When back pain arises (and/or has transitioned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the concern of
which healthcare professional to consult. It is
a valid question! Research states that the first healthcare provider
sets the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain flare-up.
A new study stated that first-provider chiropractic care endedup
being less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Chiropractic Solutions delivers individualized treatment plans for San Jose
back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Despite the fact that chronic low back
pain is notably common in older adults, research just has not
described what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One review of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults uncovered
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 necessitated
bending/lifting, etc.) and factors that may prevent chronic low
back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These
researchers, Chiropractic Solutions, and our patients would like to know more conclusively
what triggers chronic low back pain!
Even more desired is guidance 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 reported
they advocated these approaches when patients asked
for them. More female than male physicians reported
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as reasoning
for recommending such approaches. (2) An additional troubling
factor for female back pain patients is that they are consistently
noted as having greater levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always of concern in our older patients. Chiropractic Solutions is always prepared to share the benefits
– recognized 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 influential
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 consulting
certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary
care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Consulting
which provider first resulted in the least expense without any delay in diagnosis
or serious illness? The chiropractor! When it comes to
back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, San Jose chiropractic care
CONTACT Chiropractic Solutions
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 got
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had seen
other healthcare providers.
Make your San Jose chiropractic
appointment soon. The question of which healthcare professional
to consult arises, think of your
San Jose chiropractor!