Pain and inflammation are known companions.
Spinal manipulation has been used to decrease spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show
that the effect of spinal manipulation may go beyond the spine
to possibly control inflammation and its impact
on spine pain. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 reducing that pain is key
to the West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are measurable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can signify normal and abnormal
processes taking place in the body. In the realm of
back pain, researchers have been scrutinizing 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 related the story. A recent biomarker test is brain
imaging. What makes brain imaging interesting? Researchers recognize
that chronic back pain certainly alters the spine
and believe that it alters the brain structure. Imaging of the brain is a non-invasive biomarker capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to study
such variations. (1) Researchers keep thinking up new tests! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is following
these biomarker findings watchfully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain keeps dominating
healthcare as one of the greatest contributors to
disability globally, researchers are researching
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered if there was a contrast in the inflammatory
profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They found
a distinct difference in that there was a
difference between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning
toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another study found 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 Des Moines chiropractor monitor
your back pain in a novel way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa now
heavily relies on gentle spinal manipulation to relieve
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 dropped too. (4) These are encouraging
findings for the implementation of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is excited to see more information about
biomarker-level changes with West Des Moines spinal manipulation!
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how
use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may
well go beyond pain relief.
Make your West Des Moines
chiropractic appointment today. Daily, pain and
inflammation come to our clinic together. Our treatment
helps ease their influence on the lives of
our West Des Moines chiropractic patients.