Hutter Chiropractic Office Respects the Painful Spine with Evidence-Based Care

The spine deserves respect. Hutter Chiropractic Office respects all Groton spines, those in good shape and those in not so good shape. When the spine hurts, it gets attention. The attention the hurting spine gets isn’t always respectful of the guidelines for its pain relief. That fact is getting notice in the medical research. Evidence based guidelines for a painful spine’s care are abundant, but they are not always respected. They are published but not always read or implemented. The spine deserves better. Your Groton chiropractor respects the spine and matches its trouble to the best evidence-based protocol for its relief which is many times non-surgical and non-drug.

CLINICAL GUIDELINES AND APPROACHES

What is recommended and/or favorable for spine pain often delivered even in Groton? The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians advocate spinal manipulation for low back pain. (1) Flexion distraction (aka Cox Technic) and manual therapy using joint mobilization techniques and flexion distraction is reported to be effective for low back pain relief. (2) Spinal manipulation as a conservative treatment should be tried by patients with chronic low back pain and low back pain related disability. (3) Flexion distraction delivers clinically meaningful improvement in pain by 79% and disability by 70% at 14.5 months follow-up. (4) Research notes that surgical methods and outcomes vary from place to place for patients with the same condition. It invites standardization of care and the establishment of international guidelines based about what works best according to such evidence. (5) Hutter Chiropractic Office agrees that published guidelines documenting what is most effective need to be respected.

CLINICAL REALITY

What is really going on? A recently published article that reviewed the care of Canadian spine pain patients sent for spine surgery came out and wrote that “Surgeons do not use clinical practice guidelines before spine surgery.” What did they do? Prescribed medications to 74.2% of them 46.3% of whom got opioids.  61.1% of patients tried two or fewer non-surgical forms of treatment. The article proposes that if patients attempted to use evidence-based non-operative treatments before a spine surgery consultation, fewer would be referred and, in Canada, fewer would get worse as they have to wait so long to see the surgeon. (6) Lumbar cage fusion rates increased from 3.6% to 58% in 5 years that resulted in higher complication risk without any improvement in disability or reoperation rates. (7) Hutter Chiropractic Office delivers Groton chiropractic spine care with less intrusive, more effective means, specifically with the evidence-based protocols of Cox Technic.

MAKE A Groton CHIROPRACTIC APPOINTMENT

Listen to this PODCAST with medical doctor, Dr. David Moen, who supports non-surgical care of back pain with chiropractic for less costly and unnecessary medical care.

Schedule a Groton chiropractic consultation today with the Groton spine specialist at Hutter Chiropractic Office where your hurting spine is seen with respect and relieving care as evidence documents best.

 
 
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