Spine care– the choice is yours!

Are you struggling with back pain?

While some spinal care treatments involve spine surgery, most effective methods of treatment are conservative and do not require any surgery. In fact, many patients find pain relief from their chronic back pain with conservative therapies and never have to consider back surgery.

The Spine Institute for Quality™ – or Spine IQ™ – is a private, not-for-profit community of high-performing conservative spine care clinicians who want to transform the culture of spine care.

We provide non-drug, conservative management of spine-related disorders, and we can help you find a provider who utilized those treatments. When it comes to spine care – the choice is yours!

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on the relationship between the body’s structure—mainly the spine—and its functioning. Although practitioners may use a variety of treatment approaches, they primarily perform adjustments (manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body with the goal of correcting alignment problems, alleviating pain, improving function, and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine. Research suggests that acupuncture can help manage certain pain conditions, but evidence about its value for other health issues is uncertain.

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What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapists work on muscle and other soft tissue to help you feel better using many different techniques that involve pressing, rubbing or otherwise manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. There is scientific evidence that massage may help with back pain and may improve quality of life for people with depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.

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Questions to ask your spine care practitioner

  • What is causing my back pain?
  • What can I do to prevent my back pain from getting worse?
  • Are there things I can do at home or in my life to reduce my back pain?
  • Is medicine necessary? Are there alternative treatments?
  • If medicine is needed, how does the medicine work?
  • How long can I take medicine? What are the side effects? Is long-term use harmful?
  • Could stress be a factor, and if so, what can I do about it?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • If surgery is recommended, is it really necessary and what are the risks?
  • What are the potential risks and benefits of other treatments?
  • What lifestyle changes can harm or help my back?
  • How can I be sure that my work does not negatively affect my back?
  • What are the chances that my back pain will result in permanent disability?
  • How many years have you been in practice?
  • Will you respect my preferences for a treatment plan?

Seeing a chiropractor?

Here are 5 things you should talk to your chiropractor about

As part of the Choosing Wisely initiative, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) utilized its Committee on Quality Assurance and Accountability (CQAA) to put together this list of five things you should question when seeing a chiropractor.

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Seeing a physical therapist?

Here are 5 things you should talk to your physical therapist about

As part of the Choosing Wisely initiative, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) put together this list of five things you should question when seeing working with a physical therapist.

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