When back pain comes up (and/or has turned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the question of
which healthcare provider to see. It is
a valid question! Research states that the first healthcare professional
establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain bout.
A new study shared that first-provider chiropractic care endedup
being less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic delivers individualized treatment plans for Fernandina Beach
back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Even though chronic low back
pain is so common in older adults, research just hasn’t
described what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One analysis of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults exposed
an extensive list of issues that may contribute (from being
female, obese, anxious, depressed, having fallen,
lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational requirements
like having a job for longer than 10 years that required
bending/lifting, etc.) and factors that may prevent chronic low
back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These
researchers, Amelia Chiropractic Clinic, and our patients would like to know more definitively
what affects chronic low back pain!
Even more wanted is direction on what to do about it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals
affected the care of back pain. The participating physicians
were questioned as to their referrals for particular
complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements,
chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies
(meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians said
they endorsed these approaches when patients asked
for them. More female than male physicians answered
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as justification
for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional concerning
factor for female back pain sufferers is that they are consistently
noted as having higher levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always of concern in our older patients. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is always ready to share the benefits
– perceived by patients and documented by
research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare
professionals and spine pain sufferers.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients surfaced this past month highlighting how important
the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back
pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.),
opioid prescribing, and cost were greater when seeing
certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary
care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing
which provider first resulted in the least expense without any delay in diagnosis
or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to
back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Fernandina Beach chiropractic care
CONTACT Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the positive
outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who found
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had consulted
other healthcare providers.
Schedule your Fernandina Beach chiropractic
appointment today. The question of which healthcare professional
to consult arises, think of your
Fernandina Beach chiropractor!