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
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.