West Palm Beach 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 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.

	Moses Chiropractic invites West Palm Beach back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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