Guidelines for back pain care
endorse non-surgical care methods
like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A new
study just came out and said that “Chiropractic is one of the
largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) Yes! Chiropractors like your Brooks chiropractor at Soft Health and Healing Clinic
accept that role. Your Brooks
chiropractor helps Brooks back pain and neck pain
patients be alleviated of the pain and improve
their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The latest guideline for non-surgical treatment
for recent onset back and/or leg pain advocates patient education (including
a talk about treatment outcome), exercise (advice
to keep active) and manual therapy, not routine imaging, targeted treatment,
extraforaminal glucocorticoid injection, paracetamol, NSAIDs and opioids. (2) Chiropractic
offers all three!
Who Sees a Chiropractor?
24% of US adults pursue chiropractic
care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults obtained
chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why don’t more patients get
chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines written by
groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call
for non-surgical methods like spinal manipulation. (3) Even
the physical therapists are upset! “Although therapies
delivered by PTs are promoted as a first-line treatment for low back pain, PT
referral rates remain low.” Only 10.1% of primary care provider visits for low
back pain ended with a physical therapy referral. A patient
with Medicare or Medicaid was even less likely to get a referral. Where
do these low back pain and leg pain
patients go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica?
They received opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your Brooks chiropractor offers
a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.
Why Patients See a Chiropractor
But what motivates a visit to a
chiropractor like your Brooks chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for
back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Soft Health and Healing Clinic,
too. Our Brooks chiropractic patients view us as the Brooks
back and neck pain specialists!) Further,
adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to visit a chiropractor in the last year. 23%
of the chiropractic patients also received a prescription for their
back pain. 35% of them used over the counter medications for the same issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% reported
that having medical and chiropractic care was helpful. (1) Your
Brooks chiropractor is excited to combine care! Soft Health and Healing Clinic is ready to collaborate with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Brooks chiropractic visit
the name of your primary care physician. We are all with you
and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as
called for by the most recent back pain care guidelines and better
quality of life for you, our mutual Brooks back pain
patient or neck pain patient.