Few body aches are as debilitating as back pain, which can hamper your ability to work or do house chores. However, doctors have noticed in recent years that back pain treatment may be more aggressive than is actually called for. NBC News reports:
“Despite guidelines to treat back pain conservatively, the proportion of people prescribed powerful painkillers or referred for surgery and other specialty care has increased in recent years, according to a new study.
“This is kind of concerning,” said Dr. Steven Cohen, an anesthesiologist and critical care doctor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore who didn’t participate in the research.
Surgery, injections and scans for back pain “have all gone up pretty dramatically,” he told Reuters Health.
“We have increased utilization, yet we don’t have better treatment outcomes.”
The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommend that people with low back pain consider treatment with Tylenol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as heating pads and exercise.”
The article adds that sometimes patients demand faster relief from the severe pain, which might lead doctors to prescribe narcotic medication or surgery. Of course, some people feel that these measures are overly aggressive, aside from being too expensive. Fortunately, chiropractic urgent care in West Sacramento offers an effective but conservative treatment option for back pain.
U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, a leading West Sacramento walk-in clinic, offers medically-supervised chiropractic treatment in some branches, where a certified chiropractor realigns the patient’s spine and soothes the surrounding muscles. Chiropractic is a proven treatment option, which is why 7.7 million Americans go to chiropractors to relieve themselves of back pain. Furthermore, urgent care clinics do not have the long patient queues that emergency rooms have, allowing patients to get treatment with little delay.
(Source: More people using prescription narcotics for back pain, study finds, NBC News, July 31, 2013)