Pain and inflammation are known companions.
Spinal manipulation has been utilized to reduce spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show
that the effect of spinal manipulation may go beyond the spine
to possibly control inflammation and its impact
on spine pain. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka sees improvement in our spine pain
patients on several fronts: pain reduction,
function improvement, etc. The roles of inflammation in back
pain and of spinal manipulation in reducing that pain is core
to the Sitka chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are measurable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can indicate normal and abnormal
processes taking place in the body. In the area of
back pain, researchers have been looking to 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 tell the story. A recent biomarker test is brain
imaging. Why brain? Researchers realize
that chronic back pain surely changes the spine
and believe that it changes the brain structure. Imaging of the brain is a non-invasive biomarker able
to produce brain resting-state functional connectivity to study
such variations. (1) Researchers continue thinking up new tests! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is following
these biomarker findings watchfully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate
healthcare as one of the most significant contributors to
disability around the globe, researchers are studying
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wanted to
know 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 a
difference between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels noting an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another study revealed 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 higher. (3) These types
of tests may help your Sitka chiropractor observe
your back pain in a new way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka now
is based on gentle spinal manipulation to reduce
pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the beginning of and
2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment documented
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 beneficial
findings for the implementation of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is excited to see more information about
biomarker-level changes with Sitka spinal manipulation!
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
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.
Schedule your Sitka
chiropractic appointment soon. Daily, pain and
inflammation come to our clinic together. Our treatment
helps ease their impact on the lives of
our Sitka chiropractic patients.