The spine deserves respect. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic respects all Augusta spines, those healthy and those hurting. When the spine hurts, it gets attention. The attention the hurting spine gets is not 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 abound, but they are not always respected. They are published but not always read or implemented. The spine deserves better. Your Augusta chiropractor respects the spine and coordinates its trouble to the best evidence-based protocol for its relief which is frequently non-surgical and non-drug.
CLINICAL GUIDELINES AND APPROACHES
What is recommended and/or beneficial for spine pain often provided even in Augusta? The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians recommend 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) Spinal manipulation as a conservative treatment should be attempted by patients with chronic low back pain and low back pain related disability. (3) Flexion distraction delivers clinically meaningful improvement in pain by 79% and disability by 70% at 14.5 months follow-up. (4) Research reports that surgical methods and outcomes differ from place to place for patients with the same condition. It beckons standardization of care and the establishment of international guidelines based about what works best according to such evidence. (5) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic agrees that published guidelines documenting what is best need to be respected.
What is being done? A recently released article that assessed the care of Canadian spine pain patients sent 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 less non-surgical forms of treatment. The article suggests 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 get worse as they have to wait so long to get to the surgeon. (6) Lumbar cage fusion rates rose from 3.6% to 58% in 5 years that lead to increased complication risk without any improvement in disability or reoperation rates. (7) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers Augusta chiropractic spine care with less invasive, more effective means, specifically with the evidence-based protocols of Cox Technic.
MAKE A Augusta 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 Augusta chiropractic consultation today with the Augusta spine specialist at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic where your hurting spine is met with respect and relieving care as evidence reports as being best.