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Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Guidelines for back pain care emphasize non-surgical care methods like spinal manipulation. So who delivers non-surgical care? A new study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) Yes! Chiropractors like your Vancouver chiropractor at Vancouver Disc Centers embrace that responsibility. Your Vancouver chiropractor helps Vancouver back pain and neck pain patients get relief of the pain and enhance their quality of life.

New Back Pain Care Guidelines 

The latest guideline for non-surgical treatment of patients whose back pain and/or leg pain just started recommends patient education (including a discussion about prognosis), exercise (advice to keep active) and manual therapy, not routine imaging, targeted treatment, extraforaminal glucocorticoid injection, paracetamol, NSAIDs and opioids. (2) Chiropractic offers all three!

Who Sees a Chiropractor? 

24% of US adults pursue chiropractic care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults received chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why do not more patients seek chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines written by groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call for non-surgical approaches like spinal manipulation. (3) Even the physical therapists are frustrated! “Although therapies delivered by PTs are promoted as a first-line treatment for low back pain, PT referral rates remain low.” Only 10.1% of primary care provider visits for low back pain ended with a physical therapy referral. If a patient were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. Where do these low back pain and leg pain patients go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica? They received opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your Vancouver chiropractor offers a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.

Why Patients See a Chiropractor 

But what inspires a visit to a chiropractor like your Vancouver chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Vancouver Disc Centers, too. Our Vancouver chiropractic patients view us as the Vancouver back and neck pain specialists!)  Additionally, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to check in with a chiropractor in the past year. 23% of the chiropractic patients also received a prescription for their back pain. 35% of them used over the counter medications for the issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% thought the combined care for their spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your Vancouver chiropractor is excited to combine care! Vancouver Disc Centers is ready to work as a team with your primary care physician whenever possible.

Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic visit today. Share the name of your primary care physician. We are all with you and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as called for by the latest back pain care guidelines and better quality of life for you, our mutual Vancouver back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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