Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report piqued
the attention of Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office as it describes the
current status of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
Groton chiropractor puts forth effort to be the
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older.
They face conditions like back
pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What’s
the first line of treatment suggested? Spinal manipulation.
Which profession historically provides the majority of
spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy provided SMT more heavily in its early professional years. Some massage therapists and
physical therapists do now. Chiropractors remain most commonly known for their delivery
of spinal manipulation. Medicare sees
it as well. A new study of the clinicians who use
spinal manipulation tried to find out more about this since spinal
manipulation was a suggested first-line treatment for low
back pain. They found that 97% to 98% of the spinal
manipulation providers were chiropractors. They treated anywhere
from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in one state to
260 per 100,000 in another state. Not every location has enough chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers care
for 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are used.
Unfortunately, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors fell
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other types of clinicians
who provide spinal manipulation increased from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the largest group of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the general
supply of them is decreasing while the supply of
non-chiropractors offering spinal manipulation is rising.
(1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox recalls Dr. Joseph
Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and founder
of the Council for Chiropractic Education which set up
federal accreditation for chiropractic, always told
the “young doctors” - as he called the chiropractic students
he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic schools aim to include
evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of chiropractors
of the future. A new survey of faculty at
a chiropractic school found that 81% of them were trained
in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty concurred
that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator
(52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to
be taught via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of
the survey responders deemed preclinical technique
courses were a beneficial idea. 81% reported that they
thought elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Certainly,
exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is
vital to set up a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a successful clinical practice in terms of relieving
the pain of spine pain patients. Grounding the choice of which
techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have
the best evidence behind them is key. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office appreciates
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic delivered in this Groton chiropractic clinic.
CONTACT Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she illustrates how the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped ease low back pain for this military veteran.
Schedule your next Groton
chiropractic appointment with Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office now. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office who delivers spinal manipulation every day, follows the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and relieving
treatment based on research evidence. We look forward to seeing you!