Spinal manipulation and back pain go hand in hand. Into whose hands? Chiropractors’, most commonly! A new report drew the attention of New Hampshire Spine and Sport as it details the current state of spinal manipulation delivery. Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor endeavors to be the spinal manipulation healthcare provider, your back pain specialist, in Southern New Hampshire.
PROVIDERS OF SPINAL MANIPULATION
Medicare patients are older. They encounter spine issues like back pain and neck pain as a result of spinal stenosis. What’s the first line of treatment suggested? Spinal manipulation. Which profession historically delivers the majority of spinal manipulation (SMT) care? Chiropractic. Osteopathy provided SMT more heavily in its beginning professional years. Some massage therapists and physical therapists do today. Chiropractors remain most commonly recognized for their delivery of spinal manipulation. Medicare sees it as well. A new study of the clinicians who use spinal manipulation tried to discover more about this since spinal manipulation was a suggested first-line treatment for low back pain. They found that 97% to 98% of the spinal manipulation providers were chiropractors. They treated anywhere from 20 back pain sufferers out of 100,000 population in one state to 260 out of 100,000 in another state. Not every location has enough chiropractors. Other spinal manipulation providers take care of 1 in 100,000 to 8 in 100,000. Spinal manipulation clinicians are desired. Unfortunately, the number of Medicare-active chiropractors decreased from 47,102 in 2007 to 45,543 in 2015. Other types of clinicians who provide spinal manipulation increased from 700 to 1441. Even though chiropractors are the majority of spinal manipulation providers to Medicare beneficiaries, the overall supply of them is decreasing while the supply of non-chiropractors providing spinal manipulation is growing. (1) Developer of Cox® Technic, Dr. James Cox remembers Dr. Joseph Janse, president of the National College of Chiropractic for 38 years and founder of the Council for Chiropractic Education which established federal accreditation for chiropractic, always quoted to the “young doctors” - as he called the chiropractic students he mentored - “never stop delivering the chiropractic spinal adjustment.”
SPINAL MANIPULATION TECHNIQUES TAUGHT IN CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOLS
Chiropractic schools strive to incorporate evidence-based treatment techniques into the teaching curriculum of chiropractors of the future. A new survey of faculty at one chiropractic school discovered that 81% of them were trained in diversified technique and 52% in Cox® Technic. Most of the faculty agreed that diversified (93%), Cox (89%), Thompson (74%), SOT (54%) and Activator (52%) techniques would be valuable techniques for their future chiropractors to be educated via elective courses. Nearly all, 96%, of the survey responders considered preclinical technique courses were a good idea. 81% felt elective technique courses were valuable. (2) Certainly, exposure to well-documented and researched techniques in chiropractic school is important to establish a future chiropractor’s foundation for a successful clinical practice in terms of easing the pain of spine pain patients. Grounding the choice of which techniques to incorporate into the curriculum on those that have the best evidence behind them is important. New Hampshire Spine and Sport appreciates all the research documentation – biomechanical and clinical – behind the Cox® Technic used in this Southern New Hampshire chiropractic clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Katrina Wieland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she explains how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management helped reduce low back pain for this military veteran.
Set up your next Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment with New Hampshire Spine and Sport now. Entrust your back pain and neck pain into the hands of your chiropractor at New Hampshire Spine and Sport who performs spinal manipulation every day, follows the research and protocols for safe, gentle, and relieving treatment based on research evidence. See you soon!