Pain and inflammation are known companions.
Spinal manipulation has been utilized to decrease spine
pain, back pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain. New studies describe how the effect of spinal manipulation may extend beyond the spine
to possibly control inflammation and its influence
on spine pain. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries 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 Manchester chiropractic treatment plan.
Biomarkers are measurable indicators of
body function via tests like blood pressure, urine testing, blood testing,
imaging, etc. Biomarkers can signify normal and abnormal
processes occurring 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 recent biomarker test is brain
imaging. What makes brain imaging interesting? 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 capable of producing brain resting-state functional connectivity to analyze
such alterations. (1) Researchers keep coming
up with new tests! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is following
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 around the globe, researchers are researching
biomarkers and their role in low back pain. Researchers wondered if there was a difference in the inflammatory
profiles of nonspecific acute and chronic low back pain sufferers. They found
a distinct difference in that there was a
difference between pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory mediator levels leaning
toward 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 Manchester chiropractor monitor
your back pain in a novel way.
BIOMARKER TESTING OF BACK PAIN RESPONSE TO SPINAL
The chiropractic treatment plan at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries currently
is based on gentle spinal manipulation to reduce
pain. A blood test study for biomarkers taken at the beginning of and
2 weeks after such spinal manipulative treatment documented
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 beneficial
findings for the implementation of spinal manipulation for back pain.
Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is excited to see more information about
biomarker-level changes with Manchester 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 discusses how
use of chiropractic spinal manipulation and Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction may
well go beyond pain relief.
Set up your Manchester
chiropractic appointment now. Every day, pain and
inflammation come to our clinic together. Our treatment
helps ease their impact on the lives of
our Manchester chiropractic patients.