Georgetown Back Pain Relief Includes Self-Management

December 18, 2019

“Just give me something to stop the pain.” or “Just do something so I don’t hurt.” are just two comments Dr. Butwell and fellow back pain healthcare practitioners commonly hear. When in pain, we all just want it to stop in the least effort required and fastest way possible. This is not always possible though. We all have to look at our pain and make friends with it to some extent. We can see it for what it is. Temporary. Unwelcome. Disruptive. But manageable many times when engaged. Dr. Butwell encourages our Georgetown back pain patients and neck pain patients to take part in their back pain relief process. It makes a difference. It may well change your life for the better. Many Georgetown chiropractic patients have experienced this.

SELF-MANAGEMENT BENEFITS

Remarkably up to 25% of back pain patients in a new study were not actively involved in their spine care treatment plan. Research is filled with studies emphasizing the significance of patient-involvement in treatment of spine pain. What kept such patients involved? In researcher-ease, environmental context and resources, emotion, memory/attention/decision-making, and behavioural regulation did. Knowing that these things were the interfering offending factors that interfered with patients’ participation in their own care, researchers made a special plan to deal with these issues and increase the patients’ understanding and participation via text reminders, exercises, lifestyle changes, webinars, videos, paper educational materials and more. (1) One study discovered that a variety of approaches to lessen disability and work absenteeism was cost effective though no one particular intervention stood out over others. (2) Like these researchers, Dr. Butwell tries to do anything possible to help our Georgetown back pain and neck pain patients!

SPINE EXERCISES AND EMS

This may be a unique helpful intervention for certain patients: whole-body electromyostimulation. It dropped nonspecific chronic low back pain equally as well as back-strengthening exercise protocols. When fear of movement and functional limitations due to back pain play a role, whole body electrical stimulation improved patients’ strength and stabilization in a timely fashion, dropping pain intensity and improving trunk flexors. (3) Dr. Butwell shares such options to help our patients.

SELF-MANAGEMENT APP

Ever heard the saying “There’s an app for that!”? Dr. Butwell is positive you have! Not surprising45 in today’s app-crazy world that there is an app in development to help you keep track of self-management tasks like exercise, sleep, etc. For the “selfBACK” app, researchers are currently gathering data on the effectiveness of various interventions at baseline, 6 weeks, 3, 6, and 9 months for nonspecific low back pain. From this research data, researchers plan to fill the app with tips and exercises that have worked for others with similar issues. Each patient’s app will then be personalized for self-management of back pain and other musculoskeletal issues based upon others with similar conditions found helpful and relieving. (4) Dr. Butwell looks forward to saying “There is an app for that!" Dr. Butwell knows that some of our Georgetown back pain patients will love this!

CONTACT Dr. Butwell

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jack Stern on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how back pain patients may help themselves to optimal back pain relief.

Schedule a Georgetown chiropractic visit soon to begin care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management at Dr. Butwell. Be ready to be engaged with your back pain treatment plan for back pain relief. You will be so happy that the pill or “something” was not offered once you are feeling better in terms of back pain relief and mental contentment that you were an active part of the relief process.

Dr. Butwell invites back pain sufferers to participate in their own back pain relief recovery.