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Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Guidelines for back pain care endorse non-surgical care approaches like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A new study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) So true! Chiropractors like your St. Francisville chiropractor at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville relish that responsibility. Your St. Francisville chiropractor helps St. Francisville back pain and neck pain patients get relief of the pain and enhance their quality of life.

New Back Pain Care Guidelines 

The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment of patients whose back pain and/or leg pain just started advocates patient education (including a talk about treatment outcome), exercise (advice to keep active) and manual therapy, not routine imaging, targeted treatment, extraforaminal glucocorticoid injection, paracetamol, NSAIDs and opioids. (2) Chiropractic offers all three!

Who Sees a Chiropractor? 

24% of US adults seek out chiropractic care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults sought chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why don’t more patients seek chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines drawn up by groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call for non-surgical methods like spinal manipulation. (3) Even the physical therapists are upset! “Although therapies delivered by PTs are promoted as a first-line treatment for low back pain, PT referral rates remain low.” Only 10.1% of primary care provider visits for low back pain resulted in a physical therapy referral. If a patient were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. Where do these patients with low back pain and leg pain go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica? They received opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your St. Francisville chiropractor offers a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.

Why Patients See a Chiropractor 

But what motivates a visit to a chiropractor like your St. Francisville chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds right for Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville, too. Our St. Francisville chiropractic patients see us as the St. Francisville back and neck pain specialists!)  Additionally, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more likely to consult a chiropractor in the last 12 months. 23% of the chiropractic patients also received a prescription for their back pain. 35% of them used over the counter medications for the same issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% thought the combined care for their spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your St. Francisville chiropractor is excited to combine care! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is ready to collaborate with your primary care physician whenever possible.

Schedule your St. Francisville chiropractic visit today. Share the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the latest back pain care guidelines and better quality of life for you, our shared St. Francisville back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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