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Millville Chiropractic Care Instead of an Emergency Room Visit and Pain Meds for Back Pain

Emergency room physicians are trying to figure out what is optimal to offer back pain patients who visit the ER for help. It is a quandry for them, particularly since almost 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain go to the emergency room for help annually! (1) Unless there is cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. How best can a Millville ER doc help? How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the Millville chiropractic back pain specialist provide? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER does lots of imaging. One in 3 patients who visit the emergency department for back pain (compared to 1 in 4 who seek care from a primary care physician) has imaging performed: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging recommendations don’t support this as they recommend holding off on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients are telling ER doctors that they have been using such care already? Probably not as only 34% of patients who visit an ER share with the emergency department physician that they get healthcare options like chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. (5) What about the pain?

EMERGENCY ROOM: MEDICATIONS

Relief for the pain is what they focus on. Researchers have looked at all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have prescribed to see what works best. What have they discovered? Stronger pain medication options don’t offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen doesn’t seem to improve function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen within a week after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Mixing ibuprofen and acetaminophen did not reduce pain scores or the need for other analgesic pain meds compared with either ibuprofen or acetaminophen alone for emergency room patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries. (8) As a matter of fact, 48% of back pain patients who go to an emergency room for their back pain still had functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% reported moderate or severe pain. 46% say they’ve used some type of analgesic pain reliever in the day prior. There are short and long-term problems for ER patients with low back pain. (1) This might be frustrating for emergency department physicians and their patients but not typically for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The Millville chiropractic back pain specialist at Wilson Family Chiropractic is prepared with the best of chiropractic care for Millville back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your Millville chiropractor gets it. Skill with chiropractic spinal manipulation via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with the addition of nutrition like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and curcurmin and turmeric supports your Millville chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Millville back pain patients is possible.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael Schneider on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who describes the goal of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to seek out for back pain issues.

CONTACT Wilson Family Chiropractic

Schedule a Millville chiropractic appointment with Wilson Family Chiropractic especially if an emergency department trip hasn’t resulted in the pain relief you hoped. Millville chiropractic care has figured out a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Wilson Family Chiropractic invites Millville back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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