When back pain comes up (and/or has transitioned
into chronic low back pain) so too does the concern of
which healthcare provider to see. It is
a valid question! Research maintains that the first healthcare provider
establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain bout.
A new study shared that first-provider chiropractic care was less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals.
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC delivers individualized treatment plans for La Grande
back pain relief and prevention.
CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors
Despite the fact that chronic low back
pain is notably common in older adults, research just has not
defined what contributes to it or to its
prevention. One review of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults uncovered
an extensive list of factors that may contribute (from being
female, obese, anxious, depressed, having fallen,
lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational requirements
like having a job for longer than 10 years that demanded
bending/lifting, etc.) and issues that may prevent chronic low
back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These
researchers, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC, and our patients would like to know more definitively
what prompts chronic low back pain!
Even more wanted is direction on how to handle
REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE
A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals
affected the care of back pain. The participants
were questioned as to their referrals for certain
complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements,
chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies
(meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians said
they endorsed these approaches when patients requested them. More female than male physicians answered
using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as justification
for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional troubling
factor for female back pain sufferers is that they are consistently
seen as having higher levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always of concern in our older patients. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is always ready to share the benefits
– perceived by patients and verified by
research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare
professionals and spine pain sufferers.
CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP
Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients appeared this past month highlighting how influential
the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back
pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.),
opioid prescribing, and cost were greater when seeing
certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary
care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing
which provider first was the least expensive without any detrimental effect on diagnosis
or serious illness? The chiropractor! When it comes to
back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, La Grande chiropractic care
CONTACT Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the positive
outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who found
relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had consulted
other healthcare providers.
Schedule your La Grande chiropractic
appointment soon. The question of which healthcare professional
to consult arises, think of your
La Grande chiropractor!