Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into
whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A recent report piqued
the attention of Palmer Chiropractic Center as it describes the
current situation of spinal manipulation delivery. Your
Lynchburg chiropractor endeavors to be your
spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older.
They face conditions like back
pain and neck pain due to spinal stenosis. What’s
the first line of treatment suggested? Spinal manipulation.
Which profession historically gives the majority of
spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy did so more heavily in its beginning professional years. Some massage therapists and
physical therapists are now. Chiropractors are
still most commonly recognized for their providing spinal manipulation. Medicare recognizes
it as well. A recent study of the clinicians who use
spinal manipulation tried to discover more about this since spinal
manipulation was a suggested first-line treatment for low
back pain. They uncovered that 97% to 98% of the spinal
manipulation providers were chiropractors. They served anywhere
from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in one state to
260 per 100,000 in another state. Not every location has that
many chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers care
for 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are used.
Unfortunately, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors fell
from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other types of clinicians
who deliver spinal manipulation grew from 700 to
1441. Even though chiropractors are the majority of
spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the overall
supply of them is decreasing while the supply of
non-chiropractors providing spinal manipulation is rising.
(1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox remembers Dr. Joseph
Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and founder
of the Council for Chiropractic Education which set up
federal accreditation for chiropractic, always told
the “young doctors” - as he referred to the chiropractic students
he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC
Chiropractic schools aim to include
evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of future chiropractors. A recent survey of faculty at
a chiropractic school discovered that 81% of them were skilled
in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty concurred
that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator
(52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to
be educated via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of
the survey responders deemed preclinical technique
courses were a good idea. 81% felt elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Certainly,
exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is
important to set up a future chiropractor’s
foundation for a successful clinical practice in terms of easing
the pain of spine pain patients. Basing the choice of which
techniques to teach on those that have
the best evidence behind them is key. Palmer Chiropractic Center appreciates
all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox®
Technic used in this Lynchburg chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as she illustrates how the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped ease low back pain for this military veteran.
Schedule your next Lynchburg
chiropractic appointment with Palmer Chiropractic Center today. Entrust
your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at
Palmer Chiropractic Center who delivers spinal manipulation every day, keeps
track of the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and pain alleviating
treatment based on research evidence. We look forward to seeing you!