How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Soft Health and Healing Clinic prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Brooks chiropractic patients. Your Brooks
chiropractor assesses your low back when there is
low back pain, your neck when there’s neck pain, your neck when you have arm pain, your low back when there is
leg pain, your thoracic spine when there is thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor ”gets” your
spine. Unfortunately, sometimes your insurer does not.
The chiropractic profession endeavors to provide
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Brooks chiropractor strives
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your optimal
care and with you for your optimal clinical outcome: back pain relief, neck pain relief, arm pain relief, leg pain relief,
Administrators’ data does not tell the whole
story about back pain. In one study that compared
self-reported low back pain to data collected by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and the like discovered that these two groups
don’t agree. Self-reported data regarding low back
pain (21.2%) was greater than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data differed
in a few areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an undervalued prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that specifically looked
at one influence on back pain - spinal stiffness - from the subjective
patient point of view and the objective testing angle revealed
that these two measures don’t correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, authentic input was from people: patients who
filled out questionnaires and doctors who filled out
objective tests. These findings directed the researchers to observe
that while these two sources do not correlate well, each is
valuable in the whole general picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Brooks chiropractor factors
in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Brooks chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Soft Health and Healing Clinic. A fascinating study of chiropractic
students found that with
each year of education the students became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is ready to take care of Brooks
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers write today that the use of non-pharmacological pain management may prevent
unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one such non-drug
pain management offering. In a study of 101,221 spine pain patients, 1.55 to 2.03 times more non-chiropractic
patients filled an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who utilize chiropractic are found
to have better clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries a year later, less opioid-associated
disability, fewer traumatic falls and injuries, slower declines in activities
of daily living and disability over time) at less cost (fewer
medical doctors visits for low back pain, less opioid expense, less back-surgery
cost) with higher levels of satisfaction. (5) These aren’t
bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.
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Listen to this PODCAST
by Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as they described how non-pharmacological alleviating
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Brooks
chiropractic care visit with Soft Health and Healing Clinic. Your Brooks chiropractor knows
your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back
pain or leg pain.