“Just give me something to stop the pain.” or “Just do something so I stop hurting.” are just two comments Young Chiropractic and fellow back pain healthcare practitioners hear frequently. When in pain, we all just want it to stop in the least effort required and fastest way possible. This is not always possible though. We all need to look at our pain and make friends with it to some extent. We can see it for what it is. Temporary. Unwelcome. Disruptive. But manageable many times when engaged. Young Chiropractic encourages our Easley back pain patients and neck pain patients to take part in their back pain relief process. It can make a difference. It may well alter your life for the better. Many Easley chiropractic patients have experienced this.
Amazingly up to 25% of back pain patients in a new study were not actively involved in their spine care treatment plan. Research is ripe with reports highlighting the significance of patient-involvement in treatment of spine pain. What kept such patients involved? In researcher-ease, environmental context and resources, emotion, memory/attention/decision-making, and behavioural regulation did. Knowing that these things were the interfering offending factors that reduced patients’ participation in their own care, researchers made a distinctive plan to address these issues and improve the patients’ understanding and participation via text reminders, exercises, lifestyle changes, webinars, videos, paper educational materials and more. (1) One study found that a mix of approaches to drop disability and work absenteeism was cost effective though no one particular intervention stood out over others. (2) Like these researchers, Young Chiropractic tries to do anything possible to help our Easley back pain and neck pain patients!
SPINE EXERCISES AND EMS
This may be a unique helpful intervention for certain patients: whole-body electromyostimulation. It dropped nonspecific chronic low back pain equally as well as back-strengthening exercise protocols. When fear of movement and functional limitations because of back pain are a part of the problem, whole body electrical stimulation improved patients’ strength and stabilization in a timely fashion, reducing pain intensity and improving trunk flexors. (3) Young Chiropractic shares such alternatives to help our patients.
Have you heard “There is an app for that!”? Young Chiropractic is positive you have! Not alarming in today’s app-crazy world that there is an app in the works to help you keep track of self-management tasks like exercise, sleep, etc. For the “selfBACK” app, researchers are now collecting data on the usefulness of various interventions at baseline, 6 weeks, 3, 6, and 9 months for nonspecific low back pain. From this research data, researchers will fill the app with tips and exercises that have benefited others with similar issues. Each patient’s app will then be tailored for self-management of back pain and other musculoskeletal issues based on what others with similar conditions found helpful and relieving. (4) Young Chiropractic looks forward to saying “There's an app for that!" Young Chiropractic knows that some of our Easley back pain patients will love this!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jack Stern on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how back pain patients may help themselves to optimal back pain relief.
Schedule a Easley chiropractic visit soon to begin care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management at Young Chiropractic. Be ready to be engaged with your back pain treatment plan for back pain relief. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that the pill or “something” was not presented to you once you are feeling better in terms of back pain relief and mental happiness that you were an active part of the relief process.