SPINAL MANIPULATION: A Beneficial Choice for Relief of Back Pain, Better Quality of Life, Reduced Risk of Tests and Prescriptions
Spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) is a choice when it comes to options for managing back pain, a choice not all back pain sufferers are aware of but may want to be. In an analysis of 83,025 insurance back pain claims, 28% of the claimants underwent treatment with SMT. Of them, 24% received SMT initially, 4% delayed using SMT, and 72% did not undergo SMT at all. Caring for initial episodes of back pain with spinal manipulation reduced the risk of imaging studies, injection procedures, and/or back surgery by close to 30% compared with no spinal manipulation treatment. Delayed spinal manipulation treatment also resulted in higher risk for these procedures. (1) A review of older Medicare chronic low back pain sufferers who received long-term care with SMT found that they reported higher health-related quality of life and satisfaction with care than those who had long-term care with prescription drug therapy. (2) Older Medicare chronic low back pain patients who initially chose opioid analgesic therapy reported a higher rate of adverse drug events than the patients who chose SMT care. (3) Spinal manipulation is our forte! Delivering gentle, research-supported spinal manipulation in the form of gentle, well-investigated Cox® Technic is our choice. Come experience it!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he details the latest spine research regarding the most advantageous method to treat spine, back, and neck pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management mixed with a presentation of the past influences on the present delivery and path for the future direction of research and delivery of SMT.
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MANAGE OSTEOPOROSIS: Risk, Falls, Care
Osteoporosis-related falls are prevalent as osteoporosis is one of the most common skeletal diseases. A review of two studies of older men and women with osteoporosis tracked their falls. Overall, falls within 4 months were documented to be signs of higher risk for non-spine and hip fracture in the next year. In women, a recent fall denoted an 8.1% absolute risk of non-spine fracture in 12 months, a 2.5 times higher risk than women who hadn’t fallen, a 2.5% absolute risk of hip fracture, and a 3.1 times higher fall risk. (4) Falls are bad. Young Chiropractic is here to help you avert falls and osteoporosis-related fractures. We can talk about addressing options like nutrition (calcium and vitamin D supplementation, etc.), gut microbiota balance, and exercise within the Easley chiropractic treatment plan for osteoporosis management. (5,6) Researchers observed that patients understood the benefit of non-pharmacological management of osteoporosis including exercise, nutrition, and fall prevention but admitted that they had a hard time integrating these approaches into daily life. (6) Is that you? We’re here to help! Let’s discuss osteoporosis and fall risk at your next appointment!
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