Iris City Chiropractic Center, P.C.

Robert A. Hayden, D.C., PhD, F.I.C.C. (770) 412-0005

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Clinic Hours:  Monday--Friday  08:30--5:00 Eastern Time
Drug screens:  If results are needed as soon as possible, we need specimens by 3:30 pm to make it to the Fed Ex courier.  Specimens collected after that time will go out the next day.
Physicals:  We do physicals (DOT, pre-employment) during the same hours the clinic is open, but call to be sure Dr. Hayden is in clinic when you need your exam done.

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Bob Hayden_2office exterior_2The Iris City Chiropractic Center was founded on 23 October 95 by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD. While primarily a chiropractic clinic, the center also offers massage therapy, custom orthotics, and bone density testing. The occupational health portion of the practice serves many employers with DOT and pre-employment physicals, a full range of drug and alcohol testing, and random drug testing to facilitate compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace initiative of the Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Hayden began work in health care as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, but also was an Executive Director of a state association, continuing education consultant, and registered lobbyist while in professional nursing. He earned a PhD from the University of Mississippi while enrolled at Life University, from which he graduated in 1995. He specializes in Cox Flexion Distraction/Disc Decompression technique.

Dr. Hayden is an active member of the American Chiropractic Association. He serves as a member of the Media Team, through which he is a spokesman for the Association to television, radio, and printed media.

Dr. Hayden is the immediate past president of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. He is a current member of the Executive Committee and was recognized as the 2006-2007 Chiropractor of the Year. He was inducted in 2009 as a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractic, which is the highest international honor the chiropractic profession has to offer.

In February, 2012, he was honored with a Presidential Leadership Award by Dr. Keith Overland, President of the American Chiropractic Association, for his work as the ACA Delegate from Georgia.

Educational News Blog

We recommend educating yourself as much as possible about your health and wellness. Here are a few articles written by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC. But by all means continue your education beyond what you find here.

Find Your Game

JoggingAs you might imagine, we see a lot of athletes in the practice. They play baseball, football, basketball, tennis, cross-country, and other team sports. We have many who are engaged in personal fitness, such as jogging, weight training, and CrossFit. There is always a chance for injury, and my task is to assess each situation individually for the cause of the problem and treated appropriately. Often my charge is to also treat quickly because a team has an upcoming need for a particular athlete. No pressure, right?

"Finding your game" is what happens when you achieve optimum function at any level of fitness. I take particular pleasure in helping senior athletes maintain optimum function so that they can enjoy life as they should in the golden years, whether that means playing golf or tossing grandchildren into the air to hear them laugh.

When athletes and weekend warriors are injured, they may try to play through pain, hoping a painful elbow or low back will get better by itself. As a rule of thumb, the earlier a musculoskeletal injury is assessed and treated, the sooner healing can begin. An untreated injury can easily slide from "acute" into "sub-acute," and even into "chronic." Each phase has its own characteristics and challenges.

The acute phase lasts from 48 to 72 hours after injury. This phase is characterized by pain, inflammation, loss of range of motion, increased temperature around the injury and swelling. It is very helpful if I can get to a patient at this point of an injury. Early intervention may translate into shorter duration of loss of function. By the way, we typically use ice to reduce swelling at this phase of the injury, not heat, which could increase swelling.

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When Is Spinal Surgery Really Necessary?

The last two decades have shown such a tremendous growth in the rate of spinal surgeries that even spinal surgeons have called for a reevaluation of the criteria for these ultimate interventions.  You may have also heard in the news that the number of people on disability in America is unreasonably high at nearly 50,000,000.

I referred to surgery as an “ultimate” because surgery should always be a last resort, never a first resort. You might be shocked at the number of times I find out that patients were referred to surgeons without first being referred to in a conservative option to see if the problem can be resolved nonsurgically.  The “surgery first” approach is a violation of the standard of care, if not a violation of the patients themselves.

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Back to Washington

I have just returned from my annual trip to Washington, DC to talk with legislators about healthcare issues. Specifically, we petitioned Congress about our veterans and their need for care in the Veterans Administration medical centers. Most of the injuries in our veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan are musculoskeletal, related to carrying 60 pounds of gear. Congress mandated chiropractic care in the veterans administration 12 years ago, but the VA has been an unresponsive bureaucracy thwarting the will of Congress.

The other major issue that we addressed is called the “sustainable growth rate” for Medicare. Essentially, unless Congress takes action, Medicare reimbursement will drop 27%. Congress likes to kick cans down the road instead of enacting permanent repairs for situations like this. If these drastic cuts happen, if you are on Medicare and do not already have a physician, chances are you will not get one because physicians will not be able to afford to take Medicare at all and stay in business.

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From the Heart

February is HEART Month. Maybe that is because Valentine's Day is in the middle of it, but the American Heart Association wants to remind you that heart disease is still the number one killer and consumer of nearly $313 billion per year. I always knew that affairs of the heart can be dangerous and expensive.

Let's review a few things that you need to do to take care of yourself. Prevention is more efficient and less expensive than treatment.

First, eat sensibly. Research and experience both support eating six small servings per day as a way of maintaining your metabolism and controlling your weight. Avoid excess salt and watch her cholesterol intake. Fiber will help in a number of ways, including elimination of excess cholesterol.

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Conquering the Cough

Conquering the Cough
Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC

Question:  A recent upper respiratory illness has left me with a residual cough.  I have not had any fever for the last two weeks, but the cough really bothers me. It makes me sound sick and keeps me awake at night as well. What can I do to make sure this does not progress to pneumonia?

Coughing is a lifesaving reflex in which the body is trying to cleanse its airway. It is associated with everything from upper respiratory infections and postnasal drip to bronchitis.  At this time of the year, especially with the wild fluctuations in Griffin’s temperature, we can be concerned about any respiratory illness, especially among the elderly or those whose immune systems may be compromised by other conditions.

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Worried About Health Care? Lighten Up!

The new year is here, and with it comes a new set of concerns.   Many of us have lost our health care benefits as a result of Obamacare.  Millions more will lose health benefits this year as the hidden realities of this atrocious law unfolds. Even as it happens, doctors and hospitals announce that they will not participate in Obamacare policies, confirming the falsehood of “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”  Medicare patients are not exempt, as that program was ravaged to pay for Obamacare.  There are so many worries and concerns!

If you attempt to enroll in an Obamacare policy on the ill-fated website, you risk identity theft with significant exposure to hackers. If you attempt to enroll on paper, you must deal with known criminals (SERCO) who have defrauded the British government for the same services.  If you decide that you don’t want any part of this nightmare, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will come after you with a fine, or a tax, depending on the political persuasion of the observer.  Of course, if you protest the actions of the IRS, you may be targeted with an audit.

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