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Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

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 today. Share 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.

 

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