Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report drew the attention of Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic as it details the current status of spinal manipulation delivery. Your Augusta chiropractor endeavors to be your spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in Augusta.
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older. They deal with spine issues like back pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What’s the first line of treatment suggested? Spinal manipulation. Which profession historically gives the majority of spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy provided SMT more heavily in its beginning professional years. Some massage therapists and physical therapists do today. Chiropractors remain most commonly recognized for their providing spinal manipulation. Medicare recognizes it, too. A recent study of the clinicians who use spinal manipulation tried to discover more about this since spinal manipulation was a recommended first-line treatment for low back pain. They found that 97% to 98% of the spinal manipulation providers were chiropractors. They served anywhere from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in a state to 260 out of 100,000 in another state. Not every location has enough chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers take care of 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are desired. Unfortunately, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors decreased from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other types of clinicians who deliver spinal manipulation grew from 700 to 1441. Even though chiropractors are the majority of spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the general supply of them is decreasing while the supply of non-chiropractors offering spinal manipulation is rising. (1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox recalls Dr. Joseph Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and organizer of the Council for Chiropractic Education that established federal accreditation for chiropractic, always told the “young doctors” - as he called the chiropractic students he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOLS
Chiropractic schools aim to include evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of chiropractors of the future. A recent survey of faculty at a chiropractic school found that 81% of them were skilled in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty concurred that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator (52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to be instructed via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of the survey responders considered preclinical technique courses were a beneficial idea. 81% reported that they thought elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Surely, exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is important to set up a future chiropractor’s foundation for a productive clinical practice in terms of easing the pain of spine pain patients. Basing the choice of which techniques to teach on those that have the best evidence behind them is important. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic welcomes all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox® Technic delivered in this Augusta chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped relieve low back pain for this military veteran.
Set up your next Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic soon. Entrust your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic who performs spinal manipulation every day, follows the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and relieving treatment based on research evidence. See you soon!