Back pain appears. Back pain lingers
occasionally. Back pain goes away for while or
longer or shorter! Whatever its course, back pain makes
itself an annoyance to its sufferer who just wants it to leave.
The hope of a fast fixing pill is strong. The desire
for relief is lasting. Surgical versus non-surgical,
drug versus non-drug, conservative versus more invasive approaches
are out there. Johnson Chiropractic offers conservative, non-drug,
non-surgical, chiropractic care for the relief of Richmond back pain and neck pain
RADICULAR BACK PAIN CARE
Radicular low back pain – radiating-down-the-leg back pain – is many times the most annoying.
Researchers noted that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy
and benzodiazepine drugs were commonly prescribed.
They questioned how spinal manipulation influenced
the use of the benzodiazepine drugs in patients aged 18-49 years of age.
The risk of receiving a prescription for a benzodiazepine were
significantly less for those receiving
chiropractic spinal manipulation. The risk did go up a
bit as the back pain lingered: 3 months .56, 6 months
.61, and 12 months .67. The researchers also examined whether
a patient’s preference to avoid prescription medications affected
this. Their sensitivity analysis didn’t have anything to do with
the odds. The study concluded that
chiropractic spinal manipulation care significantly reduced the
odds of a prescription for and affected the use of
benzodiazepine for radicular low back pain. The patients in the study who started
with the chiropractic manipulation path were more apt to receive
published guideline-directed care for benzodiazepine prescription. (1) This is
positive news for Richmond back pain sufferers wondering
where to go for their back pain: Johnson Chiropractic!
OPIOID PRESCRIPTION FOR BACK PAIN
Back pain sufferers with acute onset, preliminary
episode of back pain often go to the emergency room for assistance.
Opioid prescribing in the ER was documented
as not always adhering to clinical guidelines which recommended
limited use. In 2016, researchers reported that prescribing
opioids so early for uncomplicated acute low
back pain multiplied the long-term use of opioids as
well as the cost of care notwithstanding the fact that
there are an assortment of adverse outcomes associated
with opioid use. (2) Richmond back pain sufferers who
visit Johnson Chiropractic discover other non-drug
care that is recommended for relief of back pain.
RECOMMENDED BACK PAIN TREATMENT OPTIONS
The American College of Physicians published recommendations
for care of low back pain in 2009. (3) Spinal manipulation was a recommended
first-line treatment for low back pain in adults. 97%-98% of spinal manipulation providers
were chiropractors. (4) A 2021 follow-up report on whether these recommendations
were followed revealed some interesting facts. A
Gallup poll of 5377 random people resulted in 545 low back
pain sufferers who went to a medical doctor in
the past year. They were asked what form of care
their medical doctor recommended and if they followed that care. 96% said they received a recommendation
of one or more pain treatments. 81% said their medical doctor advised
drug and non-drug therapies. 76% - NSAIDs and acetaminophen. 79% - self-care
treatments. 37% - massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation. 60% - physical
therapy. Close to 66% said prescriptions (benzodiazepine, opioids,
gabapentin, Neurontin, cortisone injections) were advised.
Follow through on the recommendations by patients varied from 68%
for acupuncture to 94% for NSAIDs. (5) Johnson Chiropractic deliveres
safe, gentle spinal manipulation as recommended by the guidelines and
encourages follow through with care.
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the relief with The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for low back pain patients.
Make your Richmond chiropractic
appointment now. Back pain - be it new or
old, sudden or lingering – may well find its match in
recommended spinal manipulation care at Johnson Chiropractic.