Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report attracted the attention of Young Chiropractic as it details the current status of spinal manipulation delivery. Your Easley chiropractor endeavors to be your spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in Easley.
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older. They meet spine issues like back pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What’s the first line of treatment suggested? Spinal manipulation. Which profession historically provides the majority of spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy did so more heavily in its early professional years. Some massage therapists and physical therapists are today. Chiropractors remain most commonly recognized for their delivery of spinal manipulation. Medicare sees it as well. A recent study of the clinicians who deliver spinal manipulation tried to discover more about this since spinal manipulation was a suggested first-line treatment for low back pain. They found that 97% to 98% of the spinal manipulation providers were chiropractors. They treated anywhere from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in one state to 260 out of 100,000 in another state. Not every location has enough chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers care for 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are sought. Unfortunately, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors declined from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other types of clinicians who deliver spinal manipulation increased from 700 to 1441. Even though chiropractors are the majority of spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the overall supply of them is decreasing while the supply of non-chiropractors offering spinal manipulation is growing. (1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox recalls Dr. Joseph Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and organizer of the Council for Chiropractic Education which established federal accreditation for chiropractic, always reminded the “young doctors” - as he called the chiropractic students he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOLS
Chiropractic schools strive to incorporate evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of chiropractors of the future. A recent survey of faculty at a chiropractic school found that 81% of them were trained in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty agreed that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator (52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to be instructed via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of the survey responders considered preclinical technique courses were a beneficial idea. 81% reported that they thought elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Surely, exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is important to establish a future chiropractor’s foundation for a productive clinical practice in terms of relieving the pain of spine pain patients. Grounding the choice of which techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have the best evidence behind them is key. Young Chiropractic welcomes all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox® Technic delivered in this Easley chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she explains how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped reduce low back pain for this military veteran.
Schedule your next Easley chiropractic appointment with Young Chiropractic soon. Entrust your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at Young Chiropractic who delivers spinal manipulation every day, keeps track of the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and pain alleviating treatment based on research evidence. We look forward to seeing you!