Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

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 of patients whose back pain and/or leg pain just started 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 approaches 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 today. Share the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side and desire 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.


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