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Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Guidelines for back pain care emphasize non-surgical care treatments like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A recent study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) Yes! Chiropractors like your Chicago chiropractor at Chiropractic Care embrace that role. Your Chicago chiropractor assists Chicago 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 advocates patient education (including a talk about treatment outcome), 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 out 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 written by groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call for non-surgical methods 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. If a patient were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. 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 often. (4) Your Chicago chiropractor offers a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.

Why Patients See a Chiropractor 

But what inspires a visit to a chiropractor like your Chicago chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Chiropractic Care, too. Our Chicago chiropractic patients see the back pain specialists at Chiropractic Care as back and neck pain relief specialists!)  Further, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more likely to check in with a chiropractor in the past 12 months. 23% of the chiropractic patients also had a prescription for their back pain. 35% of them used over the counter medications for the same issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% reported that having medical and chiropractic care was helpful. (1) Your Chicago chiropractor is ready to share care! Chiropractic Care is ready to collaborate with your primary care physician whenever possible.

Schedule your Chicago chiropractic appointment today. Share the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as called for by the most recent back pain care guidelines and improved quality of life for you, our mutual Chicago back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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