Treat Your Back And Neck Pain WITHOUT Surgery
Broad management makes all the difference
Did you know that neck pain affects approximately 30%-50% of adults in the general population in any given year? Here's the scary information that goes with that; Approximately 50%–85% of individuals with neck pain do not experience complete resolution of symptoms and some may go on to experience chronic, impairing pain.
That's not a good statistic. Neck pain is undoubtedly an issue but back pain is an even bigger problem.
80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point. Americans spend at least $50 billion annually treating low back pain. Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Nearly 1/3 of women suffer from low back pain compared to 1/4 of men.
Now that we've established the significant mountain of difficulties neck and back pain present to us; not only as healthcare providers but also as members of the general population of pain patients, is there anything that can be done about it?
Traditionally, the medical field has approached pain from a biomedical perspective. That means they looked for a simple biological cause and they injected it, medicated it, or cut it out hoping to solve the pain. Nowadays, pain science is much different and has moved further and further away from that model. We certainly know now that throwing opioids at the issue did nothing but make lif worse for millions of people.
Now, we understand that pain is a lot bigger than that. Pain, especially chronic pain of any sort, cannot be typically 'cut out' or injected and be expected to simply disappear. Pain is made up of the BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL matrix which means the bio- model has a part to play as in the traditional approach. But it also has a cognitive part because your pain experience comes from your brain. Not your hip or your arm or whatever may be hurting. Pain is also a result of social constructs like what kind of support a patient has at home. What kind of funds do they have for treatment? Things of that nature.
So, as you can see, pain can be difficult. The perfect example of this is that back pain has only become a bigger and bigger problem over the years. With medical advancements and technology, wouldn't we expect back pain to become a smaller and smaller issue over time rather than a larger issue?
The American College of Physicians and American Family Physicians (Qasseem et. al.) have agreed in the last 4-5 years and recommended that acute and chronic back pain's first recommended treatments should include:
- Spinal manipulative therapy (Creek Stone Integrated Medical)
- Exercise (Creek Stone Integrated Medical)
- Massage (Creek Stone Integrated Medical)
- Acupuncture (Creek Stone Integrated Medical)
- Low-level laser (Creek Stone Integrated Medical)
- Heat (Creek Stone Integrated Medical)
- Tai Chi
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
You’ll notice I indicated which of these recommended first-line therapies are commonly offered within evidence-based, patient-centered chiropractic offices like you'll find right here at Creek Stone Integrated Medical.
These are medical organizations making these recommendations and this is the future for non-complicated neuromusculoskeletal complaints for patients of all ages.
In addition, if the patient prefers, low-grade medicine may be added. We have medical services at Creek Stone as well.
Once all of these have been tried AND FAILED, a patient may proceed to stronger medication and more invasive means of treatment such as joint or spinal injections and potentially surgery. NEVER the other way around where surgery is at the top of the pile and comes first unless there is progressive neurological deficit or something complicated such as cauda equina syndrome.
Treat pain and do it effectively WITHOUT surgery, scare tactics, or more serious interventions. Treat pain effectively through the broad management protocol and medical and chiropractic team approach you'll find at Creek Stone Integrated Medical.
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM, DABFP is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020 & 2021. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Medical at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.
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