How well do you understand your spine and what it needs?
Does your physician? Does your insurer (ie,
Medicare)? Manahawkin Chiropractic Center prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Manahawkin chiropractic patients. Your Manahawkin
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 knows your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession endeavors to deliver
the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for
your spine while your Manahawkin chiropractor endeavors
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your optimal
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data does not tell the entire
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 found 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)
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that expressly 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 do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, actual input was from people: patients filling 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
important in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Manahawkin chiropractor factors
in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Manahawkin chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center. An interesting study of chiropractic
students revealed how 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 Manahawkin
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps growing! Researchers report 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 filled 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-linked
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 more 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 using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Manahawkin
chiropractic care visit with Manahawkin Chiropractic Center. Know that
Manahawkin Chiropractic Center knows Manahawkin back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.