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 the back pain specialists at Vancouver Disc Centers as back
and neck pain relief 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
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.