How well do you understand your spine and what it needs? Does your doctor? Does your insurance provider (ie, Medicare)? Young Chiropractic prides itself on understanding the spine of each of our Easley chiropractic patients. Your Easley chiropractor examines your low back when there’s low back pain, your neck when there’s neck pain, your neck when there is arm pain, your low back when you have 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 does not. The chiropractic profession endeavors to provide the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for your spine while your Easley chiropractor strives to communicate openly with your insurer for your best care and with you for your optimal clinical outcome: relief of pain.
Administrators’ data does not tell the entire story about back pain. In a study that compared self-reported low back pain to data gathered by health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes and such found that these two sources do not agree. Self-reported data about low back pain (21.2%) was higher 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) Young Chiropractic knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back pain patients like you.
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In a study that specifically examined one influence on back pain - spinal stiffness - from the subjective patient point of view and the objective testing angle found that these two measures don’t correlate well either. At least in this comparison, real input was from people: patients filling out questionnaires and doctors who filled out objective tests. These findings led the researchers to observe that while these two sources don’t correlate well, each is important in the whole general picture of the patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Easley chiropractor factors in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Easley chiropractor is an evidence-based chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at Young Chiropractic. A fascinating study of chiropractic students found that with each year of schooling they became less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school, your chiropractor is ready to take care of Easley back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of useful 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 type of non-drug pain management offering. In an analysis 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 found to have higher 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 expense (fewer medical doctors visits for low back pain, less opioid expense, less back-surgery cost) with more 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 utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Easley chiropractic care appointment with Young Chiropractic. Your Easley chiropractor knows your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back pain or leg pain.