“Doc, do I have to see you for a long time?”
“Not necessarily, but you may want to!”
Researchers are documenting the support for chiropractic care in the short and long term also known as maintenance care. Benefits include pain relief and return of function in the short term and sustained pain relief, sustained function, and boosted confidence in performing activities of daily living. Moriarty Chiropractic leaves it up to our Nashua chiropractic clients who know themselves and their bodies best.
CHIROPRACTIC RELIEF: TIME, VISITS AND WORSE PAIN, FUNCTION RETURN
A RAND Human Subjects Protection Committee-approved study of chronic back pain (1362) and chronic neck pain (1214) patients analyzed how quickly they got better with chiropractic care and how much functional improvement they felt. These patients were documented as suffering with mild pain for the most part. Back and neck pain reduced, and function recovered gradually over three months of chiropractic care. When frequency of chiropractic visits was considered in the analysis, those with the worst pain had more visits. Only visits more than once a week for chronic low back pain patients made a difference in regards to greater improvement. (1) Studies like this can assist patients with their expectations and payers with their treatment plan decision-making for coverage. Moriarty Chiropractic is so glad to see these types of studies published to share with our Nashua back pain patients.
TREATMENT PLANNING FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF: Chiropractic Maintenance Care
Not all back pain patients are the same. Nashua back pain has all sorts of influences: social, biological, psychological as well. A collection of back pain patients’ response to chiropractic care alone versus multidisciplinary care uncovered a relatively small difference in outcome which makes sense that inserting ancillary care boosts the outcomes. (2) Same with continued chiropractic care. Patients who followed maintenance care recommendations noted fewer pain days and fewer activity-limited days. (3) Back pain patients who observed recommendations for maintenance care valued its being patient-centered. Cost, low availability, and fear of treatment were factors they thought stood in the way of their following recommended maintenance care. (4) One patient with a 13-year history of chiropractic once a month maintenance care including cervical spine long-y distraction for cervical radiculopathy and associated retrolisthesis (backward slipping of one spinal vertebral bone on its spinal neighbors) kept the patient asymptomatic, sustained the spine functioning as best as possible, and brought about a gradual reduction in the cervical spine retrolisthesis. Older neck pain patients who got long-term chiropractic care and exercise for neck pain experienced greater improvement in pain, function, balance, and self-efficacy (confidence in doing daily activities and such). Chiropractic care was thought to improve pain and manage symptoms while exercise bolstered self-efficacy and confidence in being able to stay active and mobile and in being able to self-handle their condition. (6) Moriarty Chiropractic carefully designs a treatment plan for each unique patient for best possible outcomes for each.
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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Robert Borzone on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the benefit of continued chiropractic care with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with a disc herniation.
Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic. Our back pain and neck pain patients don’t have to see us, but many choose to because they feel good and want to stay that way.