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Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic

Back pain care guidelines endorse non-surgical care approaches like spinal manipulation. So who delivers non-surgical care? A new study just came out and said that “Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the US and internationally.” (1) Yes! Chiropractors like your Ashburn chiropractor at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn embrace that responsibility. Your Ashburn chiropractor helps Ashburn back pain and neck pain patients be alleviated of the pain and improve 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 discussion about prognosis), 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 get chiropractic care? The back pain care guidelines drawn up 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 ended with 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 and more. (4) Your Ashburn chiropractor offers a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.

Why Patients See a Chiropractor 

But what prompts a visit to a chiropractor like your Ashburn chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds correct for Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn, too. Our Ashburn chiropractic patients see us as the Ashburn back and neck pain specialists!)  Additionally, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to check in with a chiropractor in the past 12 months. 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 the combined care for their spinal pain – medical and chiropractic – was helpful. (1) Your Ashburn chiropractor is fully open to combining care! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is ready to work as a team with your primary care physician as necessary.

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment today. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn will reach out to your primary care physician. We are all on your side and desire the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the most recent back pain care guidelines and better quality of life for you, our mutual Ashburn back pain patient or neck pain patient.

 

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