surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery as well as the most common
ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists,”
conveys Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s article called
Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way
to open an article! It goes on:
- $90 billion on low back pain alone annually
- 1.2 million spinal surgeries a
- $60,000 to $110,000 per lumbar fusion
surgery (the fastest-growing type of surgery in the past 10 years)
back surgery failure rate, the so-called “failed back syndrome” or the more “politically
correct” term “post-surgical continued pain syndrome,” may be as high
as 50%. (1) With healthcare spending in the US exceeding $3.5
trillion - $10,739 per person – it’s no wonder that insurers look
for another way to cut costs, especially when one-third
of the money is spent for hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Spine & Sports Rehab Center is well-trained and confident
in offering non-hospital-based care to help Baton Rouge back pain –
chronic and acute – patients get relief of and handle
their back pain – as well as post-surgical continued back pain - non-surgically.
BACK PAIN FACTS
back pain is the leading cause of years lived with
disability around the world. Today, recommendations
for low back pain relief care discourage pain medications, steroid injections
and spine surgery and encourage physical therapy and psychological therapy.
Healthcare systems have a tendency to struggle with
these new approaches. Why? Pharmaceutical companies’ financial
interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,
and legal, personal, political, and societal beliefs of us all. These concepts
are shared in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization,
believe it or not. (3) Spine & Sports Rehab Center reads this with interest.
Considering these facts, it is not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will decide on back surgery over
non-surgical care of their back pain. “Patients go where
insurance pays, even if it is surgery.” In one study, back pain sufferers chose to visit a primary care physician (PCP) or
physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor first based
on their health plan type, co-payment, and deductible. Modifying
these things to make them more valuable/less expensive/less
restrictive as to provider type might well inspire
low back pain sufferers to pick non-hospital, conservative
treatment instead of back surgery. (4) Spine & Sports Rehab Center is
all for this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers must
have back surgery. (5) Spine & Sports Rehab Center is ready to help
the rest of the Baton Rouge back pain
sufferers manage their back pain and rework their
lifestyles to be with the spine they have and deal with
its episodes of pain and relief.
back pain sufferers are not alone if their back pain returns. It happens. It is controllable. It is
manageable. Some data first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of
patients had another episode of back pain of some sort. Awkward
postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences prompt
the risk of back pain recurrence. (6) It is ok though. Truly!
Spine & Sports Rehab Center helps Baton Rouge back pain patients find their
way through these recurrences and manage them so they do
not limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
Spine & Sports Rehab Center
to Dr. Kimble Cater on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson discuss how
he helped an expectant mother with her repeated episodes of back pain. Whether you’re pregnant or not, Baton Rouge chiropractic care at
Spine & Sports Rehab Center can help you deal with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment at
Spine & Sports Rehab Center for back pain relief. Our care is not overused! The gentle, effective, evidence-based system of
Technic seeks 50% relief within 4-6 weeks of care and often gets
70%, 80%, 90% and greater for many of our patients at less cost – in
terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.