When back pain comes up (and/or has turned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the concern of
which healthcare provider to see. It is
a valid question! Research maintains that the first healthcare provider
sets the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain flare-up.
A new study reported that first-provider chiropractic care endedup
being less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic delivers individualized treatment plans for Montreal
back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Even though chronic low back
pain is notably common in older adults, research just hasn’t
defined what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One analysis of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults uncovered
an extensive list of issues that may contribute (from being
female, obese, anxious, depressed, having fallen,
lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational requirements
like having a job for longer than 10 years that required
bending/lifting, etc.) and issues that may prevent chronic low
back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These
researchers, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic, and our patients would like to know more conclusively
what prompts chronic low back pain!
Even more desired is guidance on what to do about it.
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals
affected the care of back pain. The participants
were questioned as to their referrals for particular
complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements,
chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies
(meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians stated
they recommended these approaches when patients requested them. More female than male physicians reported
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as justification
for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional concerning
factor for female back pain patients is that they are consistently
noted as having higher levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always a concern in our older patients. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is always prepared to share the benefits
– perceived by patients and verified by
research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare
providers and spine pain sufferers.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients surfaced this past month highlighting how influential
the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back
pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.),
opioid prescribing, and cost were higher when seeing
certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary
care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing
which provider first was the least expensive without any detrimental effect on diagnosis
or serious illness? The chiropractor! When it comes to
back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Montreal chiropractic care
CONTACT Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the positive
outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who found
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had seen
other healthcare professionals.
Make your Montreal chiropractic
appointment today. The question of which healthcare provider
to see arises, think of your