Back pain care guidelines endorse non-surgical care approaches like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A recent study just came out and said that “Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) So true! Chiropractors like your Augusta chiropractor at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic accept that role. Your Augusta chiropractor assists Augusta back pain and neck pain patients get relief of the pain and enhance their quality of life.
New Back Pain Care Guidelines
The latest guideline for non-surgical treatment of patients whose back pain and/or leg pain just started recommends patient education (including a talk about treatment outcome), exercise (advice to keep active) and manual therapy, not routine imaging, targeted treatment, extraforaminal glucocorticoid injection, paracetamol, NSAIDs and opioids. (2) Chiropractic offers all three!
Who Sees a Chiropractor?
24% of US adults seek chiropractic care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults got chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why don’t more patients seek chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines written by groups like the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society call for non-surgical approaches like spinal manipulation. (3) Even the physical therapists are frustrated! “Although therapies delivered by PTs are promoted as a first-line treatment for low back pain, PT referral rates remain low.” Only 10.1% of primary care provider visits for low back pain ended with a physical therapy referral. A patient with Medicare or Medicaid was even less likely to get a referral. Where do these low back pain and leg pain patients go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica? They received opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your Augusta chiropractor proposes a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.
Why Patients See a Chiropractor
But what motivates a visit to a chiropractor like your Augusta chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic, too. Our Augusta chiropractic patients see us as the Augusta back and neck pain specialists!) Additionally, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to visit a chiropractor in the past year. 23% of the chiropractic patients also received a prescription for their back pain. 35% of them used over the counter medications for the issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% thought the combined care for their spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your Augusta chiropractor is ready to share care! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is ready to cooperate with your primary care physician whenever possible.
Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment today. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic will reach out to your primary care physician. We are all on your side and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the most recent back pain care guidelines and improved quality of life for you, our shared Augusta back pain patient or neck pain patient.