Back pain care guidelines
recommend non-surgical care methods
like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A new
study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the
largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) Yes! Chiropractors like your Watertown chiropractor at Watertown Wellness Center
embrace that responsibility. Your Watertown
chiropractor assists Watertown back pain and neck pain
patients get relief of the pain and enhance
their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The latest guideline for non-surgical treatment
of patients whose back pain and/or leg
pain just started advocates patient education (incorporating
a talk about treatment outcome), 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 received
chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why do not more patients get
chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines written 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 resulted in a physical therapy referral. If a patient
were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. Where
do these low back pain and leg pain
patients go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica?
They received opioid prescriptions more
and more. (4) Your Watertown chiropractor offers
a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.
Why Patients See a Chiropractor
But what motivates a visit to a
chiropractor like your Watertown chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for
back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Watertown Wellness Center,
too. Our Watertown chiropractic patients see the back pain specialists at Watertown Wellness Center as back
and neck pain relief specialists!) Further,
adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to check
in with a chiropractor in the past 12 months. 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
Watertown chiropractor is fully open to
combining care! Watertown Wellness Center is ready to cooperate with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Watertown chiropractic visit
today. Watertown Wellness Center will reach out to your primary care physician. We are all with you
and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as
called for by the most recent back pain care guidelines and improved
quality of life for you, our mutual Watertown back pain
patient or neck pain patient.