Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Back pain care guidelines endorse non-surgical care approaches like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A new 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 Sandy Springs chiropractor at Cross Chiropractic Center accept that role. Your Sandy Springs chiropractor helps Sandy Springs back pain and neck pain patients be alleviated of the pain and improve their quality of life.

New Back Pain Care Guidelines 

The latest guideline for non-surgical treatment of patients whose back pain and/or leg pain just started 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 chiropractic care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults obtained chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why don’t 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 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 resulted in a physical therapy referral. If a patient were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. 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? They received opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your Sandy Springs chiropractor proposes a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.

Why Patients See a Chiropractor 

But what prompts a visit to a chiropractor like your Sandy Springs chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds right for Cross Chiropractic Center, too. Our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients view the back pain specialists at Cross Chiropractic Center as back and neck pain relief specialists!)  Further, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more likely to consult a chiropractor in the last year. 23% of the chiropractic patients also had a prescription for their back pain. 35% of them used over the counter medications for the same issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% reported that having medical and chiropractic care was helpful. (1) Your Sandy Springs chiropractor is excited to combine care! Cross Chiropractic Center is ready to cooperate with your primary care physician as necessary.

Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic visit today. Cross Chiropractic Center will reach out to 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 better quality of life for you, our shared Sandy Springs back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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