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October 2023 Healthy News from Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers Accessible Chiropractic Care Helps Back Pain and Spinal Muscles: Reduced Costs and Relief

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Back Pain Helped by Accessible Chiropractic Care in Cost and Relief 
Back pain and neck pain are often painful as well as costly and manytimes complex. Overall health care spending in the US keeps rising: $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 more accessibility to chiropractic reduced the reliance on primary care services for spine pain conditions. Further, some financial savings for care of spine pain conditions was reported for ambulatory patients that may well equate to large savings since spine pain conditions are so common in older adults. (2) Ambulatory patients can get themselves to a healthcare provider, and many go to chiropractors. Chiropractors are known for their care of the spine and spine-related, musculoskeletal conditions. A new study noted that they, predictably, most often chose spinal manipulation for clinical encounters involving spinal conditions and soft tissue approaches for extremity pain conditions. (3) Chiropractors are well-educated to diagnose co-morbidities, conditions that spine pain patients have in addition to spine pain that are not spine related. Researchers are presently collecting data that will reveal just how many such conditions chiropractors see in their patients. (4) This existence of non-spine related conditions is a basis for chiropractors’ intensive diagnostic training and familiarity with co-management with other medical care as needed. Your chiropractor is prepared to examine, diagnose, and treat your spine-related pain condition no matter its complexity in a cost-effective, gentle, evidence-based manner often using The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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TIP OF THE MONTH: Understand Spinal Muscle Care: Electrical Current

Care of the spinal muscles is important, too. This applies to young and old alike! For the older folks, it’s 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 showed a significant relationship to a greater risk of back pain and disability in a recent study. (6) Electrical stimulation (as well as exercise and nutrition which your chiropractor also supports!) is helpful in improving spinal muscle. Interferential current was reportedly better than placebo at decreasing pain and disability immediately after use in chronic low back pain patients. (7) Your individualized Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan may incorporate 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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