"Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." This is specifically true when it comes to back pain. Think of your Watertown chiropractor first. Timely care for back pain and extremity pain is important. Watertown Wellness Center relieves lower back pain non-invasively, safely, and gently.
At your Watertown chiropractic clinic, it is very standard to see patients who tell us that they have had their back pain for two to three months. They assumed (or rather hoped) it would just "go away on its own". Most of us to have this approach to handling health issues, but we also know it can be a mistake, correct? Well, let's consider back pain and how a delay of care may affect its course.
Watertown Wellness Center wants you to know that when lower back pain develops into chronic, meaning it is present for longer than three months, patients are 2 to 4 times more likely to have poor short and longer term outcomes of their pain and lower back pain conditions. The Department of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York reports this. (1) Their study of 894 back pain patients followed up at 1 week and 3 months shows that
- Two-thirds of them state functional disability 1 week after an emergency department visit for non-traumatic musculoskeletal low back pain.
- Nearly half report functional disability 3 months later.
The hypothesized predictors for continued back pain are
- low back pain-related functional disability at baseline
- radicular signs
- a work-related injury
- a history of chronic or recurrent lower back pain before the index episode.
It is often stated that if no treatments were given to patients with back pain and/or extremity pain that 90% of them would be well in 6 weeks. You've probably even heard that in Watertown back pain conversations. Well, an international review of 11 studies from Australia, United States, and Europe shows otherwise. Patients with lower back pain for less than 3 months' duration in primary care settings had the following outcomes:
- In the first 3 months, recovery is observed in 33% of patients.
- At one year after onset, 65% still report pain.
- 71% at 12 months for studies that considered total absence of pain as a criterion for recovery
- 57% at 12 months for studies that used a less stringent definition of pain
- Australian studies found 41% continued with pain versus 69% for European or US studies.
In conclusion, this review displays that the assumption that impromptu recovery of back pain occurs in a large majority of patients is not justified. (2)
So don't put off skilled Watertown chiropractic assessment of your spine problem and pain. Consult your Watertown chiropractor today. At Watertown Wellness Center you will find the proper examination and treatment plan for your spinal health.