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Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

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 today. Share 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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