See Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc First for Chronic Low Back Pain05/31/2022When back pain arises (and/or has transitioned into chronic low back pain) so too does the matter of which healthcare provider to consult. It’s a valid question! Research maintains that the first healthcare professional sets the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain spell. A new study stated that first-provider chiropractic care was less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc delivers individualized treatment plans for Fort Wayne back pain relief and prevention. CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors Despite the fact that chronic low back pain is so common in older adults, research just hasn’t noted clearly what contributes to it or to its prevention. One review of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults uncovered an extensive list of issues that may contribute (from being female, obese, anxious, depressed, having had falls in the past, lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational requirements like having a job for longer than 10 years that necessitated bending/lifting, etc.) and issues that may prevent chronic low back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These researchers, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc, and our patients would like to know more definitively what influences chronic low back pain! Even more desired is guidance on how to manage it. REFERRALS FOR CHIROPRACTIC CARE A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals affected the care of back pain. The participants were questioned as to their referrals for particular complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies (meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians reported they endorsed these approaches when patients asked for them. More female than male physicians related using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as rationale for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional troubling factor for female back pain patients is that they are consistently seen as having greater levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always a concern in our older patients. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is always ready to discuss the benefits – recognized by patients and documented by research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare providers and spine pain sufferers. CHIROPRACTIC RISES TO THE TOP Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients turned up this past month highlighting how important the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.), opioid prescribing, and cost were greater when consulting certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Consulting which provider first was the least expensive without any detrimental effect on diagnosis or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Fort Wayne chiropractic care makes sense. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the positive outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who got relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had consulted other healthcare professionals. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. The question of which healthcare professional to see arises, remember your Fort Wayne chiropractor! « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."