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St. Francisville 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 do for back pain patients who come to the ER for help. It’s a quandry for them, especially since almost 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain visit the emergency room for help annually! (1) Unless there is cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. How best can a St. Francisville ER doc help? How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the St. Francisville chiropractic back pain specialist offer? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing 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 seek care from a primary care physician) has imaging done: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging guidelines do not support this as they recommend holding off on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients are telling ER doctors that they have been under such care already? Probably not since only 34% of patients who go to 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 looked at all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used to determine what is effective. What have they found? Stronger pain medication options do not offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen doesn’t seem to enhance function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen by 1 week after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Combining ibuprofen and acetaminophen did not decrease 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 continued to experience functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% said they had moderate or severe pain. 46% report using some type of analgesic pain reliever in the last day. There are short and long-term problems for ER patients with low back pain. (1) This may all be frustrating for emergency department physicians and their patients but not typically for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The St. Francisville chiropractic back pain specialist at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is equipped with the best of chiropractic care for St. Francisville back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your St. Francisville chiropractor understands. Experience 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 supports your St. Francisville chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated St. Francisville back pain patients is possible.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael Schneider on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who describes the goal of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to seek out for back pain issues.

CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville

Schedule a St. Francisville chiropractic visit with Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville especially if an emergency department visit has not produced the pain relief you hoped. St. Francisville chiropractic care has figured out a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville welcomes St. Francisville back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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