Part of the Evidence in Action series by the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research
The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently released a clinical practice guideline for noninvasive treatments for low back pain. The goal of this guideline is to inform care decisions by systematically evaluating and summarizing available scientific evidence for treating acute, subacute and chronic low back pain. Many treatments used by doctors of chiropractic, such as spinal manipulation, superficial heat, acupuncture, motor control exercise and low level laser are included as recommended first-line treatments.
For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, I will translate; Hello! My name is Bryan Kent, I am a volunteer doctor for World Spine Care in the Dominican Republic! Over the past week, I have had the humbling experience of treating spine pain, among other chief complaints, for the people of the Dominican Republic.
By now you are no doubt familiar with the concept of evidence-based clinical practice (EBCP). But what does that really mean for the doctor of chiropractic? How does one actually implement the “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of an individual patient” when that individual patient is on the adjusting table? It is not that easy, for a number of reasons.
Urge Members of Congress to Support Expanded Access to Chiropractic for Veterans
Readers who follow the American Chiropractic Association know full implementation of the chiropractic benefit in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is one of the premier issues ACA is diligently working to address. Recently, the Senate VA Committee held a hearing on pending health and benefits legislation where it considered several bills, including S. 609, "The Chiropractic Care to All Veterans Act of 2017," which received support from numerous veterans service organizations.
Representatives of ACA and the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative together will present a free webinar on guidelines for whiplash-associated disorders on June 20 at 9 pm ET. Presenters Dr. Andre Bussieres, Dr. Joel Weisberg and Dr. Michele Maiers take a moment to share why the topic is relevant to your practice…and why you won’t want to miss this information-packed webinar.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is seeking interested volunteers to fill a vacant seat on the ACA-Political Action Committee (ACA-PAC) as officer-at-large. ACA-PAC is the voice of the ACA and doctors of chiropractic in the political arena. It consists of ACA chiropractors from across the country who are active members in local and federal politics.
*Member-Exclusive Content* There’s no doubt most all of us will develop some degree of decline in physical and cognitive capacity as we age. As America’s population matures, the need for health and wellness facilities and services will continue to increase. Researchers are studying the mechanisms and resolutions for this decline in mental, physical and cognitive health with growing age. In respect to healthcare providers, the concerning question is: How do we ensure older doctors are competent to treat patients?
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