Pain and inflammation are known partners.
Spinal manipulation has been used to reduce spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show
that the effect of spinal manipulation may go beyond the spine
to potentially mediate inflammation and its impact
on spine pain. Johnson Chiropractic sees improvement in our spine pain
patients in several ways: pain reduction,
function improvement, etc. The functions of inflammation in back
pain and of spinal manipulation in reducing that pain is central
to the Richmond chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are quantifiable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can signify normal and abnormal
processes occurring in the body. In the realm of
back pain, researchers have been looking to blood testable
biomarkers like tumor necrosis factor (TNFα), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), IL-6,
IL-2, interferon (IFN), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), TNF soluble
receptor type 2 (sTNFR2) and IL-10 to related the story. A recent biomarker test is brain
imaging. Why brain? Researchers recognize
that chronic back pain surely changes the spine
and believe that it alters the brain structure. Imaging of the brain is a non-invasive biomarker capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to study
such variations. (1) Researchers continue thinking up new tests! Johnson Chiropractic is following
these biomarker findings watchfully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain keeps dominating
healthcare as one of the greatest contributors to
disability globally, researchers are studying
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wanted to
know if there was a difference in the inflammatory
profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They discovered
a distinct difference in that there was a disparity between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning
toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another report found that C-reactive
protein in patients with acute non-specific low back pain and TNF-α in chronic
non-specific low back pain patients were elevated. (3) These types
of tests may help your Richmond chiropractor follow
your back pain in a novel way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Johnson Chiropractic now
heavily relies on gentle spinal manipulation to reduce
pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the beginning of and
2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment found
significant (though limited and diverse) changes in the
production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain
and disability scores fell too. (4) These are beneficial
findings for the implementation of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Johnson Chiropractic is excited to see more information about
biomarker-level changes with Richmond spinal manipulation!
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how
use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may
well go beyond pain relief.
Set up your Richmond
chiropractic appointment today. Daily, pain and
inflammation come through our door together. Our treatment
helps decrease their impact on the lives of
our Richmond chiropractic patients.