October 30, 2012

"Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today." This is specifically valid when it comes to back pain. Consider your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor first. Timely care for back pain and extremity pain is important. New Hampshire Spine and Sport relieves lower back pain non-invasively, safely, and gently.

At your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic clinic, it is very standard to see patients who declare that they have had their back pain for two to three months. They assumed (or rather hoped) it would just "go away on its own". Most of us to have this approach to handling health issues, but we also know it can be a mistake, correct? Well, let's consider back pain and how a delay of care may affect its course.

New Hampshire Spine and Sport wants you to know that when lower back pain develops into chronic, signifying that it's lasted for more than 3 months, patients are 2 to 4 times more likely to have poor short and longer term outcomes of their pain and lower back pain conditions. The Department of Emergency Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York reports this. (1) Their study of 894 back pain patients check up on at 1 week and 3 months shows that

  • Two-thirds of them state functional disability 1 week after an emergency department visit for non-traumatic musculoskeletal low back pain.
  • Almost 50% report functional disability 3 months later.

The hypothesized predictors for continued back pain are

  • low back pain-related functional disability at baseline
  • radicular signs
  • depression
  • a work-related injury
  • a history of chronic or recurrent lower back pain before the index episode.

It is often stated that if no treatments were given to patients with back pain and/or extremity pain that 90% of them would be well in 6 weeks. You've probably even heard that in Southern New Hampshire back pain conversations. Well, an international review of 11 studies from Australia, United States, and Europe shows otherwise. Patients with lower back pain for less than 3 months' duration in primary care settings had the following outcomes:

  • In the first 3 months, recovery is observed in 33% of patients.
  • At one year after onset, 65% still report pain.
    • 71% at 12 months for studies that considered total absence of pain as a criterion for recovery
    • 57% at 12 months for studies that used a less stringent definition of pain
    • Australian studies found 41% continued with pain versus 69% for European or US studies.

In the end, this review displays that the belief that impromptu recovery of back pain occurs in a large majority of patients is not justified. (2)

So don't put off skilled Southern New Hampshire chiropractic assessment of your spine problem and pain. Consult your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor today. At New Hampshire Spine and Sport you will find the suitable examination and treatment plan for your spinal health.