Painful Spines Respond to Non-Surgical Care like Chiropractic06/06/2017Guidelines for back pain care recommend non-surgical care approaches like spinal manipulation. So who delivers 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 Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc relish that role. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor assists Fort Wayne back pain and neck pain patients get relief of the pain and enhance their quality of life.New Back Pain Care Guidelines The newest guideline for non-surgical treatment for recent onset back and/or leg pain advocates 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 out chiropractic care in their lifetime. 8.4% of US adults obtained chiropractic care in the past year. (1) Why do not more patients get 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 approaches like spinal manipulation. (3) Even the physical therapists are frustrated! “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 patients with low back pain and leg pain go? What do they do about their low back pain and leg pain sciatica? They received opioid prescriptions more often. (4) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor offers a non-surgical, non-drug way to pain relief.Why Patients See a Chiropractor But what inspires a visit to a chiropractor like your Fort Wayne chiropractor? Spine pain. 63% for back pain and 30.2% for neck pain. (That sounds right for Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc, too. Our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients see us as the Fort Wayne back and neck pain specialists!) Further, adults over 30 and those with spine pain were more prone to check in with a chiropractor in the last year. 23% of the chiropractic patients also had a prescription for their back pain. 35% of them used over the counter medications for the issue which they were seeing the chiropractor. 63.8% reported that having medical and chiropractic care was helpful. (1) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor is excited to combine care! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to work as a team with your primary care physician as necessary. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Share the name of your primary care physician. We are all on your side and want the same thing: non-surgical pain relief suggested by the most recent back pain care guidelines and improved quality of life for you, our mutual Fort Wayne back pain patient or neck pain patient. « View All Spine 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."