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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Typical Chiropractic Patients
- And Finally, a Story about Lifting and Low Back Pain
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #604 recorded September 1, 2017.
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Typical Chiropractic Patients
Chiropractors expect the typical patient to recover fully or to improve quickly with treatment if relapses occur.
However, a mismatch between expectations and outcome would have a negative effect on both the chiropractors’ professional self-esteem and patients’ satisfaction with care.
A study published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, found that the prevalence of three types of recovery patterns among patients with non-specific low back pain (LBP) was calculated:
- A full sustained recovery.
- Initial recovery, but with one or several relapses followed by a period of recovery.
- No initial recovery, but at least one period of recovery during the six month course of the study.
Also, the number of patients classified as recovered at the end of the study was calculated.
The results from this study can be used to introduce a realistic approach to chiropractic care in LBP, which should reduce disappointments among both chiropractors and patients.
There was no “typical” recovery pattern. Trajectories were, in fact, spread over several subgroups with somewhat more than half reporting a favorable course but only one fifth enjoyed early and sustained recovery.
Further, from a research perspective, the end-of-study status does not well depict the outcome experienced by patients
Remember to discuss all clinical outcomes with your Doctor of Chiropractic for realistic expectations.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – https://chiromt.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12998-017-0152-0
Lifting and Low Back Pain
There is an increased risk of developing low-back pain when lifting objects closer to the floor when compared to lifting at waist height.
These results support the key message of “store-it-off-the-floor,” which small businesses can easily implement to identify and control lifting hazards in their workplaces.
Since the majority of the workforce is comprised of small businesses, ergonomic solutions (e.g., store-it-off-the-floor) should be designed to take into account the special challenges small businesses often face when trying to implement musculoskeletal disorder prevention activities, such as limits on time, knowledge, and budget.
The purpose of this study was to summarize the effects of lifting height on low-back loading and the risk of developing low-back pain.
Manual materials handling is a common hazard for workplace injuries such as low-back pain. Although the risk factor of lifting height has been shown in the literature to be a large contributor to low-back injury incidence, currently there have been no attempts to consolidate this information into a form suitable for knowledge dissemination.
The results of this review support a knowledge dissemination campaign targeting lifting from the floor as both a method for hazard identification and as the basis of controls in workplaces with little ergonomics knowledge, or in small business.
Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24725838.2017.1338633
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