Guidelines for back pain care
recommend non-surgical care approaches
like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A recent
study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the
largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) So
true! Chiropractors like your Minster chiropractor at Minster Chiropractic Center
welcome that role. Your Minster
chiropractor assists Minster back pain and neck pain
patients get relief of the pain and enhance
their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment
for recent onset back and/or leg pain advocates 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 do not more patients seek
chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines drawn up by
groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call
for non-surgical approaches like spinal manipulation. (3) Even
the physical therapists are frustrated! “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. A patient
with Medicare or Medicaid was even less likely to get a referral. 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
and more. (4) Your Minster chiropractor proposes
a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.
Why Patients See a Chiropractor
But what inspires a visit to a
chiropractor like your Minster chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for
back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Minster Chiropractic Center,
too. Our Minster chiropractic patients view us as the Minster
back and neck pain specialists!) Additionally,
adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to visit a chiropractor in the past year. 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
Minster chiropractor is ready to share care! Minster Chiropractic Center is ready to work
as a team with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Minster chiropractic visit
the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side
and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as
called for by the most recent back pain care guidelines and better
quality of life for you, our mutual Minster back pain
patient or neck pain patient.