Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report piqued
the attention of Amelia Chiropractic Clinic as it describes the
current situation of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
Fernandina Beach chiropractor strives to be your
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older.
They deal with conditions like back
pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What is
the first line of treatment suggested? Spinal manipulation.
Which profession historically delivers the majority of
spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy provided SMT more heavily in its early professional years. Some massage therapists and
physical therapists are today. Chiropractors are
still most commonly known for their providing spinal manipulation. Medicare sees
it as well. A new study of the clinicians who deliver
spinal manipulation tried to discover more about this since spinal
manipulation was a suggested first-line treatment for low
back pain. They found that 97% to 98% of the spinal
manipulation providers were chiropractors. They served anywhere
from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in one state to
260 per 100,000 in another state. Not every location has enough chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers take care of 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are used.
Unfortunately, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors decreased
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other kinds of clinicians
who deliver spinal manipulation increased from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the largest group of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the overall
supply of them is falling while the supply of
non-chiropractors delivering spinal manipulation is rising.
(1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox recalls Dr. Joseph
Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and founder
of the Council for Chiropractic Education which set up
federal accreditation for chiropractic, always quoted to
the “young doctors” - as he referred to the chiropractic students
he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic schools strive to include
evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of chiropractors
of the future. A recent survey of faculty at
a chiropractic school found that 81% of them were trained
in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty agreed
that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator
(52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to
be instructed via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of
the survey responders deemed preclinical technique
courses were a beneficial idea. 81% felt elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Certainly,
exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is
important to establish a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a productive clinical practice in terms of easing
the pain of spine pain patients. Basing the choice of which
techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have
the best evidence behind them is key. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic appreciates
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic used in this Fernandina Beach chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she describes how the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped relieve low back pain for this military veteran.
Schedule your next Fernandina Beach
chiropractic appointment with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic soon. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic who delivers spinal manipulation every day, follows the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and relieving
treatment based on research evidence. We look forward to seeing you!