Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report piqued
the attention of New Roads Chiropractic Center as it details the
current state of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
New Roads chiropractor endeavors to be the
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older.
They face spine issues like back
pain and neck pain as a result of spinal stenosis. What is
the first line of treatment recommended? Spinal manipulation.
Which profession historically gives the majority of
spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy did so more heavily in its early professional years. Some massage therapists and
physical therapists do now. Chiropractors remain most commonly known for their providing spinal manipulation. Medicare recognizes
it as well. A new study of the clinicians who give
spinal manipulation tried to find out more about this since spinal
manipulation was a recommended first-line treatment for low
back pain. They found that 97% to 98% of the spinal
manipulation providers were chiropractors. They treated anywhere
from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in one state to
260 per 100,000 in another state. Not every location has that
many chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers take care of 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are desired.
Sadly, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors decreased
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other kinds of clinicians
who deliver spinal manipulation increased from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the largest group of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the general
supply of them is falling while the supply of
non-chiropractors providing spinal manipulation is growing.
(1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox remembers Dr. Joseph
Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and organizer
of the Council for Chiropractic Education which founded
federal accreditation for chiropractic, always quoted to
the “young doctors” - as he referred to the chiropractic students
he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic schools aim to include
evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of future chiropractors. A recent survey of faculty at
a chiropractic school discovered that 81% of them were skilled
in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty agreed
that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator
(52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to
be instructed via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of
the survey responders deemed preclinical technique
courses were a positive idea. 81% felt elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Certainly,
exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is
important to set up a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a successful clinical practice in terms of easing
the pain of spine pain patients. Grounding the choice of which
techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have
the best evidence behind them is important. New Roads Chiropractic Center appreciates
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic used in this New Roads chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she illustrates how the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped relieve low back pain for this military veteran.
Set up your next New Roads
chiropractic appointment with New Roads Chiropractic Center soon. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
New Roads Chiropractic Center who delivers spinal manipulation every day, follows the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and pain alleviating
treatment based on research evidence. We look forward to seeing you!