Emergency room physicians are working on figuring out what is best to offer back pain
patients who choose the ER for help. It’s a dilemma
for them, especially since nearly 3 million such
patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain visit 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 Murfreesboro ER do?
How can an ER doctor deliver higher value care? (2) Imaging and
medication. What can the Murfreesboro chiropractic back pain specialist provide?
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 go to the emergency room
for back pain (as opposed 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 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 as 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 studied
a variety of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used
to see what is effective. What have
they discovered? Stronger pain medication options do not
offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to
ibuprofen doesn’t 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 did not 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 go to an emergency room for their back pain still
had 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 issues for ER patients
with low back pain. (1) This may all be frustrating for emergency
department docs and their patients but not always
for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The
Murfreesboro chiropractic back pain specialist at Most Chiropractic Clinic is
prepared with the best of chiropractic care for
Murfreesboro back pain relief.
CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS
Your Murfreesboro chiropractor gets it.
Skill 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 Murfreesboro chiropractor’s confidence that back
pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Murfreesboro
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 turn to for back pain issues.
CONTACT Most Chiropractic Clinic
Schedule a Murfreesboro chiropractic appointment
with Most Chiropractic Clinic especially if an ER trip
hasn’t produced the pain relief you wanted.
Murfreesboro chiropractic care has figured out a well-documented
and researched way to manage back pain.
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