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See Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers First for Chronic Low Back Pain

May 31, 2022

When back pain arises (and/or has turned into chronic low back pain) so too does the matter of which healthcare provider to consult. It is a valid question! Research states  that the first healthcare provider establishes the course for care, cost, and outcome of the back pain flare-up. A new study reported that first-provider chiropractic care was less expensive than care by other first-provider healthcare professionals. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers provides individualized treatment plans for Baton Rouge back pain relief and prevention.

CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN: Contributing and Preventing Factors

Even though chronic low back pain is notably common in older adults, research just hasn’t defined what contributes to it or to its prevention. One review of 4 databases of 31,080 older adults exposed an extensive list of factors that may contribute (from being female, obese, anxious, depressed, having had falls in the past, lifestyle issues like smoking, having weak abdominal muscles, occupational issues like having a job for longer than 10 years that demanded bending/lifting, etc.) and factors that may prevent chronic low back pain (intermediate level of leisure-time physical activity). (1) These researchers, Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers, and our patients would like to know more definitively what triggers chronic low back pain! Even more desired is guidance on how to handle it.


A survey of US office-based physicians tackled how referrals affected the care of back pain. The participating physicians were questioned as to their referrals for certain complementary health approaches like herbs/non-vitamin supplements, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture and mind-body therapies (meditation, guided imagery, progressive relaxation). 60% of the physicians said they recommended these approaches when patients asked for them. More female than male physicians reported using evidence in peer-reviewed journals as reasoning for suggesting such approaches. (2) An additional troubling factor for female back pain sufferers is that they are consistently noted as having greater levels of frailty than men. (3) Frailty is always a concern in our older patients. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is always ready to discuss the benefits – perceived by patients and documented by research – of chiropractic and more specifically, Cox® Technic, with interested healthcare providers and spine pain patients.


Another review of 3,799,593 low back pain patients turned up this past month highlighting how important the first healthcare provider was in their study on cost and outcome for back pain. Healthcare utilization (imaging, prescriptions, tests, visits, etc.), opioid prescribing, and cost were higher when seeing certain providers first: orthopedist ($9434), acupuncturist ($9205), primary care physician ($5660), and chiropractor ($5093). (4) Seeing which provider first was the least expensive without any detrimental effect on diagnosis or serious illness? The chiropractor! With regards to back pain, neck pain and spine-related pain, Baton Rouge chiropractic care makes sense.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Keith Bartley on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the good outcome for a lumbar spinal stenosis low back pain sufferer who got relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management after she had seen other healthcare professionals.               

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today. The question of which healthcare provider to consult arises, remember your Baton Rouge chiropractor!

Baton Rouge chiropractic care like that delivered at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is shown to result in less cost.