Satterwhite Chiropractic Respects the Painful Spine with Evidence-Based Care

The spine merits respect. Satterwhite Chiropractic respects all Oxford spines, those in good shape and those in not so good shape. When the spine hurts, it demands attention. The attention the hurting spine gets isn’t always respectful of the guidelines for its pain relief. That fact is getting notice in the medical research. Evidence based guidelines for a painful spine’s care are plentiful, but they are not always respected. They are published but not always read or implemented. The spine deserves better. Your Oxford chiropractor respects the spine and matches its trouble to the best evidence-based protocol for its relief which is many times non-surgical and non-drug.

CLINICAL GUIDELINES AND APPROACHES

What is recommended and/or beneficial for spine pain often delivered even in Oxford? The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians endorse spinal manipulation for low back pain. (1) Flexion distraction (aka Cox Technic) and manual therapy using joint mobilization techniques and flexion distraction is reported to be effective for low back pain relief. (2) Conservative treatment in the form of spinal manipulation should be undertaken by patients with chronic low back pain and disability related to low back pain. (3) Flexion distraction delivers clinically significant improvement in pain by 79% and disability by 70% at 14.5 months follow-up. (4) Research states that surgical approaches and outcomes vary from place to place for patients with the same condition. It beckons standardization of care and the establishment of international guidelines built regarding what works best according to such evidence. (5) Satterwhite Chiropractic agrees that published guidelines showing what is best need to be respected.

CLINICAL REALITY

What is really going on? A recently published article that reviewed the care of Canadian spine pain patients referred for spine surgery bluntly reported that “Surgeons do not use clinical practice guidelines before spine surgery.” What did they do? Prescribed medications to 74.2% of them 46.3% of whom got opioids.  61.1% of patients tried two or fewer non-surgical forms of treatment. The article proposes that if patients attempted to use evidence-based non-operative treatments before a spine surgery consultation, fewer would be referred and, in Canada, fewer would deteriorate as they have to wait such a long time to see the surgeon. (6) Lumbar cage fusion rates increased from 3.6% to 58% in 5 years that resulted in higher complication risk without any improvement in disability or reoperation rates. (7) Satterwhite Chiropractic offers Oxford chiropractic spine care with less intrusive, more effective means, particularly with the evidence-based protocols of Cox Technic.

MAKE A Oxford CHIROPRACTIC APPOINTMENT

Listen to this PODCAST with medical doctor, Dr. David Moen, who supports non-surgical care of back pain with chiropractic for less costly and unnecessary medical care.

Schedule a Oxford chiropractic consultation now with the Oxford spine specialist at Satterwhite Chiropractic where your hurting spine is seen with respect and relieving care as evidence documents best.

 
 
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