Pain and inflammation are known companions.
Spinal manipulation has been used to reduce spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show
that the effect of spinal manipulation may extend beyond the spine
to potentially mediate inflammation and its impact
on spine pain. Chiropractic Care sees improvement in our spine pain
patients on many fronts: pain reduction,
function improvement, etc. The roles of inflammation in back
pain and of spinal manipulation in decreasing that pain is core
to the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are measurable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can indicate normal and abnormal
processes occurring in the body. In the area of
back pain, researchers have been looking to blood testable
biomarkers like tumor necrosis factor (TNFα), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), IL-6,
IL-2, interferon (IFN), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), TNF soluble
receptor type 2 (sTNFR2) and IL-10 to tell the story. A recent biomarker test is brain
imaging. Why brain? Researchers realize
that chronic back pain surely alters the spine
and suggest that it alters the brain structure. Brain
imaging is a non-invasive biomarker able
to produce brain resting-state functional connectivity to study
such variations. (1) Researchers continue thinking up new tests! Chiropractic Care is observing
these biomarker findings watchfully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate
healthcare as one of the greatest contributors to
disability globally, researchers are studying
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wanted to
know if there was a contrast in the inflammatory
profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They discovered
a distinct difference in that there was an imbalance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels noting an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another report revealed that C-reactive
protein in patients with acute non-specific low back pain and TNF-α in chronic
non-specific low back pain patients were higher. (3) These types
of tests may help your West Palm Beach chiropractor monitor
your back pain in a new way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Chiropractic Care currently
is based on gentle spinal manipulation to reduce
pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the beginning of and
2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment documented
significant (though limited and diverse) changes in the
production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain
and disability scores fell too. (4) These are encouraging
findings for the implementation of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Chiropractic Care is excited to learn more about
biomarker-level changes with West Palm Beach spinal manipulation!
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses how
use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may
well surpass pain relief.
Schedule your West Palm Beach
chiropractic appointment today. Daily, pain and
inflammation come through our door together. Our treatment
helps ease their influence on the lives of
our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients.