Emergency room physicians are trying
to figure out what is optimal to offer back pain
patients who visit the ER for help. It is a dilemma
for them, especially since almost 3 million such
patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain go
to the emergency room for help each year! (1) Unless there is
cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. How best can a Burlington and Hamilton ER doc help?
How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and
medication. What can the Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic back pain specialist offer?
Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successful
management of back pain.
EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING
The ER performs plenty of
imaging. One in 3 patients who visit the emergency room
for back pain (as opposed to 1 in 4 who seek care
from a primary care physician) gets imaging performed:
simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging recommendations
don’t 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 visit an ER share with 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 looked at
all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used
to see what is effective. What have
they discovered? Stronger pain medication options don’t
offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to
ibuprofen does not appear to up
function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen within a week
after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Combining
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 emergency room 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 last
day. There are short and long-term issues for ER patients
with low back pain. (1) This might be frustrating for ER physicians and their patients but not typically
for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The
Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic back pain specialist at Spinal Care Clinic is
prepared with the best of chiropractic care for
Burlington and Hamilton back pain relief.
CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS
Your Burlington and Hamilton 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 boosts your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor’s confidence that back
pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Burlington and Hamilton
back pain patients is possible.
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Michael Schneider on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who describes
the goal of the primary spine physician who would be the physician
to seek out for back pain issues.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment
with Spinal Care Clinic especially if an emergency department trip
has not resulted in the pain relief you hoped.
Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic care has figured out a well-documented
and researched way to manage back pain.