Guidelines for back pain care
emphasize non-surgical care methods
like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A new
study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the
largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) So
true! Chiropractors like your Carrolltown chiropractor at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
relish that responsibility. Your Carrolltown
chiropractor assists Carrolltown back pain and neck pain
patients be alleviated of the pain and improve
their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment
of patients whose back pain and/or leg
pain just started advocates patient education (including
a talk about treatment outcome), 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 pursue chiropractic
care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults got
chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why do not more patients get
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 methods 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. If a patient
were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. Where
do these low back pain and leg pain
patients go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica?
They received opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your Carrolltown 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 Carrolltown chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for
back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation,
too. Our Carrolltown chiropractic patients view us as the Carrolltown
back and neck pain specialists!) Additionally,
adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone 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% thought the combined care for their
spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your
Carrolltown chiropractor is excited to combine care! Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is ready to work
as a team with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment
the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side
and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as
called for by the latest back pain care guidelines and improved
quality of life for you, our shared Carrolltown back pain
patient or neck pain patient.