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August 2023 Healthy News from Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers Less Gabapentin Prescription and Pain with Chiropractic Care Back Pain & Hip Flexibility Link

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The Choice of Chiropractic Care First for Back Pain: Fewer Prescriptions for Gabapentin, Less Pain and Healthcare Use

Back pain is disruptive. Its sufferers want relief. Would it not be wonderful if a pill would deliver it?! Many back pain sufferers step into the back pain relief medical system and are prescribed meds first. They take them in hopes that they’ll get relief. (Because this is so common, we chiropractors acknowledge that we need to be well-trained to identify patients who may deal with a substance use issue and know how to help if the use is an issue. (1)) Recent research states that the first-choice healthcare provider is an influential factor in patients’ utilization of healthcare services. A review of 29,806 patient cases that looked at the year following the first visit for back pain found that utilization of healthcare services was less for those who decided on chiropractic care first. The highest health care utilization was noted for those who went to the emergency room as their first healthcare visit for back pain relief. (2) Another study shared that for patients under 50 years old who are dealing with low back pain, two common options of care and of care providers are spinal manipulation from a chiropractor and pharmacological prescription of gabapentin from a medical provider. Prescriptions for gabapentin were significantly less for those who underwent chiropractic spinal manipulative care than those who used usual medical care. (3) Your chiropractor recognizes the value of interdisciplinary care and works with healthcare colleagues for the benefit of our back pain patients whenever possible and the value of provider choice with regards to relief and care. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is poised to help our Baton Rouge back pain patients with our effective chiropractic services!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Kurt Olding on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about the variety of choices back pain patients in “The Spine Care ‘Supermarket’” and how choosing The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helps manage the pain.

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TIP OF THE MONTH: Improve Hip Flexibility, Relieve Back Pain

When the hips are tight, the back gets stressed, and movement is modified. Remember: Everything is linked! Researchers who compared hip rotation range of motion in participants who reported back pain and those who did not found that those with low back pain had remarkably restricted hip lateral rotation range of motion. (4) Luckily, there are ways to improve hip flexibility. One new way is auricular acupressure. What is that? Ask at your next appointment, but it enhanced hip flexibility (and back pain!) in one new study. (5) Another study touted the benefit of core stability exercise and hip muscle stretching as effective at improving physical function and activity in non-specific low back pain patients. (6) Let’s check your hip flexibility out at your next Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment and plan a way to maximize it!

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