Professional Development - American Chiropractic Association

Psychological, Social Factors in Chronic Pain: The Impact on Chiropractic Patients

The current opioid epidemic in the United States brings long overdue attention to nonpharmacological approaches to managing pain.  Among the recommended therapies for low back pain by the American College of Physicians, for example, are spinal manipulation, acupuncture, yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy.  While it may be clear why body-based therapies were recommended, the inclusion of a psychological approach, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, may raise some eyebrows. Researchers Margaret Chesney, PhD, and Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, explore how psychological factors play a role in the experience of chronic pain as well as what patients and their providers should know.

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Top 10 ACA Blog Posts of 2018

Thanks to all who have engaged with ACA Blogs over the past year. ACA Blogs featured just under 90 blog posts in 2018, written by a variety of different authors within the chiropractic profession, each with unique ideas and experiences. We were curious to see which topics were most popular among our readers, so we did some digging and gathered our most viewed blog posts from 2018, just in case you missed any of them the first time around.

Author: Sienna Shoup
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Know Thyself: Questions for Those Considering a VA Residency

I am often asked by other providers and veterans why I chose to continue my clinical and professional chiropractic education within the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system. As the largest healthcare system in the U.S., opportunities for professional growth within the VA are endless. As a new practitioner, VA is a great place to expand your comfort zone, gain experience in integrative care, grow confidence in complex and chronic health conditions, and gain exposure to a variety of clinical settings, as well as didactic and research opportunities.

Author: Jamie Zeman
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Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Dr. John S. Stites

ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, brings you cutting-edge, evidence-based education sessions featuring some of the chiropractic profession’s most respected thought leaders and content experts. Many sessions also offer continuing education credits. Here we pose questions to one of the presenters: John S. Stites, DC, DACBR, DACO, professor and director of community clinics, Palmer College of Chiropractic. His presentation is titled, “Rational Clinical Decisions: The Diagnostic Aspect of Evidence Based Clinical Practice.”

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Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Dr. David J. BenEliyahu

ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, brings you cutting-edge, evidence-based education sessions featuring some of the chiropractic profession’s most respected thought leaders and content experts. Many sessions also offer continuing education credits. Here we pose questions to one of the presenters: David J. BenEliyahu, DC, who serves as the administrative director of the Back and Neck Pain Center at Mather Hospital/Northwell in Port Jefferson, N.Y. His presentation is titled, “An Interprofessional Collaboration Framework for DCs to Enhance Population Spine Health in Private Practice, Local Hospitals, and the Local Community.”

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Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Dr. Robert G. Silverman

ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, brings you cutting-edge, evidence-based education sessions featuring some of the chiropractic profession’s most respected thought leaders and content experts. Many sessions also offer continuing education credits. Here we pose questions to one of the presenters: Robert G. Silverman, DC, MS, DABCN, DCBCN, a certified expert in sports injuries and nutrition. His presentation is titled, “21st Century Approach to Musculoskeletal Conditions—The Gut-Joint Connection.”

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Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Drs. N. Ray Tuck, Jr., Lee Matthis and A.J. LaBarbera

ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, brings you cutting-edge, evidence-based education sessions featuring some of the chiropractic profession’s most respected thought leaders and content experts. Many sessions also offer continuing education credits. Here we pose questions to presenter N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC (pictured), who runs a multi-clinic system in Virginia, along with his co-presenters Lee Matthis, DC and A.J. LaBarbera, DC. Their presentation is, “Measuring Success in a Patient-Centered Chiropractic Office.”

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Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Dr. Elise G. Hewitt

ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, brings you cutting-edge, evidence-based education sessions featuring some of the chiropractic profession’s most respected thought leaders and content experts. Many sessions also offer continuing education credits. Here we pose questions to one of the presenters: Elise G. Hewitt, DC, DICCP, FICC. Her presentation is, “Pediatrics for the Doctor of Chiropractic: General Physical Examination for the Young Pediatric Patient including Newborn Neurological Examination.”

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A Tale of Two Dentists

Reflections on Choosing Wisely During a Trip to the Dentist

Meeting over coffee recently, Drs. Christine Goertz and Michele Maiers discovered that each had recently been to the dentist. After comparing notes, they agreed that their dentists were both professional, friendly, conducted a thorough patient history, and performed an appropriate examination. Then both dentists wanted to take intraoral X-rays as part of the examination process. Armed with the evidence and knowledge about current American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines, the chiropractors declined the X-rays, based primarily upon concerns about unnecessary exposure to radiation and cost. From that point on, their experiences became very different.

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Q&A with NCLC 2019 Presenters: Dr. Steven Huybrecht

ACA’s annual meeting, the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference, brings you cutting-edge, evidence-based education sessions featuring some of the chiropractic profession’s most respected thought leaders and content experts. Many sessions also offer continuing education credits. Here we pose questions to one of the presenters: Steven Huybrecht, DC, former participant in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chiropractic residency program. His presentation is, “Building Interprofessional Relationships: Enhancing Patient Care through Integration.”

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