Pain and inflammation are known companions. Spinal manipulation has been used to reduce spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show that the effect of spinal manipulation may extend beyond the spine to potentially mediate inflammation and its influence on spine pain. Moriarty Chiropractic sees improvement in our spine pain patients in several ways: pain reduction, function improvement, etc. The roles of inflammation in back pain and of spinal manipulation in decreasing that pain is core to the Nashua chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are quantifiable indicators of body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing, imaging, etc. Biomarkers can signify normal and abnormal processes occurring in the body. In the area of back pain, researchers have been scrutinizing blood testable biomarkers like tumor necrosis factor (TNFα), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), IL-6, IL-2, interferon (IFN), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), TNF soluble receptor type 2 (sTNFR2) and IL-10 to related the story. A recent biomarker test is brain imaging. What makes brain imaging interesting? Researchers recognize that chronic back pain certainly alters the spine and suggest that it changes the brain structure. Brain imaging is a non-invasive biomarker capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to study such variations. (1) Researchers continue thinking up new tests! Moriarty Chiropractic is following these biomarker findings carefully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate healthcare as one of the greatest contributors to disability globally, researchers are researching biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered if there was a difference in the inflammatory profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They discovered a distinct difference in that there was an imbalance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of patients. (2) Another report found that C-reactive protein in patients with acute non-specific low back pain and TNF-α in chronic non-specific low back pain patients were elevated. (3) These kinds of tests may help your Nashua chiropractor observe your back pain in a new way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL MANIPULATION
The chiropractic treatment plan at Moriarty Chiropractic now heavily relies on gentle spinal manipulation to ease pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the beginning of and 2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment found significant (though limited and diverse) alterations in the production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain and disability scores dropped as well. (4) These are encouraging findings for the implementation of spinal manipulation for back pain. Moriarty Chiropractic is excited to learn more about biomarker-level changes with Nashua spinal manipulation!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may well go beyond pain relief.
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