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See Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC First for Chronic Low Back Pain

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 it.


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.


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 makes sense.

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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!

La Grande chiropractic care like that delivered at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is shown to result in lower cost.  
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