How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your doctor? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Spine & Sports Rehab Center prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients. Your Baton Rouge
chiropractor assesses your low back when there is
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 you have thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor ”gets” your
spine. Unfortunately, sometimes your insurer does not.
The chiropractic profession strives to provide
the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for
your spine while your Baton Rouge chiropractor endeavors
to communicate openly with your insurer for your best
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data does not tell the entire
story about back pain. In one study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data gathered by
health groups that track low back pain via billing codes
and such discovered that these two groups
do not agree. Self-reported data regarding low back
pain (21.2%) was greater than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data differed
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Spine & Sports Rehab Center knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that specifically looked
at one influence on back pain - spinal stiffness - from the subjective
patient angle and the objective testing angle found
that these two measures don’t correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, actual 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 do not correlate well, each is
important in the whole general picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Baton Rouge chiropractor uses this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Baton Rouge chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Spine & Sports Rehab Center. An interesting study of chiropractic
students revealed how as each year of school passed the students became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is ready to take care of Baton Rouge
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of useful chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! 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 shown
to have better clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries a year later, less opioid-associated
disability, fewer traumatic falls and injuries, slower declines in activities
of daily living and disability over time) at less cost (fewer
medical doctors visits for low back pain, less opioid expense, less back-surgery
cost) with higher levels of satisfaction. (5) These are not
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 relieving
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Baton Rouge
chiropractic care visit with Spine & Sports Rehab Center. Know that
Spine & Sports Rehab Center knows Baton Rouge back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.