, Dr. Bakris and his statistician had trouble believing the data. He noted, "When the statistician brought me the data, I actually didn't believe it. It was way too good to be true. The statistician said, 'I don't even believe it.' But we checked for everything, and there it was."

X-rays were used to confirm that the chiropractic adjustments actually changed the position of the Atlas vertebrae. Dr. Marshall Dickholtz was the chiropractor who performed the specific adjustments and commented in WebMD, "At the base of the brain are two centers that control all the muscles of the body. If you pinch the base of the brain -- if the Atlas gets locked in a position as little as a half a millimeter out of line -- it doesn't cause any pain but it upsets these centers."

Even with the overwhelming results, the authors of the study were cautious in their conclusions and posed several questions. They commented, "The mechanism as to why this improvement in blood pressure occurs is unknown and cannot be determined by this study". They continued, "The data presented, however, raise a number of important questions including: a) How does misalignment of C1 affect hypertension?; and b) If there is a cause and effect relationship between C1 misalignment and hypertension, is malposition of C1 an additional risk factor for the development of hypertension?"