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August 2023 Healthy News from Moriarty Chiropractic Less Gabapentin Prescription and Pain with Chiropractic Care Back Pain & Hip Flexibility Link

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Choosing Chiropractic Care First for Back Pain: Fewer Prescriptions for Gabapentin, Less Pain and Healthcare Use

Back pain is disruptive. Its sufferers desire relief. Wouldn’t it be amazing if a pill would do it?! Many back pain sufferers enter the back pain relief medical system and are prescribed meds first. They take them with hope for relief of pain. (Because this is so common, we chiropractors recognize that we need to be well-trained to identify patients who may have a substance use issue and understand how to help if the use is a problem. (1)) Recent research states that the first-choice healthcare provider is an influential factor in patients’ utilization of healthcare services. An assessment of 29,806 patient cases that analyzed utilization of healthcare for the year following the first visit and found that use was lower for those who chose chiropractic first. The highest health care utilization was seen for those who went to the emergency room as their first step into healthcare for back pain relief. (2) Another study noted that for patients under 50 years old who are experiencing low back pain, two usual options of care and of care providers are spinal manipulation from a chiropractor and pharmacological prescription of gabapentin from a medical provider. Prescriptions for gabapentin were significantly lower for those who used chiropractic spinal manipulative care than those who underwent usual medical care. (3) Your chiropractor appreciates the value of interdisciplinary care and works with healthcare colleagues for the benefit of our back pain patients whenever possible and the value of provider choice with regards to relief and care. Your Nashua chiropractor at Moriarty Chiropractic is confident to help our Nashua back pain patients with our effective chiropractic services!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about the variety of choices back pain patients in “The Spine Care ‘Supermarket’” and how choosing The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helps manage the pain.

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TIP OF THE MONTH: Improve Hip Flexibility, Relieve Back Pain

When the hips are tight, the back gets stressed, and movement is modified. Remember: Everything is linked! Researchers who evaluated hip rotation range of motion in participants who reported back pain and those who didn’t found that those with low back pain had extraordinarily restricted hip lateral rotation range of motion. (4) Luckily, there are ways to improve hip flexibility. One new method is auricular acupressure. What is that? Ask at your next appointment, but it improved hip flexibility (and back pain!) in a new study. (5) Another study hyped the benefit of core stability exercise and hip muscle stretching as effective at improving physical function and activity in non-specific low back pain patients. (6) We can check your hip flexibility out at your next Nashua chiropractic appointment and plan a way to maximize it!

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