Palmer Chiropractic Center Treats the Patient Not the MRI

Why do patients have back surgery? Pain. What conditions do they suffer with most that leads them to back surgery? Spinal stenosis. Spondylolisthesis. What symptoms do they want to get rid of? Butt pain. Leg pain. Back pain. Palmer Chiropractic Center is here as your first stop to avoid back surgery or, for some, the last stop. For many back-related-pain patients, Lynchburg chiropractic care does the trick and averts back surgery.

BACK PAIN SYMPTOMS

Back pain patients describe all sorts of painful and irritating symptoms: leg pain, numb toe(s), painful thighs, gluteal pain. (The adage that something is a “pain in the butt” is a preceise portrayal of some back pain patients’ pain! It is a more radicular issue than degenerative change of facet joints. (1)) And lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common cause for back surgery in the US for adults. A study of stenosis patients who have withstood at least 3 years of suffering showed that manual therapy and individualized exercise helped the most patients get more than 30% improvement in symptoms and 20% in function. (2) Our use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management seeks at least 50% relief in 30 days with many patients finding 60%, 70%, 80% and 90% quicker than that! Palmer Chiropractic Center knows Lynchburg back pain sufferers who would rejoice at non-surgical relief like that!

BACK SURGERY: NECESSITY, COST AND IMAGING

Just how many back-pain patients with spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis require surgery? 0.8%. This is reported in a study of 497,822 patients! The surgeon authors of this paper recommended doing decompression surgery without or with fusion sooner to lower the cost of non-operative treatment. (3) Goodness! The cost of a fusion in 2006 was $40,000 (4) and $80,000 to $100,000 in 2013, making back pain the foremost cause of disability in the world ahead of 290 other conditions. (5) [Chiropractic is said to be just 2.9% of the expense of back pain management. (6)] Over-imaging has added expense to the treatment of back pain: 1 in 4 (25%) of patients who go to a primary care doctors and 1 in 3 (33%) who go to the emergency room received imaging. (7) And how does imaging enhance patient care and clinical outcome? Good question. There is no correlation between MRI findings for stenosis and the severity of pain, quality of life, depression or anxiety. (8, 9) What does boost patient care and clinical outcome? Collaboration between physicians – surgical and non-surgical spine experts – helps chronic back pain patients improve in terms of pain as well as socially and mentally. (10) Palmer Chiropractic Center welcomes such collaboration with you and your healthcare team! We want you to feel better!

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Kurt Olding  on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. Dr. Olding shares lumbar spinal stenosis care with Cox® Technic that allowed a woman to continue living life her way!

Schedule a non-surgical Lynchburg chiropractic care appointment with Palmer Chiropractic Center today. Physical, mental and emotional pain relief may be relieved and back surgery dodged with gentle, safe chiropractic care at Palmer Chiropractic Center where patient care revolves around the patient not the MRI!

 
Palmer Chiropractic Center uses the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to non-surgically manage and relieve back pain often without imaging or MRI. 
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