Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Back pain care guidelines emphasize non-surgical care methods like spinal manipulation. So who provides non-surgical care? A new study just stated that “Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) So true! Chiropractors like your Buffalo, NY chiropractor at The Novelli Wellness Center relish that role. Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor assists Buffalo, NY back pain and neck pain patients be alleviated of the pain and improve their quality of life.

New Back Pain Care Guidelines 

The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment of patients whose back pain and/or leg pain just started advocates patient education (incorporating 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 sought 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 methods like spinal manipulation. (3) Even the physical therapists are upset! “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 resulted in a physical therapy referral. If a patient were insured by Medicaid or Medicare, that percent was even lower. Where do these low back pain and leg pain patients go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica? The primary care physicians wrote opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor proposes a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.

Why Patients See a Chiropractor 

But what prompts a visit to a chiropractor like your Buffalo, NY chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for The Novelli Wellness Center, too. Our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients view the back pain specialists at The Novelli Wellness Center as back and neck pain relief specialists!)  Additionally, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to check in with 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 same issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% reported that having medical and chiropractic care was helpful. (1) Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor is fully open to combining care! The Novelli Wellness Center is ready to work as a team with your primary care physician whenever possible.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. The Novelli Wellness Center will reach out to your primary care physician. We are all on your side and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief as called for by the latest back pain care guidelines and improved quality of life for you, our shared Buffalo, NY back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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