Navigating the Healthcare System for Back Pain
It’s a story we hear every day in our Clinics: You woke up with a stiff back. You thought it would go away on its own, but it persisted. It is now interfering with your ability to work, sleep, or do the activities that you love to do. We don’t have to look far to conclude that back pain can be extremely disruptive to one’s productivity.
In these instances, it can be challenging to navigate the healthcare system. With so many different options available to deal with pain, where does one start?
The most current research supports seeking conservative care as a first-line approach for musculoskeletal pain (conditions arising from the muscles and/or joints). Conservative care includes any non-pharmacological, non-surgical options. In other words, it is the natural hands-on treatment methods used by a chiropractor, physiotherapist, or massage therapist.
In an observational retrospective study, researchers followed patients who sought a family physician as their initial point of contact and compared them to patients who first went to a chiropractor or physiotherapist. The conclusion was patients who first sought conservative care were less likely to receive an opioid prescription for their back pain, further supporting the need for early assessment and management by musculoskeletal experts. Better patient outcomes, less burden on the healthcare system – it’s a win-win!
At CURAVITA, our first priority is to make sure you are in the right place, seeing the right health professional for your condition. Our healthcare professionals are trained to help you make an informed decision about your pathway of care. Following a patient-centred approach, we design a personalized plan to ensure that your needs and goals are met. You are an active participant in the decision-making process.
In many cases, a team-based approach results in higher satisfaction rates. Within the Clinic, our collaborative care model means that we rely on each others’ areas of expertise to deliver high-quality care. We also look for opportunities to integrate into your healthcare team outside of the Clinic.
To learn more about what to expect the first time you see one of our chiropractors, please see our blog post “What to Expect at Your First Chiropractic Visit”. If you’re a first-timer for massage, please read our post titled “Massage Etiquette 101”. Our website also has information about the various ways physiotherapy can help reduce pain and restore function. As always, please contact us and our friendly and professional Clinic Health Assistants are happy to answer any questions you may have.