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Welcome to chirogeek.com, a site created and managed by Douglas M. Gillard, BS, DC. All images on this site are copyright protected and may not be used without written permission from Dr. Gillard. Some images, however, may be purchased.
In attempts to keep my level of function as high as possible and keep my readers informed, I have devoted the last 11 years of my life to researching all conditions that cause spine pain, which include discogenic pain syndrome, internal disc disruption, isolated disc resorption, disc herniation, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondylolysis, spondylolisthesis, facet syndrome, SI syndrome, and piriformis syndrome. In fact, for the past year I have become a professional spine research scientist and work 40 hours a week on spine pain related research here in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Vail, Colorado. I hope that someday I will find them answered to my own chronic leg pain and be able to join my colleagues skiing and hiking in this beautiful terrain.
My level of expertise now extends far beyond my chiropractic training, brief medical school training, and 24 years of clinical experience and through my continued work as the Spine Research Coordinator with the Steadman Philippon Research Institute,the sky is the limit. The orthopedic spine surgeon I work for, Dr. Donald Corenman, M.D., DC, has been most generous to me and taught me a great deal about incredibly complicated cases, which are not seen by many. His diagnostic algorithm is one of the best I've ever seen, which undoubtably is responsible for the surprising success rate he is having with lumbar, thoracic and cervical fusion.
The main purpose of this webpage is for patient education. Study these pages carefully before you speak with that spine specialist, for if you do, you will be able to interact intelligently with the physician and understand what he/she is recommending. In fact, it is fair to say that the information contained in these pages is far beyond the training of general medical practitioners and even most spine surgeons.
If you still have questions and are confused, I am certainly available and offer a "Coaching Service" that will help you through these tough times and help you navigate the complicated waters of choosing the proper medical treatment for your condition.
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3-24-13: reviewed a exciting new technique/paper (intradiscal biacuplasty) for the treatment of chronic lumbar discogenic pain. The paper, which was a randomized placebo-controlled trial (a very rare type of experiment), demonstrated that biacuplasty was statistically significantly better than a placebo (which was a fake intradiscal biacuplasty) as patients in the treatment group were better after the procedure with regard to pain, activities of daily living and disability. Read all about it here.
11-10-12: the "annular tear page" has been fortified with the new image and verbiage to encompass new research.
10-7-12: the "fusion 101" page has been fortified with new research.
9-29-12: a recent client was gracious enough to allow me to use her coaching session webpage as an example of what to expect from such a service. It got some beautiful anatomy on and demonstrate a classic example of symptomatic stenosis with isolated disc resorption. [here]
9-17-12: Using a new file server for those of whom want to upload me their MRI for a Coaching Session [here].
6-17-12: I have completed a better version of my "fusion 101" page [here].
4-21-12:finally, after about a month's work, I'm launching a rough draft of my "Fusion 101" page [here].
4-8-12: Added an example page so folks can see what kind of teaching device I create for patient who want a coaching session. [here] If you would like to speak with me about your pain and what to do, learn about that service here.
3-23-12: Made a long overdue -- and very informative I might add -- open / microdiscectomy page [here].
3-18-12: Made a new page on the different minimally invasive procedures geared to treat small contained disc herniations [here].
3-13-12: I'm taking the job as a spine research scientist for a very prestigious medical clinic in Vail Colorado [here].
3-13-12: I'm now offering, once again, my skills as a seasoned medical-legal report writer.
3-4-12: New Page (lot of work on this one) on a minimally invasive treatment for those pesky small contained disc herniations: Nucleoplasty.
2-29-12: I completed my page on automated percutaneous lumbar discectomy (APLD), which is the most commonly performed minimally invasive form of discectomy to date. May work, but only for a very narrow window of patients. [here]
2-28-12: got my California Chiropractic license back today. I can call myself a doctor once again! Not sure what good that's going to do in Florida, but it's always good to be licensed. Make sure you check out the Research Corner. I've published two rows + of new important studies.
2-20-12: I published a new Discography Page [Here].
2-3-12: I feel like I have just given birth. After five straight days of work, I have just published a page dedicated to one of the best research papers I have ever read. This paper was devoted to reassessing the safety and efficacy of the newly FDA approved cervical artificial discs. It's a must read for any patient considering undergoing the traditional anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF). It is my layperson opinion, that for a select group of patients, cervical artificial disc is the way to go (it is rare for me to jump on the bandwagon with regard to spinal procedures, but this is an exception--there has been the changing of the guard. [Here]
1-24-12: I discovered a paper worthy of making the research corner. Read about a randomized controlled trial that pitted ACDF against an Endoscopic procedure. [Here]
1-16-12: new research papers reviewed and added to the current research page.
11-30-11: Got a new MRI today. See my diary for the details.
10-11-09: I've updated the Annular Tear Page.
09-25-09: The Mini-Consult! By popular demand, I'm going to offer a mini-consultation in which I'll spend 15-20 minutes on the phone with you and even review your MRI images in attempts to identify your problem and formulate a plan of attack for recovery. I'm not sure how it's going to work out (patients typically spend 50-60 minutes with me on the phone) but I've gotten so much e-mail requesting this, I'll give it a try.
I've also updated the Current Research Page with a few interesting new (2009) investigations one of which demonstrates that the mind is a power force in the process of recovery from surgery!!
01-28-09: Damn, another Injury!
10-06-08: I've updated my Current Research Page with 4 new research investigation that caught my eye.
10-06-08: Its been a while. Back's doing great, my sciatica's long gone and I've applied to many Osteopathic Schools in hopes of starting a new and exciting career change--the MCAT is my only hurdle, which I just took last month and am awaiting the what I believe to be bad new--notwithstanding my modern G.P.A. of 3.6, I need a good year to prepare for that damn test; a year that this 48-year-old doesn't have. I've also updated my history page to included my latest condition and story. Doug's Story.
07-01-07: A lot of new spinal research updates have been added to the Current Research Page.
06-21-07: PayPal has been added to my services page in order to facilitate the growing number of phone consultations. Now you can use your credit card to speak to me. Too, I have added several new investigations to the current research page. I also, finally, completed my BS degree (Applied Biology), which I need to apply for medical school. MCAT preparation with begin this fall.
11-24-06: I've added 6 new, what I consider to be, significant medical investigations published in 2006. None of these bode well for IDET, provocative discography, Infliximab, and even microdiscectomy. See my "Current Research Page" [here]
Also want to thank Ferris State University for inducting me into their prestigious Athletic Hall of Fame. Thank you Ray, Dean, and all the other members of the induction committee; it is truly a great honor.
02-19-06: I've reviewed the Torgerson investigation of 1976. This is one of the few radiographic investigations into the false positive rate of x-ray on DDD, DJD, Spondylolysis, and Spondylolisthesis as the study compared over 100 pain free age-matched folks with over 100 low back pain patients. (here)
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