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 Shoreline Medical Services/ 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 Shoreline Medical Services/ 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! Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is ready to collaborate with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Groton chiropractic visit
the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side
and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the most recent back pain care guidelines and improved
quality of life for you, our shared Groton back pain
patient or neck pain patient.
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