When back pain comes up (and/or has turned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the question of
which healthcare provider to consult. It is
a valid question! Research maintains that the first healthcare professional
establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain spell.
A new study stated that first-provider chiropractic care was less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Wilson Family Chiropractic delivers individualized treatment plans for Millville
back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Despite the fact that chronic low back
pain is so common in older adults, research just hasn’t
defined what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One review of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults exposed
an extensive list of factors that may contribute (from being
female, obese, anxious, depressed, having fallen,
lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational issues
like having a job for longer than 10 years that required
bending/lifting, etc.) and issues that may prevent chronic low
back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These
researchers, Wilson Family Chiropractic, and our patients would like to know more definitively
what prompts chronic low back pain!
Even more wanted is direction on what to do about it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals
affected the care of back pain. The participants
were queried as to their referrals for particular
complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements,
chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies
(meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians stated
they recommended these approaches when patients requested them. More female than male physicians related
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as justification
for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional troubling
factor for female back pain sufferers is that they are consistently
seen as having greater levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always of concern in our older patients. Wilson Family Chiropractic is always prepared to discuss the benefits
– perceived by patients and verified by
research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare
providers and spine pain patients.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients turned
up this past month emphasizing how important
the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back
pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.),
opioid prescribing, and cost were greater when seeing
certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary
care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing
which provider first was the least expensive without any detrimental effect on diagnosis
or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to
back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Millville chiropractic care
CONTACT Wilson Family Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the positive
outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who got
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had consulted
other healthcare providers.
Make your Millville chiropractic
appointment soon. The question of which healthcare professional
to see arises, remember your