Pain and inflammation are known partners.
Spinal manipulation has been utilized to reduce spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show
that the effect of spinal manipulation may go beyond the spine
to potentially control inflammation and its influence
on spine pain. Amelia Chiropractic Clinic views improvement in our spine pain
patients on many fronts: pain reduction,
function improvement, etc. The roles of inflammation in back
pain and of spinal manipulation in decreasing that pain is key
to the Fernandina Beach chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are quantifiable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can signify normal and abnormal
processes taking place in the body. In the realm of
back pain, researchers have been scrutinizing blood testable
biomarkers like tumor necrosis factor (TNFα), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), IL-6,
IL-2, interferon (IFN), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), TNF soluble
receptor type 2 (sTNFR2) and IL-10 to tell the story. A recent biomarker test is brain
imaging. Why brain? Researchers recognize
that chronic back pain certainly alters the spine
and suggest that it alters the brain structure. Brain
imaging is a non-invasive biomarker capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to study
such alterations. (1) Researchers continue thinking up new tests! Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is following
these biomarker findings carefully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate
healthcare as one of the greatest contributors to
disability globally, researchers are studying
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered if there was a contrast in the inflammatory
profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They found
a distinct difference in that there was a
difference between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning
toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another report found that C-reactive
protein in patients with acute non-specific low back pain and TNF-α in chronic
non-specific low back pain patients were higher. (3) These kinds
of tests may help your Fernandina Beach chiropractor monitor
your back pain in a new way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Amelia Chiropractic Clinic currently
heavily relies on gentle spinal manipulation to relieve
pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the start of and
2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment found
significant (though limited and diverse) changes in the
production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain
and disability scores dropped too. (4) These are encouraging
findings for the use of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is excited to learn more about
biomarker-level changes with Fernandina Beach spinal manipulation!
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how
use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may
well go beyond pain relief.
Make your Fernandina Beach
chiropractic appointment soon. Daily, pain and
inflammation come through our door together. Our treatment
helps ease their impact on the lives of
our Fernandina Beach chiropractic patients.