Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Back pain care guidelines emphasize non-surgical care approaches like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A new study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) So true! Chiropractors like your Groton chiropractor at Hutter Chiropractic Office welcome that role. Your Groton chiropractor assists Groton back pain and neck pain patients be alleviated of the pain and enhance their quality of life.

New Back Pain Care Guidelines 

The latest guideline for non-surgical treatment of patients whose back pain and/or leg pain just started recommends patient education (including a discussion about prognosis), 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 received chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why do not more patients get chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines drawn up by groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call for non-surgical approaches 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 resulted in a physical therapy referral. A patient with Medicare or Medicaid was even less likely to get a referral. 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 Groton 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 Groton chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Hutter Chiropractic Office, too. Our Groton chiropractic patients view us as the Groton back and neck pain specialists!)  Further, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to visit a chiropractor in the past year. 23% of the chiropractic patients also received 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 the combined care for their spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your Groton chiropractor is ready to share care! Hutter Chiropractic Office is ready to collaborate with your primary care physician whenever possible.

Schedule your Groton chiropractic visit today. Hutter Chiropractic Office will reach out to your primary care physician. We are all on your side and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as called for by the most recent back pain care guidelines and better quality of life for you, our shared Groton back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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