Emergency room physicians are working on figuring out what is optimal to offer back pain
patients who come to the ER for help. It’s a dilemma
for them, particularly since nearly 3 million such
patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain go
to the emergency room for help each year! (1) Unless there is
cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. How best can a Lynchburg ER doc help?
How can an ER doctor deliver higher value care? (2) Imaging and
medication. What can the Lynchburg chiropractic back pain specialist provide?
Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.
EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING
The ER orders plenty of
imaging. One in 3 patients who visit the emergency department
for back pain (compared to 1 in 4 who go to a primary care physician) has imaging performed:
simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging recommendations
don’t support this as they recommend holding off
on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients
are telling ER doctors that they have been using
such care already? Probably not as only 34% of
patients who go to an ER share with 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 offer. Researchers have studied
a variety of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used
to figure out what is effective. What have
they discovered? Stronger pain medication options do not
offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to
ibuprofen does not appear to up
function or pain any more than placebo plus ibuprofen within a week
after an ED visit for acute low back pain. (6,7) Mixing
ibuprofen and acetaminophen did not reduce pain
scores or the need for other analgesic pain meds compared with either ibuprofen
or acetaminophen alone for emergency room patients with acute
musculoskeletal injuries. (8) As a matter of fact, 48% of back pain patients
who go to an emergency room for their back pain continued to experience 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 may all be frustrating for ER docs and their patients but not always
for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The
Lynchburg chiropractic back pain specialist at Palmer Chiropractic Center is
equipped with the best of chiropractic care for
Lynchburg back pain relief.
CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS
Your Lynchburg 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 Lynchburg chiropractor’s confidence that back
pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Lynchburg
back pain patients is possible.
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Michael Schneider on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who shares
the role of the primary spine physician who would be the physician
to turn to for back pain issues.
CONTACT Palmer Chiropractic Center
Schedule a Lynchburg chiropractic visit
with Palmer Chiropractic Center especially if an ER visit
has not resulted in the pain relief you wanted.
Lynchburg chiropractic care has shared a well-documented
and researched way to manage back pain.