Emergency room physicians are working on figuring out what is best to offer back pain
patients who come to the ER for help. It is a quandry
for them, particularly since almost 3 million such
patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain visit 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 West Palm Beach ER do?
How can an ER doctor deliver higher value care? (2) Imaging and
medication. What can the West Palm Beach chiropractic back pain specialist offer?
Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.
EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING
The ER performs lots of
imaging. One in 3 patients who go to the emergency room
for back pain (as opposed to 1 in 4 who visit a primary care physician) has imaging ordered:
simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging recommendations
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 go to an ER tell 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
Relief for the pain is what they focus on. Researchers have looked at
a variety of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used
to determine 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 doesn’t appear 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) Combining
ibuprofen and acetaminophen did not 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 visit an emergency room for their back pain still
had 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 day prior. 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
West Palm Beach chiropractic back pain specialist at Moses Chiropractic is
armed with the best of chiropractic care for
West Palm Beach back pain relief.
CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS
Your West Palm Beach chiropractor understands.
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 boosts your West Palm Beach chiropractor’s confidence that back
pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated West Palm Beach
back pain patients is promising.
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 Moses Chiropractic
Schedule a West Palm Beach chiropractic visit
with Moses Chiropractic especially if an emergency department visit
has not produced the pain relief you hoped.
West Palm Beach chiropractic care has figured out a well-documented
and researched way to manage back pain.