Chiropractic Associates Respects the Painful Spine with Evidence-Based Care

The spine deserves respect. Chiropractic Associates respects all Preston spines, those in good shape and those in not so good shape. When the spine hurts, it demands attention. The attention the hurting spine gets isn’t always respectful of the guidelines for its pain relief. That fact is getting notice in the medical research. Evidence based guidelines for a painful spine’s care are plentiful, but they aren’t always followed. They are published but not always read or implemented. The spine deserves better. Your Preston chiropractor respects the spine and matches its trouble to the best evidence-based protocol for its relief which is many times non-surgical and non-drug.

CLINICAL GUIDELINES AND APPROACHES

What is recommended and/or favorable for spine pain often provided even in Preston? The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians endorse spinal manipulation for low back pain. (1) Flexion distraction (aka Cox Technic) and manual therapy using joint mobilization techniques and flexion distraction is written to be effective for low back pain relief. (2) Conservative treatment in the form of spinal manipulation should be attempted by patients with chronic low back pain and disability related to low back pain. (3) Flexion distraction provides clinically significant improvement in pain by 79% and disability by 70% at 14.5 months follow-up. (4) Research notes that surgical methods and outcomes differ from place to place for patients with the same condition. It beckons standardization of care and the establishment of international guidelines built regarding what works best according to such evidence. (5) Chiropractic Associates agrees that published guidelines documenting what is most effective need to be respected.

CLINICAL REALITY

What is being done? A recently published article that reviewed the care of Canadian spine pain patients referred for spine surgery bluntly reported that “Surgeons do not use clinical practice guidelines before spine surgery.” What did they do? Prescribed medications to 74.2% of them 46.3% of whom got opioids.  61.1% of patients tried two or fewer non-surgical forms of treatment. The article proposes that if patients attempted to use evidence-based non-operative treatments before a spine surgery consultation, fewer would be referred and, in Canada, fewer would deteriorate as they have to wait so long to see the surgeon. (6) Lumbar cage fusion rates increased from 3.6% to 58% in 5 years that resulted in increased complication risk without any improvement in disability or reoperation rates. (7) Chiropractic Associates delivers Preston chiropractic spine care with less intrusive, more effective means, specifically with the evidence-based protocols of Cox Technic.

MAKE A Preston CHIROPRACTIC APPOINTMENT

Listen to this PODCAST with medical doctor, Dr. David Moen, who promotes non-surgical care of back pain with chiropractic for less costly and unnecessary medical care.

Schedule a Preston chiropractic consultation today with the Preston spine specialist at Chiropractic Associates where your hurting spine is met with respect and relieving care as evidence says is best.

 
 
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