Pain and inflammation are known partners. Spinal manipulation has been used to decrease spine pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show that the effect of spinal manipulation may extend beyond the spine to potentially control inflammation and its impact on spine pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic views improvement in our spine pain patients on many fronts: pain reduction, function improvement, etc. The functions of inflammation in back pain and of spinal manipulation in decreasing that pain is key to the Augusta chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are measurable indicators of body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing, imaging, etc. Biomarkers can signify normal and abnormal processes taking place in the body. In the area of back pain, researchers have been scrutinizing blood testable biomarkers like tumor necrosis factor (TNFα), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), IL-6, IL-2, interferon (IFN), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), TNF soluble receptor type 2 (sTNFR2) and IL-10 to related the story. A newer biomarker test is brain imaging. Why brain? Researchers recognize that chronic back pain certainly changes the spine and believe that it changes the brain structure. Imaging of the brain is a non-invasive biomarker able to produce brain resting-state functional connectivity to analyze such alterations. (1) Researchers continue thinking up new tests! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is following these biomarker findings watchfully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate healthcare as one of the greatest contributors to disability globally, researchers are researching biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered if there was a contrast in the inflammatory profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They discovered a distinct difference in that there was an imbalance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of patients. (2) Another study found that C-reactive protein in patients with acute non-specific low back pain and TNF-α in chronic non-specific low back pain patients were elevated. (3) These kinds of tests may help your Augusta chiropractor observe your back pain in a novel way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL MANIPULATION
The chiropractic treatment plan at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic currently is based on gentle spinal manipulation to ease pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the beginning of and 2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment documented significant (though limited and diverse) changes in the production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain and disability scores fell as well. (4) These are encouraging findings for the use of spinal manipulation for back pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is excited to learn more about biomarker-level changes with Augusta spinal manipulation!
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may well go beyond pain relief.
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