Guidelines for back pain care
recommend non-surgical care approaches
like spinal manipulation. So who delivers non-surgical care? A recent
study just came out and said that “Chiropractic is one of the
largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) Yes! Chiropractors like your Richmond chiropractor at Johnson Chiropractic
relish that role. Your Richmond
chiropractor assists Richmond back pain and neck pain
patients be alleviated of the pain and enhance
their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment
for recent onset back and/or leg pain recommends patient education (incorporating
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 received
chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why do not 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 Richmond chiropractor proposes
a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.
Why Patients See a Chiropractor
But what motivates a visit to a
chiropractor like your Richmond chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for
back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds right for Johnson Chiropractic,
too. Our Richmond chiropractic patients see us as the Richmond
back and neck pain specialists!) Further,
adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more likely to visit a chiropractor in the past 12 months. 23%
of the chiropractic patients also had 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% reported
that the combined care for their
spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your
Richmond chiropractor is excited to combine care! Johnson Chiropractic is ready to collaborate with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Richmond 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 mutual Richmond back pain
patient or neck pain patient.
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