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Direct Primary Care for Lower Back Pain: Matching Evidence with Convenience

Direct Primary Care for Lower Back Pain: Matching Evidence with Convenience

Dr. Michael Derry, DPT, PT, OCS Jacksonville, Florida

Do you find yourself waiting weeks to get an appointment with your primary care provider to address your lower back pain? And then when you do get to your appointment, are you left waiting for hours past your appointment time only to then see the provider for 10 minutes?

If this situation sounds familiar, it may be time to consider seeing a direct primary care provider. When you have lower back pain and desperately want to find relief, it’s important that you see a provider who can guide you to the right treatments for your pain and get you back to living life on your own terms.

Direct Primary Care for Lower Back Pain

What exactly is direct primary care?

  • Direct primary care is personalized healthcare that places greater emphasis on the relationship between you and your provider.
  • Your payments for service go directly to your primary care provider and not through your insurance.
  • Your payments cover all of your treatment (no surprise bills later!)
  • Direct primary care providers limit their total patients to assure they can give you the time and attention that you deserve.
  • Direct primary care provides quick and convenient access to care when you need it.

How can a direct primary care provider help with lower back pain?

A direct primary care provider will assess your symptoms and help determine the best treatment options for your lower back pain. They can help direct you to conservative treatment options, provide you with medications when appropriate, and determine if you may need further imaging such as an x-ray or MRI.

What does the evidence say about direct primary care?

The research indicates most acute and chronic lower back pain is going to respond the best to conservative treatment options. At a direct primary care provider’s office, they are only going to provide you with conservative treatment options that have been shown to be effective. This could include interventions like massage, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, trigger point injections, and many other options. 

The evidence tells us that outcomes with lower back pain are better when the patient’s needs are heard. A direct primary care provider has the time to address all your questions and can help to reduce any fears you may have about the pain you’re experiencing. And if they feel that they are not able to fully address your needs, they will match you with a skilled provider in their network. 

Direct primary care providers give you the best results with your lower back pain because they give you quick access to the care you need. You don’t have to jump through hoops waiting for your insurance to approve of multiple visits just to get the services you need in real time to reduce your lower back pain. And since direct primary care provider’s decisions are not driven by what your insurance will reimburse, they assure that you get only the treatments that they know will help you the most. 

Direct primary care can save you time and money.

We know that our country spends millions per year on all the medical costs associated with treating lower back pain.

Because a direct primary care provider takes the time to listen to your needs and makes sure you only get the care you need, you don't waste your precious time or money on specialist visits, unnecessary imaging, or dangerous medications that may not help your lower back pain.

Want to take matters into your own hands?

If you’re looking for ways you can start treating your lower back pain in the comfort of your own home, check out my self-directed course for lower back pain. And if your direct primary care provider recommends physical therapy, this self-directed course provides you with the value of 8-12 therapy sessions at a fraction of the cost!

Check out my self-guided lower back pain course today!

Want to know more about lower back pain and direct primary care?

If you want to know more about how a direct primary care provider could serve you, check out this YouTube video where I chat with Dr. Cardona in Jacksonville, Florida about her direct primary care practice.

And if you want to understand more about lower back pain and what you can do about it, check out my blogs for more information to empower you no matter where you are in your recovery journey!

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1. Qaseem, A., Wilt, T., McClean, R., Forciea, M. (2017). Noninvasive treatments for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain: A clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians, Annals of Internal Medicine, 166 (7), 514-530. 2. Roberto, M., Piscitelli, D., Ravasio, C., Vanti, C., Bertozzi, L., Vito, G., Perin, C., Guiccione, A., Cerri, C., Pilastrini, P. (2021). Evidence for managing chronic low back pain in primary care: a review of recommendations from high-quality clinical practice guidelines, Disability and Rehabilitation, 43:7, 1029-1043, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1645888

Dr. Michael Derry is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and board certified in orthopedics. He is very passionate about treating lower back pain and helping people build their resiliency. He has spent time assisting at universities as well as managing large clinics before starting his own practice in Jacksonville, FL.

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