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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Physicians Plus and Therapeutic Touch Massage Center are proud to announce the addition of Acupuncture to our group practice. [More] 

September 2010 Is Advice Alone Adequate for the Management of Neck Pain?

By Arthur Croft, DC, MS, MPH, FACO - Over the course of the past dozen years or so, we've seen a continuing push toward greater self-reliance on the part of the patient in medical care. That translates into health care dollar savings for consumers and enhanced profits for insurers. [More] 

Laser Therapy Effective for Reducing Neck Pain

A literature review and meta-analysis of randomized placebo or active-treatment controlled trials concludes that low-level laser therapy "reduces pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain" and compares favorably with other forms of therapy for neck pain - particularly pharmacological interventions. [More] 

February 2010 Study Confirms Flaws in Standard MVC Defense Strategy

The seemingly complex, or perhaps even inscrutable, calculus of what practitioners term personal injury is, in truth, deceptively simple. However, while it keeps getting simpler, many practitioners and lawyers feel hopelessly wrapped around the axle of this puzzling system. [More] 

A Dark Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Here's news that's hard not to like. Eating dark chocolate is good for you. Very good for you. [More] 

Graphic Film Tackles Texting while Driving

It's one of the most dangerous things you can do - texting while driving. There are laws against it in more than half the states. Studies show it can increase your chances of having an accident by four times. But people keep doing it. The message is not getting through. So in Britain, there's an effort to make the message a lot more dramatic. [More] 

Auto Accidents!  What do witnesses really see?

This video clip was originally handed down to me through my Auto Collision Reconstruction Program instructor, Rusty Haight, back in 2004. A situation very similar to this arose here with a patient of mine - just not the jet. The bottom line is the movie is addressing the reliability of witness statements. Disclaimer: This is not the typical video clip that I post, (due to the vulgar hand gesture at the end) but it does make the point.

This is a remarkable story of a 5 year old boy overcoming cancer.  [More] 

You love the comfort and ease of Crocs but what makes the CrocsRx models different?

All Crocs are produced from croslite material. Due to this materials’ closed cell properties, Crocs are anti-microbial and impact absorbing, relieving pressure from hips, knees and back. The CrocsRx division wanted to take this wonderful product a step further so we adapted Crocs footwear to address compromised foot conditions. [More] 

December 2008 Dr. Langlitz Re-certified Crash Forensics and Auto Safety Trainer

Dr. Langlitz attended the 13th Annual Spine Research Institute of San Diego Scientific Conference with Dr. Arthur Croft, DC, MSc, MPH, FACO, and successfully completed his advanced certification and Certified Auto Safety Trainer. SRISD is committed to providing research and education in the area of spinal health and injury prevention. They are especially concerned about cervical spine injuries that result from whiplash trauma. [More] 

May 7, 2008 Medical Errors Costing US Billions

Mistakes resulted in 238,337 preventable deaths from 2004-06, survey finds. This is an alarming study. The authors note that these medical mistakes are 3% of just the Medicare Patients. [More] 

Study: Chiropractic Does Not Increase Risk of Stroke

A new study finds there is no evidence of excess risk of stroke following chiropractic spinal manipulation, according to a February 2008 report in the journal Spine.  In the study, researchers noted that patients are no more likely to suffer a stroke following chiropractic treatment than they would after visiting their family doctor’s office. [More] 

Chiropractic and the Risk of Stroke

In an attempt to discredit chiropractic and discourage people from seeking care from doctors of chiropractic, some proponents of allopathic medicine continue to disseminate misleading information about a possible link between cervical adjustments and strokes. [More] 

April 26, 2007 Dr. Langlitz, Center for Automotive Safety and Research

Dr. Langlitz attended the CRASH program with Dr. Arthur Croft, DC, MSc, MPH, FACO, and the Spine Research Institute of San Diego and successfully completed his written examination and certification in Crash Forensics. SRISD is committed to providing research and education in the area of spinal health and injury prevention. They are especially concerned about cervical spine injuries that result from whiplash trauma. [More] 

March 2007 Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure

Study Finds Special 'Atlas Adjustment' Lowers Blood Pressure [More] 

March 2007 Auto insurers play hardball in minor-crash claims

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- If you are injured in a minor car crash, chances are good that you will be in the fight of your life to get the insurance company to pay all the medical costs you incur -- even if the accident was no fault of your own. [More] 

New Year’s Day ‘Star Wars Spectacular’in 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade to Feature Dr. Langlitz

200 Stormtroopers from Around the World, Members of the‘501st Legion,’ Gather for Unforgettable Parade Event

SPRINGFIELD – On Jan. 1, nearly 1 million people along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, Calif., and an additional 30 million people watching at home will see one of the most spectacular Star Wars events ever – and Springfield resident Dr. George Langlitz will be among them.  [More] 

April 6, 2006 Chiropractic May Help Relieve Angina Pectoris

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers in Denmark have provided evidence that manual therapy performed by a doctor of chiropractic is effective in treating chest pain. [More]

March 18, 2006 Crash Severity and Injury Risk: A New Study Provides the Definitive Answer

Arthur Croft, DC, MSc, MPH, FACO. Can one gauge the risk for injury on the basis of property damage in a motor vehicle collision (MVC)? This question lies at the very heart of some of the most hotly debated legal jousting. Fairly or otherwise, it often forms the crux of a defense strategy for denying responsibility. It has gradually become the perfect foil; a conclusion that plays easily and seductively on the intuitive logic of triers of fact. But the tactic has a more tenebrous side. [More]

March 1, 2006 Does Osteopathic Manipulation Still Exist?

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) provides interesting insight into the current status of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) or osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). So, the next time someone tells you they have seen an osteopath or received "osteopathic manipulation," you should inform them that there is really no comparison to chiropractic. [More]

February 12, 2006 ICA Makes Powerful Public Statement on Chiropractic Safety

To dispel the erroneous claims against the safety of the Chiropractic Adjustment, the International Chiropractors Association is proud to share the following information comparing the risks of chiropractic care versus other forms of health care.

In response to a continuing pattern of anti-chiropractic media efforts such as the “Warning” billboard that recently appeared in Connecticut, the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) has taken an important and dramatic step and is offering the public a new, positive and accurate message. [More]

January 31, 2006 17,696 Reasons to Use Chiropractic

by Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD (hc), FICC (h). Hmmm what would happen if every one of those patients decided to put up a billboard condemning some form of medical care?  [More]

November 16, 2005 The ethics of the third party medical evaluation

By Michael Freeman PhD, DC, MPH. The potential for fraud in healthcare by providers is readily recognized in all aspects of society. The high fees charged by doctors for their services regardless of outcome is frequently the source of humor, derision, and anger. How then, does the independent medical (or chiropractic) examiner fit into the scheme of appropriate and necessary healthcare?  [More]

July 11, 2005 More on Lost Wages

Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. Several years ago I wrote an article, for the great Dr. Langlitz, which he published, regarding the handling of your claim for LOST WAGES. Since then I’ve been asked so many questions about that subject matter I’ve decided it would be wise to go into even greater depth and provide you, the reader of this outstanding publication, with deeper insights into this most crucial aspect of your motor vehicle personal injury insurance claim.  [More]

June 17, 2005  The Eye Witness

Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. When you've been smashed into one of the most important sources of help - - when it comes to digging up information and assembling a record of the accident - - is the eye witness to that impact. [More]

May 23, 2005 Handling Yourself at the Accident Scene

Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. You were struck and it’s clearly not your fault! If at all possible, don’t remove your vehicle until the police arrive, allowing them to ensure whatever evidence that may be important. [More]

May 3, 2005 Aching Spines

4-11-05 Your Insurance Premiums Are Up And So Are Your Co-Pays.

But did you also know that the doctor's re-imbursement is less?  Example - you used have had a $6 co-payment for a $30 service rendered which was a $24 insurance charge and $6 of your responsibility. The tables have turned however. Not only are you paying more for your premiums, but also for your overall service. Your co-payment has now become $15 and the insurance is only covering $10 for the same service!  So much for inflation!

4-6-05 Low Speed Impacts and Injuries

Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. In most cases the forever-on-the-con insurance industry attempts to deny the possibility of injuries in a low speed impact but research substantiates just the opposite! It's usually the case that the motor vehicle will show little damage but the velocity and accompanying force have to be transferred somewhere, and that’s to the individual in that vehicle. Cars are built to withstand such minor impacts - - the human body is not! [More]

4-1-05 Auto Accident Insurance Claims - As of 2005

Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. In 2002 nonfatal accidents affected 23.7 million individuals who were forced to obtain medical attention for an injury. That comes to about 1 in 12! And, also in 2002, Motor-vehicle crashes were the most costly workmen’s compensation claims. Insured‘s “Reported” crashes of a motor vehicle (when American’s were on-the-job and driving while working) caused 27,558 injuries. It has now been learned that in the United States, the motor vehicle death total was up a full 2%, in 2003. That brought the death total to 44,800. PLUS: In that same year, 2003, there were also 2,400,000 disabling motor vehicle accident injuries. [More]

3-1-05 Driving Your Motor Vehicle While Fighting to Stay Awake

Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. In a report dated late last year 2004, the National Safety Council wrote that traffic death rates are 3 times greater at night - - than during the day! [More]

3-1-05 Up To Date Motor Vehicle Facts

Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. Three years ago it was reported there were “An estimated” six million, three hundred and fifteen thousand motor vehicle accident’s in the United States. That comes to about 173,000 per day! Two years ago an average of 120 people died every day in motor vehicle crashes in the United States. BELOW ARE 8 VERY INTERESTING 2003 ACCIDENT “RESULTS” [More]

2-12-05 The Whiplash Injury  - As of Early 2005

Dr. George Langlitz III and PHYSICIANS PLUS has always gone out of their way to bring all the information, regarding up-to--date motor vehicle accidents, to their readers. And so, I am doing everything possible to assist this spectacular Chiropractor and his great newsletter with the following. [More]

1-10-05  Outside Pressures on the Typical Insurance Adjustor

by Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. Adjuster Henry Hard-Nose is not without outside pressures he must deal with every day. You should be aware of the most important of these because if understood they’ll put money in your bank. [More]

12-27-04 Low Speed Impact Injury Facts

Low Speed impacts are those that take pace at speeds under 10 MPH. There’s often little (if any) visible Property Damage done to a motor vehicle. However, those who are struck (especially in the rear) often have injuries, especially neck injuries. The most common of them are identified as “Whiplash”. [More]

11-07-04 Auto Accident Insights - As of Late 2004

In 2002 there were reported to be “An estimated” six million three hundred and fifteen thousand motor vehicle accidents in the United States for that whole year. That figure comes down to about 17,301.37 accidents per day ! [More]

9-29-04 MVA Evaluation Process

by Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. While Legal Romantics would like to characterize the trial of a lawsuit as a “Search For Truth that’s often not a reality! Cases are decided on the evidence: When reviewing cases before them, judges invariably use the phrase, “The evidence shows”, rather than, “The truth of the matter is”. That first phrase is a reality that filters from the courtroom down to the objective evaluation of each case tried.  [More]

9-17-04 Physicians Plus three time winner!

From 1999 to 2004, this site was chosen by Dynamic Chiropractic as one of the best representations of chiropractic to the online community worldwide.  [More]

Three very important motor vehicle accident personal injury insurance claim "Insights" 

by Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. This article is factual information I have gathered regarding some crucial 2003 Motor Vehicle accident facts in the United States in 2003. [More]

 Some Crucial 2003 "Crash-Facts" In The U.S.A.

by Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. This article is factual information I have gathered regarding some crucial 2003 Motor Vehicle accident facts in the United States in 2003. [More]

6-23-04 Auto Accidents!  What do witnesses really see?

This video clip can be used by AI Instructors when addressing the reliability of witness statements. Disclaimer: This not the typical video clip that I post, (due to the vulgar hand gesture at the end) but it does make the point. Also, it takes a while to download, being 7MB, and it does not like QuickTime but will open with Windows Media Player. View Attachment 1: What do witnesses really see? (7MB File)

6-17-04 Does back pain go away on its own?

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. The study demonstrated that in more than 33% of the people who experience low-back pain, the pain lasts for more than 30 days.  Only 9% of the people who had low-back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later. [More]

6-11-04 Rheumatoid Arthritis

Years ago, doctors hardly ever told rheumatoid arthritis patients to "go take a hike "or "go for a swim." Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging process and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down. But not so anymore. Recent research and clinical findings show that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than the traditional recommendation of bed rest and drug therapy. [More]

6-9-04 Documenting Your Disability

by Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga. The best judge of Total Disability and/or Partial Disability is your chiropractor. The Medical Report he executes for the insurance company you’re battling with, Rock Solid Insurance Corporation, will contain his comments regarding the nature of your disability. His diagnosis will be crucial to I. M. Smart, the adjuster assigned to handle your claim, because it will detail the duration of your “Pain and Suffering“. In addition it will also prove the time you lost from work as being legitimate. [More]

5-22-04 Newsweek Validates Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Back Pain

Newsweek Cover

In the April 26, 2004 Newsweek cover story, "The Great Back Debate," editor Claudia Kalb explores the role back pain has played in American society. While the article examines some surgical options used to treat back pain, it also gives a favorable review of massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, and other forms of alternative care. [More]

 

 

 

4-27-04 Chiropractors Offer Hope and Help to Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

In the past decade, prescriptions for Ritalin, a stimulant medication commonly used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), increased five-fold, with 90 percent of all prescriptions worldwide consumed in the United States. As many parents grow leery of the traditional medical approach to ADHD, doctors of chiropractic are offering promising results with nondrug treatments that focus on postural muscles, nutrition and lifestyle changes that affect brain activity. .... [More]

3-22-04 Doc, Will cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis? Yes? No?

3-7-04 SOAP Documentation Software - a Review of MediNotes Charting System.

Over the last 10 years, I have had the opportunity to review several different SOAP Note Charting Systems and Electronic Medical Record keeping software programs.  EMRs as they are now called are fast becoming the method of choice for documentation and a paperless office.   MediNotes has a lot of good points, but for those in the field of manual medicine, this one falls short in many aspects. [More]

3-2-04 Patient Forms and Charts.

Many new forms have been added for your convenience. Follow the Contact Us tab or go directly to the site index under Patient Forms and Charts.

 2-20-04 The "Colossus" Claims Program, and How It Affects You.

Colossus is a computer software program utilized by over 60% of the insurance industry in the US, and over 80% of  insurers in other countries to analyze the value of bodily injury claims. None of the insurance companies that use Colossus advertises that fact. They don't say they adjust claims by computer, either. And many agents, either through naiveté or lying, have denied that a company uses such a process. Even before Colossus, though, insurance company whistleblowers Robert Dietz and Christy Klein said adjusters played hardball, offering the lowest possible settlement they believed a client would accept.... [More]

1-22-04 The AMA Impairment Ratings, The Chiropractic Doctor, The Law and The Insurance Company.

by Dr. George Langlitz III, CCSP.  Apparently some insurance companies are using a ploy that Chiropractic impairment ratings are not valid under the law and only medical physicians can render them. Being certified in both 4th and 5th Editions of the Guides, I can assure you that nowhere in the laws does this hold true. ...[More]

1-20-04 Risks of Manipulation

by Dr. George Langlitz III, CCSP.  Every form of health care has some risk.  The media has sensationalized the dangers of cervical manipulation, but what are the real numbers?  ...[More]

1-15-04 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga, retired insurance executive "WHIPLASH-TYPE INJURY"

Every day a gazillion cars zoom along Americas highways and that number continues to increases at an incredible rate of speed. We’re all in a hurry. We drive too fast, follow to close and don’t pay attention anywhere near as much as we should. Because of this, year in and year out, motor vehicle accidents continue to multiply. Recent statistics show that multi-million's of Americans are treated each year for motor vehicle accident injuries. That number continues to increase like wildfire!.... [More] 

12/26/03 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga, retired insurance executive - "Medical Insights and Expenses"

There’s nothing that has a greater impact on evaluating a personal injury insurance claim than the damage done to your body, plus the Chiropractic bills that are a direct result of that injury and the “Pain and Suffering” you were forced to deal with. Besides botching up your body (and sometimes your love life) what else does the injury mean to you?.... [More]   

10/27/03 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga, retired insurance executive - Regarding “Your Insurance Claim Guide"

The following information is a Bare-Bones Guide for those who have had a motor vehicle accident and wish to get and keep all they are entitled to. It details the basics of what you need to know to handle and settle your insurance claim.... [More]                                             

8/14/03 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga, retired insurance executive - Regarding “Pain and Suffering"

It’s an absolute necessity that you ask your Chiropractor to provide you with medial attention as soon as possible after you've been smashed into. This decision can make the difference between ending up with a fistful of thousand dollar bills, or a “Nuisance Value” settlement - a small payment made to close the case.... [More]                                             

7/6/03 AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Introduced by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Subject:    Musculoskeletal Care in Graduate Medical Education. Whereas, Musculoskeletal problems are a leading cause of pain and disability in our society... [More]

7/1/03 Chiropractic Medical Bills

The value of a personal injury claim has a direct relationship to the amount of your chiropractic medical bills. Why? Because a claim with medical bills of $500.00 is worth three to five times more than a claim with $100.00, or less. And that’s a fact of life in the world of insurance claims. [More]

6/9/03 More Kudos for Chiropractic in Prevention Magazine

Prevention magazine touts itself as "American's leading health and fitness magazine." In the June issue of the monthly publication, 12 million potential patients can read about how chiropractic resolved a woman's chronic back pain quickly and effectively. [More]

5/28/03 DC Garners "Best Patient Satisfaction" Rating at Georgia Army Hospital

Drs. Thomas McKinney and Jerry Vanderheyden were pleasantly surprised by a recent announcement at Martin Army Hospital. [More]

5/28/03 Study Finds Manual Therapy "Most Effective Treatment" for Neck Pain

 Although not as prevalent as back pain, neck pain is a common presentation in clinical practice. An estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of the general population suffers from neck pain and/or stiffness at any given time. [Read More]

5/24/03 Getting Reimbursed For Your “Pain And Suffering”

You’ve had a motor vehicle accident some time ago when a local character by the name of Fred Fuddle smashed into your rear end but now you're in the home stretch with his Adjuster, I. M. Strong, and you’re going to be paid for your loss by Strong’s employer, Rock Solid Insurance. A good portion of it will be for your "Pain and Suffering". That is, in the lingo of insurance claim settlements, your "Compensatory Damages". Let's talk about that:

5/2/03 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga, retired insurance executive - Regarding Impacts and Injuries

As of January 2003 it was determined that in the good ole‘ US of A, there were approximately 12.3 million motor vehicle accidents involving over 21 million vehicles in 2002.. This amounts to a little over one crash per second. Let’s take a look at four of the most common of these gazillion impacts and the typical injuries they cause. Read More.

4/28/03 Chiropractic on the Front Line in Baghdad: Lt. Col. Mark Losack, USMC

The sun descends on the horizon 10 miles south of Baghdad; a chiropractor wearing protective gear is performing an adjustment on a fellow Marine when gunfire erupts - adjustment over. It is the end of another day for Lieutenant Colonel Mark Losack, DC, stationed with more than 150 fellow troops as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Read More.

4/9/03 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga, retired insurance executive - AFTER THE ACCIDENT - YOUR CLAIM FOR LOST WAGES

Now, after a fairly long recovery period, Fuddle’s carrier, Granite Mountain Insurance is clamoring to close the case and they've assigned Claims Adjuster I. M. Strong, to handle your claim. You and Strong are sitting at your kitchen table talking about your settlement dollars. It turns out he’s got some hang-up’s regarding your lost income. Well, here are some things you need to know... Read more.

Chiropractic Recognized by Orthopedics Today

The February 2003 issue of the magazine dedicated to "current news in musculoskeletal health & disease" featured an article entitled, "Time to Recognize Value of Chiropractic Care? Science and Patient Satisfaction Surveys Cite Usefulness of Spinal Manipulation."

The article includes powerful commentary in support of spinal manipulation from Scott Haldeman, DC, MD, PhD, co-author of the Mercy Guidelines and several studies on the safety of spinal manipulation; Jack Zigler, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon with the Texas Back Institute; and Andrew Cole, MD, associate clinical professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington and recent past president of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation... Read more.

3/20/2003 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga - HOW TO NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT

DISCLAIMER: The only purpose of this claim tip HOW TO NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT WITH THE CLAIMS ADJUSTER is to help people understand the motor vehicle accident claim process. Neither Dan Baldyga, Dr. George Langlitz III, nor PhysiciansPlus.Net make any guarantee of any kind whosoever; NOR to substitute for a lawyer, an insurance adjuster, or claims consultant, or the like. Where such professional help is desired it is the INDIVIDUAL’S RESPONSIBILITY to obtain said services. ...Read on.

1/11/2003 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga - SPECIAL FOR PHYSICIANS PLUS READERS

I've recently been asked by several readers of  how they can be positive they really got all the money due them by the insurance company?  I'm absolutely confident that BASE (The Baldyga Auto Accident Settlement Evaluation) Formula, found in his book, will provide them with the info they need, however to answer these readers please allow me to make this suggestion...Read on.

12/30/2002 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga - DEALING WITH HENRY THE HARD-NOSE - THE TYPICAL INSURANCE ADJUSTOR

Most adjusters function like Henry Hard-Nose of Rock Solid Insurance Corporation. They’re thick skinned and difficult to deal with. Below is a typical verbal exchange a month or so after you and Hard-Nose had previously met in an attempt to settle. At that time he had taken the position that the injury to your shoulder was not as serious as your Chiropractors Medical Report stated it was. (Question: Do they fight what they wrote in that report? Answer: Yes, absolutely! Take it from Dan, who was on that firing line for over 35 years). The following is a typical verbal settlement exchange after your last meeting had ended “up in the air” - - slowing floating around in outer space. Read on.

11/30/2002 Featured Columnist, Dan Baldyga - INSURANCE CLAIM INSIGHTS

There are DOZENS of insurance claim possibilities which will increase the dollars awarded you in the settlement of your personal injury insurance claim. Some of them rarely see the light of day but some do. The six I’ve listed below are crucial for you to be aware of as you prepare to go to war with Adjuster I.M. Smart of Granite Mountain Insurance regarding the value of your loss. Read on.

11/25/2002. Chiropractic for Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder?

Much controversy surrounds using mediations to control hyperactive children. Prescriptions for antidepressant medications for children and teenagers rose substantially during the 1990s, US researchers have found. Research suggests that chiropractic manipulation has the potential to become an important nondrug intervention for children with hyperactivity and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder).

11/19/2002. Mass Health to end Chiropractic Benefits.

As of January 1st, 2003, access to services provided by chiropractors will end. We are still participating in most major health plans however.

Check That Health Plan

Now is the season to carefully look over new plans with your company. Make sure that chiropractic benefits are included!  More importantly, make sure we are on their list.  If not, you can e-mail us for a sample letter to send to the HMO/PPO. We also have one available for your Health & Human Resources Dept to send on your behalf.

11/15/2002. Major Revision.

Physicians Plus site overhaul is finally complete.  We have some new photos up of the office.  Besides the new graphical interface, revisions to every page have been completed in accordance with some newer research and of course, our staff resumes. We will have additional updates in the coming days, so stay tuned.

11/11/2002. Pediatric Association to Study ADHD

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has announced a study to investigate chiropractic adjustments and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Approximately 1,000 children in Michigan, Georgia, Massachusetts and Canada will participate in the study, which is scheduled to begin this month.

Children medically diagnosed with ADHD will be considered for the study. Before being admitted to the study, children will be screened to determine the severity of their ADHD teacher who instigates care for a child, said Ronald Adams, DC, of Jackson, Michigan, one of the doctors taking part in the program. "They see a side of the child that the parents don't necessarily see at home."

Two thirds of the children will receive chiropractic adjustments; the other one third will be assigned to a control group and will receive sham adjustments.

The study will last 90 days. The children will continue to be supervised by their regular physicians and take their normal medication.

For additional research regarding children, visit http://www.icpa4kids.com

9/11/2002 Unhappy about Antidepressants:

Prescriptions for antidepressant medications tripled in the U.S. between 1988 and 1998. Antidepressants are used to treat a wide range of disorders in adults - and children, despite few studies that support their safe and effective use in younger individuals.

To determine trends in antidepressant use in children and adolescents from 1988-1994, the authors of this study in the journal Pediatrics reviewed the records of over 800,000 youths in three health organizations: a group health maintenance organization (HMO) in the northwestern U.S.; Midwestern Medicaid (MWM); and Mid-Atlantic Medicaid (MAM). In the 2- to 19-year-old children, antidepressant use was defined as a prescription claim for the drugs during the previous year.

Information gathered from all three organizations showed an increase in antidepressant treatment. Over the seven-year period, the HMO, MWM, and MAM saw increases in pediatric antidepressant prescriptions of 3.6 times, 2.9 times, and 4.6 times, respectively. Over half of the antidepressant prescriptions in this period were prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Use of antidepressants was highest in boys in the 10- to 14-year-old range and girls in the 15- to 19-year-old range.

Avoid any medication that hasn't been clearly proven to be safe and effective, and always talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks before filling a prescription.

Reference:

Zito JM, Safer DJ, dosReis S, et al. Rising prevalence of antidepressants among US youths. Pediatrics 2002:109(5), pp. 721-727.

For more consumer safety information, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/find/archives/general/consumer/index.html.

01/24/2002. President Bush Signs Historic Chiropractic Veterans Legislation into Law. 

legislation late last night mandating the establishment of a permanent chiropractic benefit within the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) health care system. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is hailing the new law (Public Law 107-135) as not only an enormous triumph for the profession but also proof of the powerful role chiropractic plays on Capitol Hill and in the nation's health care system.
"This profession has been fighting to make this law a reality for 65 years. It is just tremendous to finally see it happen," said ACA Chairman James Edwards, DC.

10/31/2000. Mandated chiropractic care for all active duty personnel in the United States armed forces.

President Clinton Signs into Law Permanent Chiropractic Benefit for Military.  Washington, D.C.-Culminating nearly a decade of joint lobbying efforts by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), President Bill Clinton yesterday signed into law historic legislation mandating that chiropractic care be made available to all active duty personnel in the United States armed forces.

Chronology of Chiropractors in the Military [ 4,658k pdf file* ]

10/2000 Physicians Plus WINS!

Our newly renovated site is once again recognized as one of  the best individual chiropractic websites on the World Wide Web, earning the prestigious Chiromaster 2000 award.

7/2000 New web design and office renovation.

10/1999 Langlitz Chiropractic recognized  for outstanding design in Chiromaster 99 with best splash page.

10/1998 Need a break?  Feeling tense in front of the monitor? Relaxation response technique was added to the news section.

7-28-98  Added new Carpal Tunnel Report
5-7-98
Our patient newsletter, Health Trax© Click here to sign up for a free monthly newsletter.
3-12-98 Added Massage Therapy section - This section is dedicated to Hope Ann and Jasmine LeAnn Parrish
3-12-98 --Updated Sports Injury section.
3-12-98 --Added Physicians - Chiropractors are 'real doctors' and Dr. George Langlitz Jr. fought for and won this recognition in the state of Massachusetts.
3-9-98 -- Added Letters from the Web - Page devoted to questions and answers from our visitors.
3-7-98 -- Added MVA Accident Form -  A Free downloadable and printable action plan in case of an auto accident and/or emergency that can be place in the glove box.
3-6-98 -- Added Vitruvian Man.
3-1-98 -- Added frames page for capable browsers.
1-19-98 -- Air Bag On-Off Switches summary. As many sources are already aware, air bags pose a threat in Low Speed Rear Impact Collisions (LOSRIC). This information was copied from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Testing shows what can happen to a short female driver if the driver air bag is turned off. To view an AVI video clip of the actual testing, click here.
1-19-98 Added Why Choose Us? link to main page
1-19-98 Added How We're Different
1-18-98 -- Added WHIPLASH page
1-16-98 -- Revised area map in Location & Directions
1-16-98 -- Updated Links Page
1-10-98 -- Added Meet your Doctors
1-10-98 -- Added Western Mass.Com
12-18-97 -- Zinc Lozenges cure the common cold ?
1996 -- Established Web Presence.



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