Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Back pain care guidelines emphasize non-surgical care methods 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) Yes! Chiropractors like your Preston chiropractor at Chiropractic Associates relish that responsibility. Your Preston chiropractor helps Preston back pain and neck pain patients get relief of the pain and improve 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 discussion about prognosis), 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 written by groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call for non-surgical approaches 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 ended with a physical therapy referral. A patient with Medicare or Medicaid was even less likely to get a referral. 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? The primary care physicians wrote opioid prescriptions more and more. (4) Your Preston chiropractor offers a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.

Why Patients See a Chiropractor 

But what prompts a visit to a chiropractor like your Preston chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds right for Chiropractic Associates, too. Our Preston chiropractic patients view the back pain specialists at Chiropractic Associates as back and neck pain relief specialists!)  Further, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more likely to visit 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 issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% thought the combined care for their spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your Preston chiropractor is ready to share care! Chiropractic Associates is ready to collaborate with your primary care physician as necessary.

Schedule your Preston chiropractic appointment today. Chiropractic Associates will reach out to your primary care physician. We are all with you and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the most recent back pain care guidelines and improved quality of life for you, our shared Preston back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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