SPINAL MANIPULATION: A Beneficial Choice for Relief of Back Pain, Better Quality of Life, Reduced Risk of Tests and Prescriptions
Spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) is a choice for treatment of back pain, a choice not all back pain sufferers are aware of but may want to be. In a review of 83,025 insurance back pain claims, 28% of the patients were treated with SMT. Of them, 24% underwent SMT initially, 4% delayed using SMT, and 72% did not undergo SMT at all. Managing initial episodes of back pain with spinal manipulation reduced the risk of imaging studies, injection procedures, and/or back surgery by almost 30% compared with not receiving SMT. Delayed SMT also raised the risk for these procedures. (1) A study of older Medicare chronic low back pain sufferers who received long-term care with SMT revealed that they described having higher health-related quality of life and satisfaction with care than those who experienced long-term care with prescription drug therapy. (2) Older Medicare chronic low back pain patients who initially chose opioid analgesic therapy reported a higher rate of adverse drug events than the patients who chose SMT care. (3) Spinal manipulation is our forte! Delivering gentle, research-documented spinal manipulation in the form of gentle, well-investigated Cox® Technic is our choice. Come feel it!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the most recent spine research about the optimal method to treat spine, back, and neck pain with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management mixed with a discussion of the past influences on the present delivery and path for the future direction of research and delivery of SMT.
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MANAGE OSTEOPOROSIS: Risk, Falls, Care
Osteoporosis-related falls are so common as osteoporosis is one of the most common skeletal diseases. An analysis of two studies of older men and women with osteoporosis tracked their falls. Overall, falls within 4 months were documented to be signs of higher risk for non-spine and hip fracture in the next 12 months. For women, a recent fall signaled an 8.1% absolute risk of non-spine fracture in 12 months, a 2.5 times higher risk than women who had not had falls, a 2.5% absolute risk of hip fracture, and a 3.1 times higher fall risk. (4) Falls aren’t good. Moriarty Chiropractic is ready to help you prevent falls and osteoporosis-related fractures. We can discuss addressing options like nutrition (calcium and vitamin D supplementation, etc.), gut microbiota balance, and exercise within the Nashua chiropractic treatment plan for managing osteoporosis. (5,6) Researchers noted that patients understood the benefit of non-pharmacological management of osteoporosis including exercise, nutrition, and fall prevention but confessed that they found it hard integrating these approaches into daily life. (6) Is that you? We’re here to help! Let’s talk about osteoporosis and fall risk at your next visit!
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