What to do about Back Pain? “Tell the Bells!”



Many healthcare professions are setting forth recommendations for their respective practitioners to follow when delivering health care. They hope to open conversations between patients and their healthcare providers and among healthcare providers themselves. Back pain is a huge health issue affecting 80% of us at some point in life. Back pain is managed by many types of physicians in many types of societies. Their societal recommendations are similar regarding (1) imaging (Don’t do imaging within the first 6 weeks of pain unless there are “red flags.”), (2) trying non-surgical care before imaging and/or referring for back surgery, and (3) moving the patient care from passive care to active care. More specifically, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation recommends not ordering repeat epidural steroid injections without checking for the response to the last one and not prescribing opioid drugs for acute disabling low back pain without evaluation and a trial of other alternatives. (2) The American Chiropractic Association recommends not performing repeat imaging to monitor progress of care, not obtaining spinal imaging for acute low back pain in the first 6 weeks of pain unless there are red flags, and avoiding long term use of passive care but instead move the patient to active care. (3) The American College of Emergency Room Physicians recommends avoiding lumbar spine imaging in non-traumatic back pain unless there are severe or progressive neurological deficits or a suspicion of an underlying condition. (4) The American College of Physicians recommends not obtaining imaging studies in patients with non-specific low back pain. (5) The North American Spine Society recommends not suggesting bed rest for more than 48 hours for low back pain, not using EMG studies to determine the cause of spine pain, and not doing advanced spinal imaging (ex MRI) in the first 6 weeks of non-specific acute low back pain without red flags. (6) The Danish Health Authority recommends not referring patients for back surgery for a lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy unless the severe and debilitating back pain persists for 12 weeks despite non-surgical treatment.

It’s up to you, the back pain patient or concerned loved one, to choose wisely the course of care for back pain relief. Use these professions’ Choose Wisely recommendations for back pain care to start a conversation with your chiropractic physician about the best plan for you.
Gerald O. Bell, BSc, BA, DC

Tell the Bells!

Baton Rouge Chiropractic Patients Use Chiropractic for Spine Care

Where is chiropractic medicine in your life, in the lives of other Baton Rouge folks? Let us start with where it fits in others’ lives for spine care, back pain relief, and neck pain relief at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation


Chiropractic spinal manipulation is recommended for at least 12 weeks before referral for spine surgery for lumbar disc herniation. The American Medical Association, the American Pain Society, the American College of Physicians and Harvard Medical School all state spinal manipulation and chiropractic are first line care for low back pain. Did you know that? Probably not because it requires many years for such up-to-date, proven ideas to filter to common knowledge. There are even people who (not our Baton Rouge chiropractic clients!) deem chiropractors are quacks when actually chiropractors are non-surgical back spine specialists. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation surely is the Baton Rouge back pain specialist!

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation welcomes back pain, neck pain and spine pain patients to our Baton Rouge chiropractic office, especially the more difficult cases! For example, patients who have recurrent lumbar disc herniation are found to respond to non-surgical care and evade the need for reoperation. Reports assert that from 9 to 33% of people receive spinal manipulation for pain and disability and 98% of those people see chiropractors.


The call for chiropractic spine care is increasing. A majority of neurosurgeons consider a minimum period of 8 to 12 weeks of radicular arm pain is the optimal timing before performing surgery for cervical spine disc herniation. What can such a Baton Rouge neck pain patient do? Chiropractic care at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is an option for pain relief. Another such study reported that no conclusion is drawn as to whether surgical or nonsurgical treatment is superior for individuals with lumbar spine degeneration of discs initiating the condition termed stenosis. Further, a high rate of adverse effects is reported in three of five surgical groups while no side effects were described for any of the conservative treatment options.


A second opinion before spine surgery is a good idea. A study of 137 patients proposed to have lumbar spine fusion at one institution found on second opinion at a multidisciplinary clinic that 58% did not need surgery but rather non-surgical treatment. Of those found to require surgery, the type of surgery was changed in 28% of the patients. Chiropractic spinal manipulation as used at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation has vast success in relieving low back and neck pain and leg and arm pain. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation uses a spinal manipulation technique known as Cox Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression which integrates placing the spine under distraction to decompress nerves permitting normal spine motion to return. An example is a paper describing how flexion–distraction spinal manipulation used to relieve an L4-L5 disk extrusion causing L5 nerve root radiculopathy in a 40 year old naval officer.


A report of 674 emergency room adult visits revealed that 500 (74.2%) patients had received care from at least one mind body practitioner (MBP), defined as a chiropractor, acupuncturist, yoga, or meditation practitioner. People seeking such care were significantly younger and tended to have private health insurance. 33% saw a chiropractor. Such healthcare consumers were much more apt to believe that MBP inhibited illness, treated illness, and was safe, more successful than prescription medicines, supportive of prescription medications, and more holistic.

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Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation as you come to realize that chiropractors – like your Baton Rouge chiropractor, a true Baton Rouge back pain specialist – are appropriate for the non-surgical treatment of Baton Rouge spine pain and disability. Medicine now recommends spinal manipulation, chiropractic’s specialty, as first line treatment for spine pain.

Your Posture

Here at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation, we rely on the researcher Nachemson’s documentation of the amount of pressure on your spine when in various positions: standing, sitting, moving. For this discussion on sitting, see that sitting straight exerts 140 pounds of pressure on the spine. Sitting slouched forward exerts 185 pounds of pressure. Sitting slouched forward holding weight (like a purse or baby) increases the pressures to as high as 275 pounds. Getting up to stretch drops pressure to 100mm in the standing position, so get up periodically to drop the pressure!

Help for Neuropathic Pain

Nerve pain is neuropathy.  Burning, stabbing, numb pain in the arms, hands, feet, leg, toes, and fingers is neuropathic pain.  Neuropathy is caused by a variety of likely issues like pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, or pressure from a herniated disc. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation treats all of these conditions without surgery and with the Cox Technic as part of the chiropractic treatment plan.  If you or someone you know suffers with neuropathy or neuropathic pain, burning in the hands or feet, Call us today at (225)926-1900.


A recent medical research paper discusses the value of multivitamin nutrition for taking care of disc herniation with radiculopathy (aka a pinched nerve of the spine causing extremity pain), a condition Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation invites into its Baton Rouge chiropractic office! A randomized trial of a hundred patients with this condition investigated how well treatment alone and how well treatment plus a multivitamin nutrition supplement (with vitamins like B6, B12 and others) influenced their pain, disability and requirement for NSAID drugs. They found that supplementing with a multivitamin enhanced the treatment outcomes. Adding a nutritional factor to the treatment seems unassuming, but it does prove to be quite effective for Baton Rouge chiropractic patients with back pain, neck pain, and radiculopathy. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation creates such a nutritional component to the Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan just for you, the Baton Rouge chiropractic patient so contact us today at (225)291-1900.