Emergency room physicians are trying
to figure out what is best to do for back pain
patients who visit the ER for help. It’s a quandry
for them, especially since nearly 3 million such
patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain visit the emergency room for help annually! (1) Unless there is
cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. How best can a Fort Wayne ER doc help?
How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and
medication. What can the Fort Wayne chiropractic back pain specialist provide?
Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.
EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING
The ER performs a lot of
imaging. One in 3 patients who go to the emergency room
for back pain (as opposed to 1 in 4 who go to a primary care physician) gets imaging ordered:
simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging recommendations
do not support this as they recommend holding off
on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients
are telling ER doctors that they have been under
such care already? Probably not since only 34% of
patients who go to an ER tell the emergency department
physician that they get healthcare options like chiropractors,
massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. (5) What about the pain?
EMERGENCY ROOM: MEDICATIONS
Pain relief, it
seems, is what they can offer. Researchers have studied
a variety of pain medication combinations ER doctors have prescribed
to determine what works best. What have
they discovered? Stronger pain medication options do not
offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to
ibuprofen doesn’t appear to improve
function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen by 1 week
after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Mixing
ibuprofen and acetaminophen didn’t reduce pain
scores or the need for other analgesic pain meds compared with either ibuprofen
or acetaminophen alone in emergency room patients with acute
musculoskeletal injuries. (8) As a matter of fact, 48% of back pain patients
who go to an ER for their back pain still
had functional impairment 3 months later as well as
42% said they had moderate or severe pain. 46% report using some type of analgesic pain reliever in the day prior. There are short and long-term issues for ER patients
with low back pain. (1) This may all be frustrating for emergency
department physicians and their patients but not always
for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The
Fort Wayne chiropractic back pain specialist at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is
armed with the best of chiropractic care for
Fort Wayne back pain relief.
CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS
Your Fort Wayne chiropractor gets it.
Familiarity with chiropractic spinal manipulation via
The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with the addition of
nutrition like chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine sulfate and curcurmin and
turmeric supports your Fort Wayne chiropractor’s confidence that back
pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Fort Wayne
back pain patients is promising.
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Michael Schneider on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who describes
the role of the primary spine physician who would be the physician
to seek out for back pain issues.
CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC
Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic visit
with Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC especially if an ER visit
has not resulted in the pain relief you wanted.
Fort Wayne chiropractic care has figured out a well-documented
and researched way to manage back pain.