Pain and inflammation are known partners.
Spinal manipulation has been utilized to reduce spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies show
that the effect of spinal manipulation may extend beyond the spine
to possibly control inflammation and its impact
on spine pain. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic views improvement in our spine pain
patients on several fronts: pain reduction,
function improvement, etc. The roles of inflammation in back
pain and of spinal manipulation in decreasing that pain is central
to the Eugene chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are quantifiable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can indicate normal and abnormal
processes occurring in the body. In the area of
back pain, researchers have been scrutinizing blood testable
biomarkers like tumor necrosis factor (TNFα), interleukin-1 β (IL-1β), IL-6,
IL-2, interferon (IFN), IL-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA), TNF soluble
receptor type 2 (sTNFR2) and IL-10 to tell the story. A recent biomarker test is brain
imaging. Why brain? Researchers realize
that chronic back pain surely alters the spine
and suggest that it alters the brain structure. Brain
imaging is a non-invasive biomarker capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to analyze
such alterations. (1) Researchers continue thinking up new tests! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is observing
these biomarker findings carefully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate
healthcare as one of the most significant contributors to
disability around the globe, researchers are studying
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wanted to
know if there was a variance in the inflammatory
profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They found
a distinct difference in that there was a disparity between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels noting an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another study found that C-reactive
protein in patients with acute non-specific low back pain and TNF-α in chronic
non-specific low back pain patients were higher. (3) These types
of tests may help your Eugene chiropractor monitor
your back pain in a new way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic currently
is based on gentle spinal manipulation to relieve
pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the beginning of and
2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment found
significant (though limited and diverse) alterations in the
production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain
and disability scores dropped too. (4) These are encouraging
findings for the implementation of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is excited to learn more about
biomarker-level changes with Eugene spinal manipulation!
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how
use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may
well surpass pain relief.
Set up your Eugene
chiropractic appointment soon. Daily, pain and
inflammation come through our door together. Our treatment
helps decrease their influence on the lives of
our Eugene chiropractic patients.