How well do you know your spine and what it needs?
Does your doctor? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Manchester chiropractic patients. Your Manchester
chiropractor examines your low back when there is
low back pain, your neck when there’s neck pain, your neck when there’s arm pain, your low back when there’s
leg pain, your thoracic spine when there is thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor knows your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession strives to deliver
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Manchester chiropractor strives
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your best
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data doesn’t tell the entire
story about back pain. In one study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data collected by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and such found that these two sources
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 underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that specifically examined one influence on back pain - spinal stiffness - from the subjective
patient angle and the objective testing angle revealed
that these two measures do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, actual input was from people: patients who
filled out questionnaires and doctors who filled out
objective tests. These findings led the researchers to note
that while these two sources do not correlate well, each is
valuable in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Manchester chiropractor factors
in this evidence to take care of your spine.
Your Manchester chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries. A fascinating study of chiropractic
students found that as each year of school passed they became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Manchester
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers write today of
how 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 got an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who utilize chiropractic are shown
to have better clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries 12 months 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 are not
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 describing how non-pharmacological relieving
treatment of back pain utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Manchester
chiropractic care visit with Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries. Your Manchester chiropractor knows
your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back
pain or leg pain.