Pain and inflammation are known companions.
Spinal manipulation has been utilized to decrease 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. Pflugerville Wellness Center views improvement in our spine pain
patients on many fronts: pain reduction,
function improvement, etc. The functions of inflammation in back
pain and of spinal manipulation in reducing that pain is key
to the Pflugerville chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are quantifiable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can signify normal and abnormal
processes occurring in the body. In the area of
back pain, researchers have been scrutinizing 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 related the story. A newer biomarker test is brain
imaging. Why brain? Researchers realize
that chronic back pain surely alters the spine
and believe that it changes the brain structure. Imaging of the brain is a non-invasive biomarker capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to study
such variations. (1) Researchers continue coming
up with new tests! Pflugerville Wellness Center is following
these biomarker findings carefully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate
healthcare as one of the greatest contributors to
disability globally, researchers are researching
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered if there was a difference in the inflammatory
profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They found
a distinct difference in that there was a disparity between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning
toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another report found 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 Pflugerville chiropractor follow
your back pain in a novel way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Pflugerville Wellness Center currently
heavily relies 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 fell as well. (4) These are beneficial
findings for the use of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Pflugerville Wellness Center is excited to learn more about
biomarker-level changes with Pflugerville spinal manipulation!
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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 surpass pain relief.
Schedule your Pflugerville
chiropractic appointment today. Daily, pain and
inflammation come through our door together. Our treatment
helps reduce their impact on the lives of
our Pflugerville chiropractic patients.