Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A new report piqued
the attention of Chiropractic Care as it explains the
current state of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
West Palm Beach chiropractor puts forth effort to be the
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
West Palm Beach.
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are of the older persuasion.
They deal with 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 did so more heavily in its beginning professional years. Some massage therapists and
physical therapists are now. Chiropractors are
still most commonly known for their delivery
of spinal manipulation. Medicare sees
it, too. A new study of the clinicians who deliver
spinal manipulation tried to find out more about this since spinal
manipulation was a recommended first-line treatment for low
back pain. They uncovered that 97% to 98% of the spinal
manipulation providers were chiropractors. They served anywhere
from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in one state to
260 out of 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 desired.
Sadly, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors decreased
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other kinds of clinicians
who provide spinal manipulation increased from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the majority of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the overall
supply of them is decreasing while the supply of
non-chiropractors providing 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 organizer
of the Council for Chiropractic Education which established
federal accreditation for chiropractic, always reminded
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 future chiropractors. A recent survey of faculty at
a chiropractic school discovered that 81% of them were trained
in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty agreed
that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator
(52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to
be instructed via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of
the survey responders deemed preclinical technique
courses were a beneficial idea. 81% felt elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Certainly,
exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is
vital to establish a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a productive clinical practice in terms of easing
the pain of spine pain patients. Basing the choice of which
techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have
the best evidence behind them is key. Chiropractic Care welcomes
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic used in this West Palm Beach chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she describes how the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped ease low back pain for this military veteran.
Schedule your next West Palm Beach
chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Care soon. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
Chiropractic Care who performs spinal manipulation every day, keeps
track of the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and relieving
treatment based on research evidence. See you