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New Roads Chiropractic Care Instead of an Emergency Room Visit and Pain Meds for Back Pain

Emergency room physicians are trying to figure out what is optimal to do for back pain patients who come to the ER for help. It is a dilemma for them, especially since nearly 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain choose the emergency room for help annually! (1) Unless there is cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. What can a New Roads ER do? How can an ER doctor provide higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the New Roads chiropractic back pain specialist provide? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER orders lots of imaging. One in 3 patients who visit the emergency room for back pain (compared to 1 in 4 who go to a primary care physician) has imaging performed: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging guidelines don’t support this as they say to hold off on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients are letting the ER doctors know that they have been under such care already? Not likely since only 34% of patients who visit an ER tell the emergency department physician that they use 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 do. Researchers have looked at all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have prescribed to see what is effective. What have they found? Stronger pain medication options don’t offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen doesn’t seem to enhance function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen within a 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 emergency room for their back pain continued to experience functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% reported moderate or severe pain. 46% report using some type of analgesic pain reliever in the last day. There are short and long-term problems for ER patients with low back pain. (1) This might be frustrating for ER docs and their patients but not always for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The New Roads chiropractic back pain specialist at New Roads Chiropractic Center is prepared with the best of chiropractic care for New Roads back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your New Roads chiropractor understands. 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 New Roads chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated New Roads 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 New Roads Chiropractic Center

Schedule a New Roads chiropractic visit with New Roads Chiropractic Center especially if an ER visit hasn’t resulted in the pain relief you wanted. New Roads chiropractic care has shared a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	New Roads Chiropractic Center welcomes New Roads back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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