Choosing Chiropractic Care First for Back Pain: Reduced Gabapentin Prescription, Reduced Pain, Less Healthcare Use
Back pain is challenging. Its sufferers desire relief. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a pill would deliver it?! Many back pain sufferers step into the back pain relief medical system and are given prescriptions for meds first. They take them in hopes that they’ll get relief. (Because this is so common, we chiropractors acknowledge that we need to be well-trained in identifying patients who may have a substance use issue and understand how to help if the use is a problem. (1)) Recent research notes that the first-choice healthcare provider makes a difference in patients’ utilization of healthcare services. A review of 29,806 patient cases that looked at the year following the first visit for back pain found that utilization of healthcare services was lower for those who made the choice to see a chiropractor first. The greatest health care utilization was seen for those who went to the emergency room as their first healthcare visit for back pain relief. (2) Another study shared that for patients under 50 years old who are dealing with low back pain, two usual options of care and of care providers are spinal manipulation from a chiropractor and pharmacological prescription of gabapentin from a medical provider. Prescriptions for gabapentin were significantly lower for those who used chiropractic spinal manipulative care than those who used usual medical care. (3) Your chiropractor recognizes the value of interdisciplinary care and communicates with healthcare colleagues for the benefit of our back pain patients whenever possible and the value of provider choice with regards to relief and care. Your Easley chiropractor at Young Chiropractic is poised to help our Easley back pain patients with our effective chiropractic services!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about the many choices back pain patients in “The Spine Care ‘Supermarket’” and how choosing The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helps manage the pain.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Improve Hip Flexibility, Relieve Back Pain
When the hips are tight, the back gets stressed, and movement is altered. Remember: Everything is linked! Researchers who evaluated hip rotation range of motion in participants who had back pain and those who didn’t found that those with low back pain had extremely restricted hip lateral rotation range of motion. (4) Luckily, there are ways to improve hip flexibility. One new method is auricular acupressure. What is that? Ask at your next appointment, but it enhanced hip flexibility (and back pain!) in one new study. (5) Another study touted the benefit of core stability exercise and hip muscle stretching as effective at enhancing physical function and activity in non-specific low back pain patients. (6) Let’s check your hip flexibility out at your next Easley chiropractic appointment and plan a way to boost it!
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