When back pain arises (and/or has transitioned into chronic low back pain) so too does the matter of which healthcare provider to consult. It’s a valid question! Research states that the first healthcare provider sets the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain episode. A new study shared that first-provider chiropractic care endedup being less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals. Moriarty Chiropractic delivers individualized treatment plans for Nashua back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Even though chronic low back pain is notably common in older adults, research just hasn’t noted clearly what contributes to it or to its prevention. One analysis of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults exposed an extensive list of issues that may contribute (from being female, obese, anxious, depressed, having fallen, lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational requirements like having a job for longer than 10 years that demanded bending/lifting, etc.) and factors that may prevent chronic low back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These researchers, Moriarty Chiropractic, and our patients would like to know more definitively what prompts chronic low back pain! Even more wanted is direction on what to do about it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals affected the care of back pain. The participating physicians were queried as to their referrals for particular complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies (meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians stated they endorsed these approaches when patients asked for them. More female than male physicians reported using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as reasoning for recommending such approaches. (2) An additional concerning factor for female back pain patients is that they are consistently noted as having higher levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always of concern in our older patients. Moriarty Chiropractic is always prepared to share the benefits – perceived by patients and verified by research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare providers and spine pain sufferers.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients turned up this past month emphasizing how important the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.), opioid prescribing, and cost were greater when seeing certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing which provider first was the least expensive without any delay in diagnosis or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Nashua chiropractic care makes sense.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the positive outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who found relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had seen other healthcare providers.
Make your Nashua chiropractic appointment today. The question of which healthcare provider to consult arises, remember your Nashua chiropractor!