When back pain arises (and/or has transitioned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the matter of
which healthcare professional to consult. It is
a valid question! Research reports that the first healthcare professional
establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain spell.
A new study stated that first-provider chiropractic care was less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center provides individualized treatment plans for Pensacola
back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Even though chronic low back
pain is notably common in older adults, research just has not
noted clearly what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One analysis of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults exposed
an extensive list of factors 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 more 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, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center, and our patients would like to know more definitively
what influences chronic low back pain!
Even more desired is direction on how to manage it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals
affected the care of back pain. The participants
were queried as to their referrals for certain
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 stated
they endorsed these approaches when patients requested them. More female than male physicians answered
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as rationale
for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional concerning
factor for female back pain sufferers is that they are consistently
seen as having higher levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always a concern in our older patients. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center is always prepared to discuss the benefits
– recognized by patients and verified by
research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare
physicians and spine pain patients.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients surfaced this past month emphasizing 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) Seeing
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, Pensacola chiropractic care
CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center
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 professionals.
Make your Pensacola chiropractic
appointment now. The question of which healthcare professional
to consult comes up, remember your