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Colorado Springs Chiropractic Healthy News - March 2018

 

CHOOSING WISELY (1) – WHAT TO DO ABOUT BACK PAIN

Healthcare professions are setting forth recommendations for practitioners to adhere to when delivering health care in hopes of opening conversations between patients and their healthcare providers and among healthcare providers themselves. Your Colorado Springs chiropractor at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is always ready for such a conversation about Colorado Springs back pain. Back pain is a big health concern distressing 80% of us in Colorado Springs at some point in life. Back pain is managed by many sorts of physicians in many types of professional societies. Their societal recommendations are comparable regarding imaging (Do not perform in the first six weeks of pain unless there are “red flags.”), trying non-surgical care before imaging and/or referring for back surgery, and moving the patient care from passive care to active care. More precisely, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation recommends not ordering repeat epidural steroid injections without checking for the reaction to the latter one and not prescribing opioid drugs for acute disabling low back pain without assessment and a trial of other alternatives. (2) The American Chiropractic Association recommends not performing repeat imaging to monitor progress of care, not getting spinal imaging for acute low back pain in the first 6 weeks of pain unless red flags are present, and staying away from long term usage of passive care but instead move the patient to active care. (3) The American College of Emergency Room Physicians recommends avoiding lumbar spine imaging in non-traumatic back pain unless there are severe or progressive neurological deficits or a suspicion of an underlying issue. (4) The American College of Physicians recommends not ordering imaging studies in patients with non-specific low back pain. (5) The North American Spine Society recommends not suggesting bed rest for more than 48 hours for low back pain, not ordering EMG studies to figure out the cause of spine pain, and not doing advanced spinal imaging (ex MRI) within the first 6 weeks of non-specific acute low back pain devoid of red flags. (6) The Danish Health Authority recommends not sending patients for back surgery for a lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy except if the severe and debilitating back pain continues for 12 weeks despite non-surgical treatment. (7) It is up to you, the Colorado Springs back pain patient or concerned loved one, to choose wisely the course of care for back pain relief. Use these professions’ recommendations for back pain care to begin a conversation with your Colorado Springs chiropractor, your Colorado Springs back pain specialist, at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR as you decide on the type of care appropriate for your Colorado Springs back pain relief.

Listen to this PODCAST from the Back Doctors' Podcast series about two cases of back pain helped with Cox Technic, one with imaging and all sorts of care and the second case without any imaging studies.

 
 

TIP OF THE MONTH: Try Non-Surgical Interventions for Colorado Springs Back Pain

Common Colorado Springs non-surgical interventions for Colorado Springs back pain relief are pain medications, exercise, manual manipulation, massage, and heat/ice. (8, 9) Included in the top non-surgical interventions to try before Colorado Springs back surgery is spinal manipulation (10) of which 90% (11) is delivered by chiropractors. The Cox Technic System of Spine Carespinal manipulation with exercise, nutrition and passive care for pain and inflammation reduction with increased active care importance as pain decreases – matches Choosing Wisely recommendations as it seeks 50% relief of pain within 30 days of care (which is more than the 30% or greater improvement in self-reported pain and function pursued by medicine [12]) before advanced imaging or surgical referral without red flags. Bring your Colorado Springs back pain to The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR! Make it your first Colorado Springs back pain relief healthcare stop!

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