Young Chiropractic Respects the Painful Spine with Evidence-Based Care

October 03, 2017

The spine deserves respect. Young Chiropractic respects all Easley spines, those healthy and those hurting. When the spine hurts, it demands attention. The attention the hurting spine gets is not always respectful of the guidelines for its pain relief. That fact is receiving notice in the medical research. Evidence based guidelines for a painful spine’s care abound, but they aren’t always respected. They are published but not always read or implemented. The spine deserves better. Your Easley chiropractor respects the spine and coordinates its trouble to the best evidence-based protocol for its relief which is often times non-surgical and non-drug.


What is recommended and/or beneficial for spine pain often delivered even in Easley? The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians advocate spinal manipulation for low back pain. (1) Flexion distraction (aka Cox Technic) and manual therapy using joint mobilization techniques and flexion distraction is written to be effective for low back pain relief. (2) Spinal manipulation as a conservative treatment should be attempted by patients with chronic low back pain and low back pain related disability. (3) Flexion distraction brings clinically significant improvement in pain by 79% and disability by 70% at 14.5 months follow-up. (4) Research notes that surgical methods and outcomes differ from place to place for patients with the same condition. It beckons standardization of care and the establishment of international guidelines based about what works best according to such evidence. (5) Young Chiropractic agrees that published guidelines showing what is best need to be respected.


What is really going on? A recently released article that reviewed the care of Canadian spine pain patients sent for spine surgery came out and reported that “Surgeons do not use clinical practice guidelines before spine surgery.” What did they do? Prescribed medications to 74.2% of them 46.3% of whom got opioids.  61.1% of patients tried two or less non-surgical forms of treatment. The article proposes that if patients received evidence-based non-operative treatments before a spine surgery consultation, fewer would be referred and, in Canada, fewer would get worse as they have to wait so long to see the surgeon. (6) Lumbar cage fusion rates grew from 3.6% to 58% in 5 years that resulted in escalated complication risk without any improvement in disability or reoperation rates. (7) Young Chiropractic offers Easley chiropractic spine care with less invasive, more effective means, particularly with the evidence-based protocols of Cox Technic.


Listen to this PODCAST with medical doctor, Dr. David Moen, who promotes non-surgical care of back pain with chiropractic for less expensive and unnecessary medical care.

Schedule a Easley chiropractic consultation today with the Easley spine specialist at Young Chiropractic where your hurting spine is met with respect and relieving care as evidence documents best.