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See Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka First for Chronic Low Back Pain

When back pain arises (and/or has turned into chronic low back pain) so too does the concern of which healthcare provider to consult. It is a valid question! Research reports  that the first healthcare provider establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain bout. A new study shared that first-provider chiropractic care was less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka provides individualized treatment plans for Sitka back pain relief and prevention.

CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors

Despite the fact that chronic low back pain is notably common in older adults, research just has not described what contributes to it or to its prevention. One review of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults uncovered an extensive list of issues that may contribute (from being female, obese, anxious, depressed, having had falls in the past, lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational issues like having a job for longer than 10 years that required bending/lifting, etc.) and factors that may prevent chronic low back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These researchers, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka, and our patients would like to know more conclusively what prompts chronic low back pain! Even more desired is direction on what to do about it.


A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals affected the care of back pain. The participants were questioned as to their referrals for certain complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies (meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians said they advocated these approaches when patients requested them. More female than male physicians reported using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as reasoning for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional troubling factor for female back pain patients is that they are consistently seen as having higher levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always a concern in our older patients. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is always prepared to discuss the benefits – recognized by patients and verified by research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare professionals and spine pain patients.


Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients turned up this past month emphasizing how important the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.), opioid prescribing, and cost were higher when consulting certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing which provider first resulted in the least expense without any delay in diagnosis or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Sitka chiropractic care makes sense.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the positive outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who got relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had seen other healthcare providers.               

Make your Sitka chiropractic appointment soon. The question of which healthcare professional to consult arises, remember your Sitka chiropractor!

Sitka chiropractic care like that delivered at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is shown to result in less cost.  
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