Guidelines for back pain care
emphasize non-surgical care approaches
like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A recent
study just came out and said that “Chiropractic is one of the
largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) Yes! Chiropractors like your West Des Moines chiropractor at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
accept that responsibility. Your West Des Moines
chiropractor assists West Des Moines back pain and neck pain
patients get relief of the pain and enhance
their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment
for recent onset back and/or leg pain 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 got
chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why do not more patients seek
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 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 ended with a physical therapy referral. If a patient
were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. Where
do these patients with low back pain and leg pain go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica?
They received opioid prescriptions more
and more. (4) Your West Des Moines chiropractor proposes
a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.
Why Patients See a Chiropractor
But what prompts a visit to a
chiropractor like your West Des Moines chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for
back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds right for Executive Chiropractic of Iowa,
too. Our West Des Moines chiropractic patients see us as the West Des Moines
back and neck pain specialists!) Further,
adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more likely to visit a chiropractor in the last year. 23%
of the chiropractic patients also had 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 having medical and chiropractic care was helpful. (1) Your
West Des Moines chiropractor is fully open to
combining care! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is ready to work
as a team with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment
the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side
and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the latest back pain care guidelines and better
quality of life for you, our shared West Des Moines back pain
patient or neck pain patient.