Severna Park Chiropractic Care Instead of an Emergency Room Visit and Pain Meds for Back Pain

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

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER performs a lot of imaging. One in 3 patients who go to the emergency department for back pain (as opposed to 1 in 4 who go to a primary care physician) gets imaging performed: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging guidelines do not 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 as only 34% of patients who go to an ER share with 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

Relief for the pain is what they focus on. Researchers have looked at all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have prescribed to figure out what works best. What have they found? Stronger pain medication options don’t offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen does not seem to improve 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 decrease 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 visit an ER for their back pain continued to experience functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% reported moderate or severe pain. 46% say they’ve used 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 physicians and their patients but not always for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The Severna Park chiropractic back pain specialist at Back And Neck Care Center is prepared with the best of chiropractic care for Severna Park back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your Severna Park chiropractor gets it. Experience 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 supports your Severna Park chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Severna Park back pain patients is possible.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael Schneider on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who shares the goal of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to seek out for back pain issues.

CONTACT Back And Neck Care Center

Schedule a Severna Park chiropractic appointment with Back And Neck Care Center especially if an emergency department visit has not produced the pain relief you hoped. Severna Park chiropractic care has shared a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Back And Neck Care Center invites Severna Park back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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