Back Pain Helped by Accessible Chiropractic Care in Cost and Relief
Back pain and neck pain are not only painful but also costly and manytimes complex. Overall health care spending in the United State keeps increasing: $1.4 trillion in 1996 to $3.1 trillion in 2016. It accounts for 18% of the US economy as of 2020. Of the top 154 conditions that insurers pay for the coverage of, low back pain
and neck pain
were the most costly at $134.5 billion. (What conditions followed? #2 was musculoskeletal disorders, and #3 was diabetes care.) (1)
In a Medicare expenditure study of spinal care by chiropractors, researchers reported that $400 to $500 million was spent each year. They also stated that higher accessibility to chiropractic lowered the reliance on primary care services for painful spinal conditions. Further, some monetary savings for treatment of spine pain conditions was seen in the care of ambulatory patients that may well add up to bigger savings since spine pain conditions are seen so often in older adults. (2)
Ambulatory patients can get themselves to a healthcare practitioner, and many find their way to chiropractors. Chiropractors are known for their care of the spine and spine-related, musculoskeletal conditions. A recent study reported that they, predictably, usually chose spinal manipulation
for clinical treatments of spinal conditions and soft tissue approaches for extremity pain conditions. (3)
Chiropractors are well-educated to diagnose co-morbidities, conditions that spine pain patients deal with in addition to spine pain that are not related to the spine. Researchers are presently collecting data that will show just how many of these types of conditions chiropractors find in their patients. (4)
This existence of non-spine related conditions is the basis for chiropractors’ intensive diagnostic training and familiarity with co-management with other medical care as is necessary. Your chiropractor is prepared to examine, diagnose, and treat your spine-related pain condition
no matter its complexity in a cost-effective, gentle, well-researched manner often using The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management
TIP OF THE MONTH: Understand Spinal Muscle Care: Electrical Current
Paying attention to the spinal muscles is essential, too. This applies to young and old alike! For the older folks, it is really important as loss of skeletal spinal mass - which affects lumbar lordosis, too - makes them vulnerable to chronic low back pain. (5) Fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles correlated greatly with a higher risk of back pain and disability in a recent study. (6) Electrical stimulation (as well as exercise and nutrition which your chiropractor also encourages!) is helpful in enhancing spinal muscle. Interferential current was said to be better than placebo at decreasing pain and disability right after use in chronic low back pain patients. (7) Your individualized Easley chiropractic treatment plan may include such adjunct care along with spinal manipulation. Embrace it!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jay Young on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to treat and contain back pain in a patient with degenerative disc disease.
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