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Brooks Chiropractic Care Instead of an Emergency Room Visit and Pain Meds for Back Pain

Emergency room physicians are trying to figure out what is best to offer back pain patients who come to the ER for help. It’s a dilemma for them, particularly since nearly 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain go to the emergency room for help each year! (1) Unless there is cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. What can a Brooks ER do? How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the Brooks chiropractic back pain specialist provide? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER performs plenty of imaging. One in 3 patients who go to the emergency room for back pain (as opposed to 1 in 4 who seek care from a primary care physician) gets imaging performed: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging guidelines don’t support this as they say to hold off on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients are telling ER doctors that they have been under such care already? Not likely as only 34% of patients who go to an ER share with the emergency department physician that they use healthcare options like chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. (5) What about the pain?

EMERGENCY ROOM: MEDICATIONS

Relief for the pain is what they focus on. Researchers have studied all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have prescribed to determine what is effective. What have they discovered? Stronger pain medication options do not offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen does not seem to up function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen within a week after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Mixing ibuprofen and acetaminophen did not decrease pain scores or the need for other analgesic pain meds compared with either ibuprofen or acetaminophen alone in emergency room patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries. (8) As a matter of fact, 48% of back pain patients who go to an emergency room for their back pain still had functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% said they had moderate or severe pain. 46% say they’ve used some type of analgesic pain reliever in the day prior. There are short and long-term issues for ER patients with low back pain. (1) This might be frustrating for emergency department docs and their patients but not typically for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The Brooks chiropractic back pain specialist at Soft Health and Healing Clinic is equipped with the best of chiropractic care for Brooks back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your Brooks chiropractor understands. Skill with chiropractic spinal manipulation via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with the addition of nutrition like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and curcurmin and turmeric boosts your Brooks chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Brooks back pain patients is possible.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael Schneider on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who shares the goal of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to seek out for back pain issues.

CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic

Schedule a Brooks chiropractic appointment with Soft Health and Healing Clinic especially if an emergency department trip hasn’t resulted in the pain relief you hoped. Brooks chiropractic care has shared a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Soft Health and Healing Clinic welcomes Brooks back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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