Minster Chiropractic Care Instead of an Emergency Room Visit and Pain Meds for Back Pain

Emergency room physicians are trying to figure out what is best to do for back pain patients who choose the ER for help. It is a quandry for them, particularly since almost 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain choose the emergency room for help annually! (1) Unless there is cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. How best can a Minster ER doc help? How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the Minster chiropractic back pain specialist provide? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER performs lots of imaging. One in 3 patients who go to the emergency room for back pain (as opposed to 1 in 4 who seek care from a primary care physician) gets imaging done: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging recommendations do not support this as they say to hold off on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients are telling ER doctors that they have been using such care already? Not likely since only 34% of patients who visit an ER share with the emergency department physician that they get healthcare options like chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. (5) What about the pain?

EMERGENCY ROOM: MEDICATIONS

Pain relief, it seems, is what they can do. Researchers have looked at a variety of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used to figure out what is effective. What have they discovered? Stronger pain medication options do not offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen does not seem to up function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen within a week after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Combining ibuprofen and acetaminophen did not decrease pain scores or the need for other analgesic pain meds compared with either ibuprofen or acetaminophen alone in emergency room patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries. (8) As a matter of fact, 48% of back pain patients who visit an emergency room for their back pain continued to experience functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% reported moderate or severe pain. 46% report using some type of analgesic pain reliever in the day prior. There are short and long-term problems for ER patients with low back pain. (1) This may all be frustrating for emergency department docs and their patients but not typically for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The Minster chiropractic back pain specialist at Minster Chiropractic Center is armed with the best of chiropractic care for Minster back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your Minster chiropractor understands. Familiarity with chiropractic spinal manipulation via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with the addition of nutrition like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and curcurmin and turmeric supports your Minster chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Minster back pain patients is promising.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael Schneider on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who describes the goal of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to turn to for back pain issues.

CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center

Schedule a Minster chiropractic visit with Minster Chiropractic Center especially if an ER trip hasn’t resulted in the pain relief you wanted. Minster chiropractic care has figured out a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Minster Chiropractic Center invites Minster back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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