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Dr Armen is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and a Diplomate in Chiropractic Rehabilitation, "So what?"
The C.C.S.P. (Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner/Physician) is a post-graduate specialization. This certification requires the doctor to attend a minimum of 100 class hours of a 120 hour postgraduate CCSP program. Following the completion of these hours, the doctor must take and successfully pass a comprehensive written examination to receive the CCSP certification. Topics include sports injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment, sports psychology principles, athletic training principles, exercise physiology, exercise and fitness concepts, rehabilitative procedures, clinical biomechanics, CPR and emergency procedures, and much more. For more information about the curriculum, please visit www.acbsp.com.
A D.A.C.R.B (Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board) is an even more extensive and arduous program. There are 3 modules that consist of a minimum of one hundred 100 hours, totaling 300 hours. Each module needs to be passed successfully. Success is measured by attendance and grade. Each written exam consists of one hundred (100) items from each module. There is an oral and practical exam. The unwritten exam is a case study in which judgment is applied to performance. There is also a written requirement. This is a case study which must be accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal. Essentially, this program consists of over 300 hours of classroom and online training. Combined with the CCSP, Dr. Armen had spent over 3 years of part-time study to complete these certifications. There is no Chiropractor in the South County with both of these distinctions. There are approximately 20-30 Chiropractors in California who are actively certified. For more information about what it takes to be a DACRB, please visit www.acrb.org.
"So what?" Well, a lot. CCSPs and DACRBs have more education and training on the above subjects and are held to a higher standard than a general Chiropractor. It is like going to a Sports Medicine Physician vs. a Family Practice Physician. A CCSP/DACRB is simply better equipped to prevent, diagnose and treat sports, spinal and extremity injuries and conditions. If you have a sinus condition, would you prefer going to the Family Practice Doc who sees a variety of conditions every day, or the ENT or Allergist who only sees only what you have! Obviously, you would choose the expert. That is the ultimate point. Dr. Armen is an expert in Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation. He is held to a higher standard and offers a higher standard of care.