THE ‘SUPERMARKET’ OF BACK PAIN CARE OPTIONS: How to Choose?
“Supermarkets” are amazing for food shopping but not so much so for attaining relief of Augusta back pain, grasping the basis of back pain, nor getting up in the morning without pain and welcoming the day. A new back pain sufferer may well get lost in this “supermarket” of healthcare choices. Researchers came up with this comparison of back pain care options to goods on shelves in a supermarket as they witnessed this at their meetings where the latest in back pain care options were touted next to each other with each approach’s supporters sharing their experience (some with solid, accurately presented research evidence, some without). (1) It’s no wonder that back pain sufferers – who are not alone with a lifetime likelihood of low back pain for all of us being 85% (2) – are dazed and unable to make a choice. This is where our teamwork comes in handy. You share your expectations. We will share the best evidence in creating a treatment plan to help you recover. Researchers analyzed patient preferences and goals for non-surgical treatment of chronic low back pain and discovered that these are critical to patient outcomes. (3) YOUR goals of care are key: Do you want to walk further? Sleep better? Understand your pain more thoroughly? YOUR preferences for care are important: Do you feel spinal manipulation is for you? Or supervised rehab? Or psychotherapy?? Supervised therapy? Talk to a therapist?]33] As your Augusta chiropractor, I want to hear what you want. They will direct your care and improve your clinical outcomes. We know that conservative care for 4 to 6 weeks is recommended (in the absence of progressive neurological deficits and/or cauda equina syndrome) before imaging. (4) We also recognize that spinal manipulation is one of the top conservative recommended treatments. (5) When you are experiencing back pain, let us be your personal shopper, finding you the approach of chiropractic services to help you best!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes both The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management as well as the healthcare path for back pain relief that is often perplexing and non-congruent with current recommendations for the non-surgical, conservative care of back pain.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Consider Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric
Turmeric (curcuma longa L.) is a plant well-known for its anti-inflammatory aspects due to its polyphenolic curcuminoids. In a scoping review of published papers, researchers concluded that current evidence is great that suggests clinical benefit from taking turmeric for its anti-inflammatory benefits, especially in inflammation-associated diseases like obesity-related metabolic disorders or musculoskeletal disorders (like back and neck pain). (6) Researchers always call for more research to conclusively recommend dosages and formulations. In the meantime, we can have a conversation about how turmeric’s addition to your nutrition plan may benefit your pain relief and healing.
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