When back pain arises (and/or has turned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the concern of
which healthcare professional to see. It is
a valid question! Research states that the first healthcare professional
establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain episode.
A new study stated that first-provider chiropractic care endedup
being less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. provides individualized treatment plans for Auburn
back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Despite the fact that chronic low back
pain is notably common in older adults, research just hasn’t
described what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One review of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults exposed
an extensive list of factors that may contribute (from being
female, obese, anxious, depressed, having had falls in the past,
lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational issues
like having a job for longer than 10 years that necessitated
bending/lifting, etc.) and factors that may prevent chronic low
back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These
researchers, Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C., and our patients would like to know more conclusively
what influences chronic low back pain!
Even more wanted is guidance on how to manage it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals
affected the care of back pain. The participants
were questioned as to their referrals for certain
complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements,
chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies
(meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians reported
they advocated these approaches when patients asked
for them. More female than male physicians related
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as reasoning
for recommending such approaches. (2) An additional troubling
factor for female back pain patients is that they are consistently
noted as having greater levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always of concern in our older patients. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is always ready to discuss the benefits
– perceived by patients and verified by
research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare
physicians and spine pain sufferers.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients appeared this past month highlighting how influential
the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back
pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.),
opioid prescribing, and cost were higher when seeing
certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary
care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Consulting
which provider first resulted in the lowest cost of
care without any delay in diagnosis
or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to
back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Auburn chiropractic care
CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the good
outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who got
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had seen
other healthcare providers.
Schedule your Auburn chiropractic
appointment soon. The question of which healthcare professional
to consult arises, remember your