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Sensitization (Part 1): Characteristics and Implications

Practitioners use symptoms to guide clinical evaluation and treatment. For example, chest pain on exertion suggests possible need for cardiac evaluation. Pain is a symptom we are trained to explore by asking questions such as, “How severe is your pain?” and “Where is the pain located?” We ask these questions because the answers help point us in the direction of a diagnosis. However, pain symptoms are sometimes unreliable. For people experiencing chronic pain, symptom characteristics may not match patterns found in acute cases. The physiological basis for this alternate pain experience can be the result of peripheral or central sensitization. 

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Engage 2020 Conference Daily: Saturday, Feb. 1

The Engage 2020 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: the McAndrews Leadership Lecture, presentation of the Chiropractor of the Year Award and other award winners.

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Engage 2020 Conference Daily: Friday, Jan. 31

The Engage 2020 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: the House of Delegates meeting, Board of Governors and other leadership elections, Annual Awards, and more. 

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Engage 2020 Conference Daily: Thursday, Jan. 30

The Engage 2020 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: the Advocacy Day Kick-Off event, the ACA-PAC Bulldog Award and the Congressional Reception.

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Engage 2020 Conference Daily: Wednesday, Jan. 29

The Engage 2020 Conference Daily brings you information and announcements to help maximize the ACA Engage experience, as well as news and highlights from the day's events. In this issue: A message from the ACA president and coverage of the SACA Welcome Meeting. 

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Reflecting on the Past Year

ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, offers his reflections on the past year, including a review of progress on key initiatives. "Over the past 12 months, I have had the honor of serving as ACA president and with that the privilege of meeting many ACA members," he writes. "Through our collective efforts as an association, I’m pleased to report that our voice is stronger than ever, thanks in large part to the overall health of ACA and because of the real progress we have made."

Author: Robert Jones
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Top 10 ACA Blog Posts of 2019

Our review of the top 10 blog posts on ACA Blogs in 2019 provides plenty of evidence that readers are most interested in topics that will help them better care for their patients as well as information on new developments in health care policy. Thanks to all who engaged with ACA Blogs over the past year. If you missed any of our top 10 posts of the year, here we provide a list so you can catch up! 

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Postdoctoral Training Programs

Chiropractors Pursue Advanced Training Through Innovative New Programs

Postdoctoral training programs are very common in the sciences and healthcare disciplines. They typically focus on developing skills and experience in areas outside the realm of patient care, such as research, health policy, health administration and teaching, among others. Expanding the number of early-career chiropractors engaging in various postdoctoral training programs is an important underpinning for the continued development of the profession. Meet five doctors of chiropractic who have completed or are currently in one of four different, but related postdoctoral programs conducted by a Yale School of Medicine/VA Connecticut partnership

Author: Vivian Ly
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VA Clerkship vs. VA Residency: What Do I Need to Know?

As a resident at the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System, students and new graduates alike frequently ask me about my experience as a resident and how it varied from my time as a student clerk at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. To help provide a better perspective on the two types of positions, I’ve invited three New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) students who are currently finishing their clerkships at the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System to reflect on their experience. In addition, I have provided a brief description of the two positions.

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Opioids: ACA Is a Trusted Resource in Advocacy Circles for Information on Non-drug Approaches

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has long been a partner in the fight against opioid misuse by promoting and encouraging the utilization of safe, effective and proven non-drug approaches to pain management, such as chiropractic care. Recently, ACA has joined with national coalitions to promote chiropractic care as a viable, widely available and effective tool to the millions of Americans who experience chronic and acute pain each year. 

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