Pensacola Chiropractic Care Instead of an Emergency Room Visit and Pain Meds for Back Pain

Emergency room physicians are trying to figure out what is best to offer back pain patients who visit the ER for help. It’s a quandry for them, particularly since nearly 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain choose the emergency room for help each year! (1) Unless there is cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. How best can a Pensacola ER doc help? How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the Pensacola chiropractic back pain specialist offer? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successful management of back pain.

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER performs a lot of imaging. One in 3 patients who go to the emergency department for back pain (compared to 1 in 4 who go to a primary care physician) has imaging ordered: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging guidelines don’t support this as they recommend holding off on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients are letting the ER doctors know that they have been under such care already? Probably not as only 34% of patients who visit an ER share with the emergency department physician that they use healthcare options like chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. (5) What about the pain?

EMERGENCY ROOM: MEDICATIONS

Relief for the pain is what they focus on. Researchers have studied all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have prescribed to determine what is effective. What have they discovered? Stronger pain medication options don’t offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen does not seem to enhance function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen within a week after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Combining ibuprofen and acetaminophen didn’t reduce pain scores or the need for other analgesic pain meds compared with either ibuprofen or acetaminophen alone for emergency room patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries. (8) As a matter of fact, 48% of back pain patients who go to an ER for their back pain still had functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% reported moderate or severe pain. 46% say they’ve used some type of analgesic pain reliever in the last day. There are short and long-term issues for ER patients with low back pain. (1) This may all be frustrating for emergency department docs and their patients but not typically for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The Pensacola chiropractic back pain specialist at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center is armed with the best of chiropractic care for Pensacola back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your Pensacola chiropractor gets it. Familiarity with chiropractic spinal manipulation via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with the addition of nutrition like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and curcurmin and turmeric boosts your Pensacola chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Pensacola back pain patients is possible.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael Schneider on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who shares the role of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to turn to for back pain issues.

CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center

Schedule a Pensacola chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center especially if an emergency department visit has not resulted in the pain relief you hoped. Pensacola chiropractic care has shared a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center invites Pensacola back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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