Guidelines for back pain care
emphasize non-surgical care approaches
like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A recent
study just came out and said that “Chiropractic is one of the
largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) So
true! Chiropractors like your Pflugerville chiropractor at Pflugerville Wellness Center
welcome that role. Your Pflugerville
chiropractor assists Pflugerville back pain and neck pain
patients get relief of the pain and improve
their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment
for recent onset back and/or leg pain recommends patient education (incorporating
a talk about treatment outcome), 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 seek chiropractic
care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults got
chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why don’t more patients get
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 methods like spinal manipulation. (3) Even
the physical therapists are upset! “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?
The primary care physicians wrote opioid prescriptions more
and more. (4) Your Pflugerville chiropractor proposes
a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.
Why Patients See a Chiropractor
But what motivates a visit to a
chiropractor like your Pflugerville chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for
back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Pflugerville Wellness Center,
too. Our Pflugerville chiropractic patients view us as the Pflugerville
back and neck pain specialists!) Additionally,
adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to consult a chiropractor in the past year. 23%
of the chiropractic patients also had 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% reported
that having medical and chiropractic care was helpful. (1) Your
Pflugerville chiropractor is excited to combine care! Pflugerville Wellness Center is ready to cooperate with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Pflugerville chiropractic appointment
the name of your primary care physician. We are all with you
and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the latest back pain care guidelines and improved
quality of life for you, our shared Pflugerville back pain
patient or neck pain patient.