Pain and inflammation are known partners. Spinal manipulation has been used to decrease spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show that the effect of spinal manipulation may extend beyond the spine to possibly control inflammation and its influence on spine pain. Young Chiropractic views improvement in our spine pain patients on several fronts: pain reduction, function improvement, etc. The functions of inflammation in back pain and of spinal manipulation in decreasing that pain is core to the Easley chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are quantifiable indicators of body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing, imaging, etc. Biomarkers can indicate normal and abnormal processes taking place in the body. In the realm of back pain, researchers have been looking to blood testable biomarkers like tumor necrosis factor (TNFα), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), IL-6, IL-2, interferon (IFN), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), TNF soluble receptor type 2 (sTNFR2) and IL-10 to tell the story. A newer biomarker test is brain imaging. What makes brain imaging interesting? Researchers recognize that chronic back pain certainly changes the spine and suggest that it changes the brain structure. Brain imaging is a non-invasive biomarker capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to analyze such alterations. (1) Researchers continue coming up with new tests! Young Chiropractic is following these biomarker findings watchfully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain keeps dominating healthcare as one of the most significant contributors to disability globally, researchers are studying biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered if there was a variance in the inflammatory profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They discovered a distinct difference in that there was a disparity between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of patients. (2) Another report found that C-reactive protein in patients with acute non-specific low back pain and TNF-α in chronic non-specific low back pain patients were elevated. (3) These types of tests may help your Easley chiropractor observe your back pain in a new way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL MANIPULATION
The chiropractic treatment plan at Young Chiropractic now is based on gentle spinal manipulation to ease pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the start of and 2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment documented significant (though limited and diverse) changes in the production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain and disability scores fell too. (4) These are encouraging findings for the use of spinal manipulation for back pain. Young Chiropractic is excited to see more information about biomarker-level changes with Easley spinal manipulation!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may well go beyond pain relief.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment now. Daily, pain and inflammation come to our clinic together. Our treatment helps reduce their influence on the lives of our Easley chiropractic patients.