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

Emergency room physicians are working on figuring out what is optimal to offer back pain patients who come to the ER for help. It is a quandry for them, especially since nearly 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain go to 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 Largo ER do? How can an ER doctor deliver higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the Largo chiropractic back pain specialist provide? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successful management of back pain.

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER does a lot of imaging. One in 3 patients who visit the emergency department for back pain (as opposed to 1 in 4 who seek care from a primary care physician) gets imaging performed: 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 using 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 looked at a variety of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used 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 up function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen by 1 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 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% 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 may all be frustrating for emergency department physicians and their patients but not typically for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The Largo chiropractic back pain specialist at Hollstrom & Associates Inc is prepared with the best of chiropractic care for Largo back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your Largo 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 Largo chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Largo 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 role of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to turn to for back pain issues.

CONTACT Hollstrom & Associates Inc

Schedule a Largo chiropractic visit with Hollstrom & Associates Inc especially if an ER trip hasn’t produced the pain relief you wanted. Largo chiropractic care has shared a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Hollstrom & Associates Inc invites Largo back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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