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Tarrytown Chiropractic Care Instead of an Emergency Room Visit and Pain Meds for Back Pain

Emergency room physicians are working on figuring out what is optimal to offer back pain patients who visit the ER for help. It’s a quandry for them, particularly since almost 3 million such patients with undifferentiated musculoskeletal low back pain choose the emergency room for help annually! (1) Unless there is cauda equina syndrome demanding surgery or an infection, pain is the issue. What can a Tarrytown ER do? How can an ER doctor deliver higher value care? (2) Imaging and medication. What can the Tarrytown chiropractic back pain specialist provide? Spinal manipulation and nutrients. Chiropractic has published about successfully managing back pain.

EMERGENCY ROOM: IMAGING

The ER orders a lot of imaging. One in 3 patients who visit the emergency department for back pain (compared to 1 in 4 who visit a primary care physician) has imaging done: simple imaging 26%, complex imaging 8.2%. (3) Today’s imaging guidelines don’t support this as they say to hold off on imaging for 4-6 weeks of conservative care before imaging. (4) Maybe patients are letting the ER doctors know that they have been using such care already? Not likely as only 34% of patients who visit an ER share with the emergency department physician that they get healthcare options like chiropractors, massage therapy, acupuncture and the like. (5) What about the pain?

EMERGENCY ROOM: MEDICATIONS

Relief for the pain is what they focus on. Researchers have looked at all sorts of pain medication combinations ER doctors have used to see what is effective. What have they discovered? Stronger pain medication options don’t offer much of a difference. Adding baclofen, metaxalone, or tizanidine to ibuprofen doesn’t 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) Combining ibuprofen and acetaminophen did not reduce pain scores or the need for other analgesic pain meds compared with either ibuprofen or acetaminophen alone in emergency room patients with acute musculoskeletal injuries. (8) As a matter of fact, 48% of back pain patients who go to an ER for their back pain still had functional impairment 3 months later as well as 42% reported moderate or severe pain. 46% say they’ve used some type of analgesic pain reliever in the last day. There are short and long-term issues for ER patients with low back pain. (1) This may all be frustrating for emergency department docs and their patients but not typically for chiropractors and their chiropractic back pain patients. The Tarrytown chiropractic back pain specialist at Tarrytown Chiropractic is armed with the best of chiropractic care for Tarrytown back pain relief.

CHIROPRACTIC: MANIPULATION AND NUTRIENTS

Your Tarrytown chiropractor gets it. Skill 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 Tarrytown chiropractor’s confidence that back pain relief and management for many otherwise frustrated Tarrytown back pain patients is promising.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Michael Schneider on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who shares the goal of the primary spine physician who would be the physician to seek out for back pain issues.

CONTACT Tarrytown Chiropractic

Schedule a Tarrytown chiropractic visit with Tarrytown Chiropractic especially if an ER trip hasn’t produced the pain relief you wanted. Tarrytown chiropractic care has shared a well-documented and researched way to manage back pain.

	Tarrytown Chiropractic welcomes Tarrytown back pain patients to the clinic instead of the emergency room for pain meds whenever possible. 
 
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