Back pain comes. Back pain lingers
occasionally. Back pain leaves for while or
longer or shorter! Whatever its path, back pain annoys its sufferer who just wants it to leave.
The hope of a quick fixing pill is strong. The desire
for relief is tenacious. Surgical versus non-surgical,
drug versus non-drug, conservative versus more invasive approaches
are available. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka offers conservative, non-drug,
non-surgical, chiropractic care for the relief of Sitka back pain and neck pain
RADICULAR BACK PAIN CARE
Radicular low back pain – the
back pain that radiates down the leg – is often the most irritating.
Researchers noted that chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy
and benzodiazepine drugs were commonly prescribed.
They asked how spinal manipulation influenced
the use of the benzodiazepine drugs in patients aged 18-49 years of age.
The odds of receiving a prescription for a benzodiazepine were
significantly less for those receiving
chiropractic spinal manipulation. The risk did go up a
bit as the back pain stayed: 3 months .56, 6 months
.61, and 12 months .67. The researchers also questioned whether
a patient’s preference to avoid prescription medications affected
this. Their sensitivity analysis didn’t have anything to do with
the odds. The study concluded that
chiropractic spinal manipulation care significantly reduced the
odds of a prescription for and influenced the use of
benzodiazepine for radicular low back pain. The patients in the study who began
with the chiropractic manipulation path were more prone to get
published guideline-directed care for benzodiazepine prescription. (1) This is
positive news for Sitka back pain sufferers wondering
where to go for their back pain: Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka!
OPIOID PRESCRIPTION FOR BACK PAIN
Back pain sufferers with acute onset, preliminary
episode of back pain commonly go to the emergency room for assistance.
Opioid prescribing in the ER was reported
as not always adhering to clinical guidelines which recommended
limited use. Researchers back in 2016 reported that such early opioid prescribing for uncomplicated acute low
back pain increased the long-term use of opioids as
well as the cost of care part from the fact that
there are an assortment of adverse outcomes linked to opioid use. (2) Sitka back pain sufferers finding their way to Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka discover other non-drug
care that is recommended for back pain relief.
RECOMMENDED BACK PAIN TREATMENT OPTIONS
The American College of Physicians published recommendations
for care of low back pain in 2009. (3) Spinal manipulation was a recommended
first-line treatment for low back pain in adults. 97%-98% of spinal manipulation providers
were chiropractors. (4) A 2021 follow-up report on whether these recommendations
were followed revealed some interesting facts. A
Gallup poll of 5377 random people gave rise to 545 low back
pain sufferers who sought case from a medical doctor in
the past 12 months. They were asked what form of care
their medical doctor recommended and if they followed the
recommended care. 96% said they were given a recommendation
of one or more pain treatments. 81% said their medical doctor advised
drug and non-drug therapies. 76% - NSAIDs and acetaminophen. 79% - self-care
treatments. 37% - massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation. 60% - physical
therapy. Nearly 66% said prescriptions (benzodiazepine, opioids,
gabapentin, Neurontin, cortisone injections) were recommended.
Follow through on the recommendations by patients varied from 68%
for acupuncture to 94% for NSAIDs. (5) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka deliveres
safe, gentle spinal manipulation as recommended by the guidelines and
encourages follow through with care.
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relief with The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for low back pain patients.
Make your Sitka chiropractic
appointment now. Back pain - be it new or
old, sudden or lingering – may well find relief in
recommended spinal manipulation care at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka.