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ACA’s Legislative Priorities for the 115th Congress

With the new year and the second session of the 115th Congress now underway, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is ready to tackle several important legislative issues on behalf of chiropractors and their patients nationwide. From Medicare equality to health care reform and more, learn which topics ACA will put at the forefront of its advocacy efforts.

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NCLC General Session: Essential Role of Chiropractors in Primary Care

Speaker Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, to share insights into how chiropractors make an impact at community health centers.

Margaret Flinter recalls how she and colleague James Lehman, DC, together realized the significant impact chiropractors could make in the community health setting: "As the epidemic of opioid use and addiction took hold in our state and country, we grappled with the need to study, identify and implement new ways to approach pain in its acute and chronic forms. We [began] to consider whether the formal integration of chiropractors in primary careparticularly in what we call 

'safety net settings' such as community health centers that serve 24 million people across the countrywould be an effective and perhaps transformative strategy. And it has been." 

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The History of the ACA Sports Council Hall of Fame

Dr. Ira Shapiro Becomes 11th Honoree in Organization’s 45-Year History

For only the 11th time in the past 45 years, the ACA Council on Sports Injuries and Physical Fitness (the Sports Council) joined with members and colleagues last fall to name the latest inductee into its Hall of Fame (HOF). Two days of educational sessions, social events and poster presentations were highlighted by the induction of Ira A. Shapiro, DC, who received the HOF distinction during the organization’s 2017 Annual Sports Symposium held in Denver.

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Case Report: A Severe Strain/Sprain and Segmental Dysfunction of the Cervical Spine

*Member-Exclusive Content* This is a case study of a patient with severe cervical sprain/strain and segmental dysfunction following trauma of the cervical and thoracic spine with predisposing multiple levels of disc degeneration and herniation. A 46-year-old male presented himself for examination and treatment. He relayed that the weekend before he had been playing with his nephews in the swimming pool, where they were standing on his shoulders and jumping off into the pool. One of the boys slipped and fell on his head, where he reported that he heard several cracking noises and immediately felt pain in his neck. He had severe muscle spasms from the back of his head down to the middle of his shoulder blades. He could not turn his head to the left, right, nor up or down. He reported the pain worsened upon standing and eating.

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Author: James Cox
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Grilled Cheese, Candles, Beer...and Leadership?

Dr. Stephen Perle to deliver the prestigious McAndrews Leadership Lecture at NCLC 2018

While the content of Dr. Stephen Perle’s 2018 McAndrews Leadership Lecture has been intentionally kept under wraps, the title, “Grilled Cheese, Candles and Beer,” has raised a lot of questions (and a few eyebrows, frankly). In this Q&A with Dr. Perle, a respected academic and researcher, ACA Blogs tries to find some answers. To get the whole story, plan on attending the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference in person to hear Dr. Perle’s presentation on Saturday, March 3. 

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How to Apply for a Chiropractic Residency in the VA (Part 3): The Interview

*Member-Exclusive Content* How many of you experienced goosebumps, tachycardia and/or sweaty palms…just from reading the title of this post? If you’re anything like me, the prospect of interviewing with some of the greatest minds in our profession is anxiety provoking in and of itself. Actually getting an interview is…full-on panic. Just kidding (sort of)! In all seriousness, to be granted an interview is a huge accomplishment. The application process is intense and highly competitive. Pat yourself on the back, then get down to business.

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Author: Rachel Clark
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Q&A with NCLC 2018 Presenters: Dr. Charles A. Simpson

Ethics and evidence-based practice are "inextricably" linked, according to Charles A Simpson, DC, DABCO, a presenter at the 2018 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC). Over his 40-plus year career in chiropractic and through his work as a health care workforce regulator, Dr. Simpson has witnessed ethical highs and lows among health care providers of all types. His experience has left him with keen insights into how to run a practice ethically as well as successfully.

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Research Review: Clinical Practice Guideline: Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain

It is now well known that low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide and that chiropractors can play a pivotal role in the management of this condition. However, the chiropractic profession can achieve wider acceptance and improved cultural authority, particularly within integrated health care delivery systems, by embracing and integrating current scientific research into our approach to evidence-based health care. It is in this context that this Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) was developed. The aim of this systematic review was to update and combine three previously published clinical guidelines, while answering this question: “What is the effectiveness of chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation (SMT), for nonspecific low back pain?” 

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How to Apply for a Chiropractic Residency in the VA (Part 2)

Part two of a series on the chiropractic residency program in the VA health care system

*Member-Exclusive Content* This post will discuss the curriculum vitae (CV) and letters of recommendation that will accompany your application for a Veterans Affairs (VA) chiropractic residency. Both documents can be heavily weighted in the selection process. The CV gives the selection committee a snapshot of your educational background, clinical experience and extracurricular participation. The letters of recommendation will provide insight into how your superiors perceive you and how you work within a clinical setting.


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Federal Tax Bill Contains Language Pertinent to DCs, Chiropractic Students

*Member-Exclusive Content* The federal tax bill approved by Congress today—and on its way now to the president's desk for his signature—contains several provisions that may affect chiropractic clinics and chiropractic students. Among the massive rework of the federal tax code is language that deals with “pass through” business tax, student loans and changes to the Affordable Care Act.

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