Pain and inflammation are known companions.
Spinal manipulation has been used to reduce spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies describe how the effect of spinal manipulation may go beyond the spine
to possibly mediate inflammation and its influence
on spine pain. Apple Country Chiropractic 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 reducing that pain is central
to the Williamson chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are measurable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can indicate normal and abnormal
processes taking place in the body. In the area of
back pain, researchers have been looking to 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 related the story. A newer biomarker test is brain
imaging. Why brain? Researchers recognize
that chronic back pain certainly alters the spine
and believe that it alters the brain structure. Imaging of the brain is a non-invasive biomarker able
to produce brain resting-state functional connectivity to study
such alterations. (1) Researchers keep coming
up with new tests! Apple Country Chiropractic is observing
these biomarker findings watchfully.
BIOMARKER TESTING FOR BACK PAIN
As low back pain continues to dominate
healthcare as one of the most significant contributors to
disability globally, researchers are studying
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered 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 an imbalance between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning
toward an overproduction of proinflammatory components in both types of
patients. (2) Another report 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 elevated. (3) These kinds
of tests may help your Williamson chiropractor observe
your back pain in a new way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Apple Country Chiropractic currently
is based on gentle spinal manipulation to ease
pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the start of and
2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment documented
significant (though limited and diverse) changes in the
production of several biomarkers in acute and chronic back pain patients. Pain
and disability scores fell too. (4) These are beneficial
findings for the use of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Apple Country Chiropractic is excited to see more information about
biomarker-level changes with Williamson 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 go beyond pain relief.
Set up your Williamson
chiropractic appointment today. Every day, pain and
inflammation come to our clinic together. Our treatment
helps decrease their impact on the lives of
our Williamson chiropractic patients.