When back pain comes up (and/or has transitioned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the question of
which healthcare professional to consult. It is
a valid question! Research maintains that the first healthcare provider
establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain episode.
A new study stated that first-provider chiropractic care endedup
being less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic provides individualized treatment plans for Fort Wayne
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 hasn’t
noted clearly what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One review 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 issues
like having a job for longer than 10 years that demanded
bending/lifting, etc.) and issues that may prevent chronic low
back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These
researchers, Aaron Chiropractic Clinic, and our patients would like to know more definitively
what affects chronic low back pain!
Even more wanted is direction on what to do about it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals
affected the care of back pain. The participating physicians
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 reported
they endorsed these approaches when patients requested them. More female than male physicians answered
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as reasoning
for recommending such approaches. (2) An additional troubling
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. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic is always ready to share the benefits
– recognized by patients and documented 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 turned
up this past month highlighting how important
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 higher when seeing
certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary
care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Consulting
which provider first was the least expensive without any detrimental effect on diagnosis
or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to
back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Fort Wayne chiropractic care
CONTACT Aaron Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the good
outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who got
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had seen
other healthcare providers.
Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic
appointment soon. The question of which healthcare professional
to see arises, remember your
Fort Wayne chiropractor!