When back pain comes up (and/or has transitioned into chronic low back pain) so too does the matter of which healthcare provider to consult. It is a valid question! Research states that the first healthcare professional establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain spell. A new study reported that first-provider chiropractic care endedup being less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals. Young Chiropractic delivers individualized treatment plans for Easley 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 described what contributes to it or to its prevention. One analysis of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults uncovered 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 requirements like having a job for longer than 10 years that demanded bending/lifting, etc.) and issues that may prevent chronic low back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These researchers, Young Chiropractic, and our patients would like to know more conclusively what affects chronic low back pain! Even more wanted is guidance on how to manage it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals affected the care of back pain. The participants were questioned 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 reported they recommended these approaches when patients asked for them. More female than male physicians reported using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as reasoning for recommending such approaches. (2) An additional concerning factor for female back pain patients is that they are consistently noted as having higher levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always a concern in our older patients. Young Chiropractic is always prepared to discuss the benefits – recognized by patients and documented by research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare physicians and spine pain patients.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients appeared this past month highlighting how influential 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 consulting certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing which provider first resulted in the least expense without any delay in diagnosis or serious illness? The chiropractor! When it comes to back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Easley chiropractic care makes sense.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the good 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 seen other healthcare professionals.
Make your Easley chiropractic appointment today. The question of which healthcare professional to see arises, think of your Easley chiropractor!