CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS AND COVERAGE
Federally directed insurance coverage for chiropractic care is more likely to restrict chiropractic regardless of the benefits chiropractic delivers to recipients. For example, chiropractic care for Medicare recipients seeing chiropractors for back pain is merely covered for spinal manipulation even though a lack of evidence showing a rise in serious risks associated with chiropractic care of back or neck pain for these Medicare patients. Actually, research has demonstrated that chiropractic care sped up recovery, lessened the number of back surgeries in a year, decreased opioid-linked disability, shrank the number of falls and traumatic injuries, reduced the decline in activities of daily living and disability over time, and lessened the costs and medical doctor visits for low back pain. (1) Another case in point is that regardless of new professional and insurance guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding back pain care, the Federal Employees Compensation Act still necessitates x-rays for chiropractic care to be reimbursed for care. (2) Rather than imaging today, other less costly and more valuable ways are research-documented to figure out if spinal manipulation is appropriate. Researchers are so experienced that they are now able to predict which low back pain patients will respond to spinal manipulation as a nonpharmacologic intervention recommended in clinical care guidelines today and by how much depending on factors like medication and exercise expectation, pain frequency, gender, height, extension ability, response to STarT Back Tool questionnaire. (3) The benefits of chiropractic care continue to grow and to be recorded, ready to be acknowledged by insurers like they are already acknowledged by Easley back pain and neck pain recipients. Young Chiropractic provides pain-relieving care despite the payment system.
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Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Not Just for The Disc Anymore!
Taking glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is more and more described as positive. A recent paper explains that taking this combination reduced overall risk of early death about as efficiently as regular exercise. (The authors do not recommend not exercising though!) (4) Another review of 77,510 supplement users found that people who took glucosamine (alone or with chondroitin) had a significantly lower risk of death. Further, current users experienced a significantly lower risk of death from cancer. (5) Even more specifically, regular use of glucosamine was associated with a significantly lower risk of total cardiovascular disease issues and death, coronary heart disease and stroke. (6) Young Chiropractic has certainly recognized the beneficial use of glucosamine and chondroitin to care for degenerated discs related to back pain and neck pain. These additional benefits just raise the bar for the benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin. Are you taking yours? Let’s talk at your next Easley chiropractic visit!
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