Data. Data. Data. We human-beings are well scrutinized: our diseases, our behaviors, our lives. In healthcare, data and stats can be quite helpful in improving care, particularly path for low back pain management from conservative, non-surgical to surgical when needed. In Easley Young Chiropractic is experienced in managing this flow of back pain care and in referring when/if needed.
LOW BACK PAIN MANAGEMENT DATA
The worldwide leading cause of disability is low back pain. Diagnosis of the cause of low back pain – spinal stenosis, radiculopathy, non-specific and specific low back pain – is central to managing it. One study commented that low back examination tests alone are not always helpful when considered alone. (1) That is why Young Chiropractic connects everything - your history, current pain, exam tests’ results, imaging, and more - to establish a diagnosis and a treatment plan. And not all back pain sufferers have to visit specialists like spinal surgeons. Even the surgeons appreciate it when patients who need their skill (surgical skills) are referred to them. A recent study pointed out that of 500 cases sent to a neurosurgeon, only 22% were surgical candidates. 80% of referrals done during the study’s time period were deemed not appropriate. The researchers concluded that “triaging approaches led by musculoskeletal experts may improve referral appropriateness to specialized care.” (2) Young Chiropractic concurs and is prepared to perform that role. Your Easley chiropractor specializes in the diagnosis and management of low back pain and is well aware of when to refer for specialized treatment like advanced imaging, surgery, etc.
STATS ON CHIROPRACTIC BACK PAIN PATIENT CARE
In the chiropractic world of healthcare, Care Response is a filled database of details from chiropractic patients around the world. It’s been collecting data for over 10 years regarding patient satisfaction. Two main points of feedback were on what chiropractic patients felt was good about their care and what could be improved. The good comprised clinical outcomes (reduced pain, better function, being understood as having pain and its cause), examination and description of the condition and its treatment, professionalism, friendliness, feeling valued as a person, safety, comfort, and punctuality. There is always room for improvement, and patients commented that they wanted to not be rushed during the visit, wanted to feel understood, wanted good outcomes, etc. (3) Young Chiropractic tries hard to focus on you during your time at our Easley chiropractic office.
CHIROPRACTIC IMPROVES QUALITY OF LIFE
As your Easley chiropractor, Young Chiropractic works to deliver the ‘good’! And we take it one step further to increase quality of life for our low back pain patients. The most recent series of questions to help evaluate patients for these outcomes is known as PROMIS that encompasses function, pain interference, pain intensity, fatigue, sleep, depression, anxiety, satisfaction in social life, mental health, etc. The final word from all the assembled data found that patients (1) improved significantly and felt they did, (2) improved significantly but did not think they did, (3) did not improve significantly but felt they did, (4) didn’t improve significantly or report feeling better. (4) We strive for the ideal #1 outcome described above, and we want you to tell us how you feel you are.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Coleman Cormier on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relief of low back pain in a patient with a disc herniation using The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Easley chiropractic appointment now. Young Chiropractic studies the stats to best deliver quality of life-improving care for our Easley low back pain patients.