Coccygodynia: A Case Report of Post-Traumatic Pelvic Floor Pain Due to Myofascial Trigger Points

Coccygodynia has been termed a “pain in the rear.” The painful coccyx first coined as “coccygodynia” some 150 years ago is still a misunderstood symptom that affects women more frequent- ly than men and most often after a traumatic incident.  Sixty percent of patients with common coccygodynia present with mechanical coccygeal lesions that most frequently follow a fall onto the buttocks.  Forty percent of the patients with coccygodynia present with normal alignment and proper function of the coccyx with “idiopathic” causes. Recently, a significant study implied that coccygodynia is primarily due to physical pathology rather than a manifestation of an underlying neurosis. Read the article

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): Evaluation and Management by a Doctor of Chiropractic

Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, May 2008 by Paul R. Sherman, James J. Lehman

Objective: To discuss the diagnosis, treatment, and co-management of a patient who presented in a chiropractic office with posttraumatic lower-back pain and an incidental finding of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Clinical Features: A 56-year-old male patient presented with pain and spasm in his lower back. Plain film radiographs revealed loss of the normal lumbar lordosis with mild degenerative spondylosis of the lumbar spine. Also noted was the presence of a large calcific abdominal aortic aneurysm measuring approximately 6 cm, along with calcification of the common iliac arteries. Intervention and Outcome: Successful endovascular repair of the patient’s abdominal aortic aneurysm and conservative chiropractic management provided resolution of his lower back pain and prevented a possible hemorrhagic event. Conclusion: We discuss in this case study the importance of accurate clinical diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurysm, appropriate referral to a surgeon, medically necessary co-management with a chiropractic intervention, and the resolution of a painful lower-back disorder.

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Patient Perceptions About Chiropractors and Primary Care

Patient perceptions in New Mexico about doctors of chiropractic functioning as primary care providers with limited prescriptive authority.

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Back Pain and Chronic Dehydration

This article describes some observations about a possible connection between not drinking enough water and suffering from back pain. The guest author is James Lehman, DC, who is a professor of orthopedics and neurology at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.  Read on…

Founding Integrative Medicine Centers of Excellence: One Strategy for Chiropractic Medicine to Build Higher Cultural Authority

Chiropractic physicians are seeking a higher level of cultural authority within their communities and the United States health care system. This commentary suggests an innovative strategy that might expedite the attainment of professional authority while improving the training of chiropractic students and faculty. The authors propose the founding of integrative medicine centers of excellence by colleges of chiropractic that will employ clinical faculties comprised of allopathic, chiropractic, osteopathic, and naturopathic physicians. Initially, the health care facilities should offer primary care through an integrative medicine model. It is anticipated that these centers of excellence will require both government and private funding in order to develop research programs, provide high-quality patient care, and improve the medical training for students with residents programs.

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Obamacare: Threats, Options, and Opportunities

The ‘‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or PUBLIC LAW 111–148 was enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress  on March 23, 2010.  The comprehensive reform law was enacted in two parts. The “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” signed into law on March 23, 2010 and then amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act on March 30, 2010.  The name “Affordable Care Act” is the final amended version of the law.  Read on…

University of Bridgeport and the Chiropractic College

I began teaching diagnosis and business courses within the chiropractic college during the fall semester of 2006. The diagnosis courses include orthopedic and neurological evaluation for the third and fourth semester chiropractic students. My business courses include ethical and legal business procedures for the third and fourth year students. In addition, I teach a neuroscience course, Introduction to Brain and Behavior to undergraduate students in their third and fourth year psychology, counseling, and pre-professional programs. I thought you might enjoy some additional information from the UB website:

History and Mission

The University of Bridgeport was founded in 1927 as the Junior College of Connecticut – the first junior college chartered by any legislature in the northeastern states. In the words of its founders, the college’s purpose was to develop in students “a point of view and a habit of mind that promotes clear thinking and sound judgment in later professional and business experience.” Although UB has changed in many ways since then, its commitment to student preparation and community service remains central to its mission.

The Junior College of Connecticut became the University of Bridgeport in 1947, when the governor of Connecticut chartered the institution as a four-year university with authority to grant the baccalaureate degree. By that time, the former estate of famed circus owner P.T. Barnum at Bridgeport’s picturesque Seaside Park had been purchased. Growth in students, faculty, programs and buildings was rapid. Strong growth continued throughout the 1960s and ’70s.

In January 1979, the University was licensed to offer the doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). In 1991, the College of Chiropractic was established, thereby becoming the first affiliation of a chiropractic school with a university in the United States. Significant financial support from the Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA), a non-profit organization of academicians dedicated to world peace through education, enabled the University of Bridgeport to continue its programs in the aftermath of a major labor dispute. In 1996, the University established the College of Naturopathic Medicine, which grants the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.). In fall 2006, the University began enrolling students in a Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Engineering.

Chiropractic Professional Education

The purpose of chiropractic professional education is to provide the student with a core of knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences and related health subjects sufficient to perform the professional obligations of a doctor of chiropractic.
It is the purpose of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic program to offer as a minimum those courses and objectives as suggested in the CCE standards. It is also the purpose of the UBCC program to offer a broad-based educational experience. In many cases, the educational program presented will go beyond the course offerings suggested by CCE and will go beyond individual state laws and scope of practice.

The University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic curriculum is divided into three phases: Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Clinical Services.

The University of Bridgeport Division of Health Sciences offers both traditional medical care and complementary and alternative medical care training. The schools train future medical professionals in the following fields:

  • Acupuncture,
  • Chiropractic medicine,
  • Dental hygiene,
  • Naturopathic medicine,
  • Nutrition and
  • Physician assistant

If you have any interest in becoming a healthcare professional, check out the Health Science website.

Giving Our Veterans the Care They Deserve

Dr. Anthony J. Lisi, associate professor of clinical sciences at University of Bridgeport oversees chiropractic care at the Veterans Health Administration, which serves more than 7.8 million enrolled veterans and is the nation’s largest health care system.  He guides the improvement and expansion of the VHA chiropractic program, which was established in 2004 in response to legislation that requires at least one chiropractor at each of its 21 geographic regions.

Dr. Anthony Lisi describes in an update on the Veterans Health Administration how the chiropractic program has been giving our veterans the chiropractic care they deserve for over 5 years.

As a healthcare provider in the Department of Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Connecticut, he describes the introduction of chiropractic services to veterans of the war in Iraq for the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Veterans Administration.  His manuscript, Management of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans in a Veterans Health Administration chiropractic clinic: A case series, describes elements of the processes and outcomes of chiropractic care for these veterans.