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Spinal Care Clinic Respects the Painful Spine with Evidence-Based Care

The spine deserves respect. Spinal Care Clinic respects all Burlington and Hamilton spines, those healthy and those hurting. When the spine hurts, it gets attention. The attention the hurting spine gets is not always respectful of the guidelines for its pain relief. That fact is getting notice in the medical research. Evidence based guidelines for a painful spine’s care are abundant, but they aren’t always respected. They are published but not always read or implemented. The spine deserves better. Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor respects the spine and complements its trouble to the best evidence-based protocol for its relief which is often times non-surgical and non-drug.

CLINICAL GUIDELINES AND APPROACHES

What is recommended and/or beneficial for spine pain often provided even in Burlington and Hamilton? The American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians advocate spinal manipulation for low back pain. (1) Flexion distraction (aka Cox Technic) and manual therapy using joint mobilization techniques and flexion distraction is reported to be effective for low back pain relief. (2) Spinal manipulation as a conservative treatment should be tried by patients with chronic low back pain and disability related to low back pain. (3) Flexion distraction brings clinically meaningful improvement in pain by 79% and disability by 70% at 14.5 months follow-up. (4) Research states that surgical methods and outcomes vary from place to place for patients with the same condition. It pleas for standardization of care and the establishment of international guidelines founded on what works best according to such evidence. (5) Spinal Care Clinic agrees that published guidelines showing what is best need to be respected.

CLINICAL REALITY

What is being done? A just released article that assessed the care of Canadian spine pain patients sent for spine surgery came out and reported that “Surgeons do not use clinical practice guidelines before spine surgery.” What did they do? Prescribed medications to 74.2% of them 46.3% of whom got opioids.  61.1% of patients tried two or less non-surgical forms of treatment. The article suggests that if patients attempted to use evidence-based non-operative treatments before a spine surgery consultation, fewer would be referred and, in Canada, fewer would get worse as they have to wait such a long time to get to the surgeon. (6) Lumbar cage fusion rates rose from 3.6% to 58% in 5 years that resulted in escalated complication risk without any improvement in disability or reoperation rates. (7) Spinal Care Clinic offers Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic spine care with less intrusive, more effective means, particularly with the evidence-based protocols of Cox Technic.

MAKE A Burlington and Hamilton CHIROPRACTIC APPOINTMENT

Listen to this PODCAST with medical doctor, Dr. David Moen, who encourages non-surgical care of back pain with chiropractic for less costly and unnecessary medical care.

Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic consultation today with the Burlington and Hamilton spine specialist at Spinal Care Clinic where your hurting spine is met with respect and relieving care as evidence says is best.

 
 
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