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Christopher Chalk, DC, MPH
Freelance Medical Writer
Roscoe, IL

About Christopher Chalk, DC, MPH

Dr. Christopher Chalk is a freelance medical writer with Nascent Medical, LLC. Dr. Chalk has experience writing medical news and health articles for consumer, orthopaedic and neurosurgical physician audiences.

He is a clinician with more than 20 years of experience as a Chiropractic internist. Dr. Chalk has a Masters' degree in Public Health, specifically in epidemiology and biostatistics. Furthermore, he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Dr. Chalk has a good understanding of internal disorders, including nutritional, cardiovascular, primary care, diabetes, rheumatology, orthopaedics, neurology, immunology, infectious disease, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and sports medicine. His experience extends into the field of regulatory writing and clinical evaluation reports, as well as quality control.

Dr. Chalk is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and American Publish Health Association.

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Chalk CS, Chalk AJ. Probiotics and allergy: Current understanding and application for the PCCP (Primary Care Chiropractic Physician). Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. 2003, Volume 2, Issue 4, pages 131-133.

Dredske L, Chalk C, Brady M, Khare M, Hawkins A, Sajjadi A. Making the case for use of fmCASES: virtual patient cases in a 6-week family medicine clerkship. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL.

Articles Written by Christopher Chalk, DC, MPH

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

The last 20 years have seen an explosion in the use of metal or hard plastic instruments to assess and treat soft-tissue injuries, such as in IASTM.

Lumbar Herniated Discs: Diagnostic and Treatment Decision-Making

Richard Deyo, MD and Sohail Mirza, MD discuss the current research on lumbar herniated discs, including diagnostic pearls along with the most efficacious treatment options and guidelines.

Axial Spondyloarthritis: Are We Missing the Diagnosis?

Providers who treat back pain often lack a clear understanding of the presentation, diagnostic workup and treatment options for axial spondyloarthritis.

Novel Scoring System Predicts Complications Post Spinal Fusion

A novel simple-to-use scoring system that can postoperatively predict which patients are at a higher risk for major complications from spinal fusion was published in The Spine Journal.

Do Spinal Injections in the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease offer Value?

The 2015 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Assessment, although highly rigorous, may not be truly reflective of the entire evidence base regarding injections.

What You Should Know About Sciatica and Nonsurgical Treatment

Two doctors explain sciatica causes and nonsurgical treatments to reduce low back pain, leg pain and other and sciatic symptoms.

Preoperative MRSA Screening May Reduce Surgical Site Infections

Preoperative nasal swab MRSA screening may be helpful in reducing surgical site infections when used within a multimodal approach. This is according to a recent study published in Spine Deformity.

Infliximab Plus Naproxen Attains 70% Partial Remission in AS

Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) who were given infliximab and naproxen achieved a 70.5% partial remission rate in a post hoc analysis of the Infliximab as First Line Therapy in Patients with Early Active Axial Spondyloarthritis Trial.

Comorbidity Burden Associated With Poor Outcomes in Atlantoaxial Fusion

Age and comorbidity burden are associated with higher rates of postsurgical mortality and longer lengths of in-hospital stay after atlantoaxial fusion, according to findings from a large retrospective study.

MRI Findings Not Helpful in Determining Herniated Disc-Related Sciatica Treatment

New research finds that MRI has no value in the decision making between early surgery and prolonged conservative care.

Paradigm Shift in Adult Spinal Deformity

The severity of sagittal plane deformity drives pain, disability, and surgical outcomes. This is according to a new paper from the Scoliosis Research Society recently published in Spine Deformity.

MIS for the Spine Improves Deformity with Fewer Intraoperative Complications and Lower Costs

Minimally invasive spine surgery improved deformity and is associated with fewer intraoperative complications and lower costs.

What Spine Specialists Need to Know About MACRA

MACRA was written to measure quality improvements in patient outcomes. Unfortunately, many of the measures proposed do not apply to specialists.

Adding Value to the Conservative Management of Degenerative Disc

Physicians who incorporate the biopsychosocial model can add value to the management and treatment of patients who have degenerative disc disease.

Pain Relief and Healing with Laser Therapy

High-power lasers are typically found in physical therapy clinics and chiropractic offices.....

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