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 get relief 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 us as the Sandy Springs
back and neck pain 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
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.