How well do you know your spine and what it needs?
Does your doctor? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Colorado Springs chiropractic patients. Your Colorado Springs
chiropractor assesses your low back when there is
low back pain, your neck when there’s neck pain, your neck when there’s arm pain, your low back when there is
leg pain, your thoracic spine when you have thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor knows your
spine. Unfortunately, sometimes your insurer does not.
The chiropractic profession strives to deliver
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Colorado Springs chiropractor strives
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your best
care and with you for your optimal clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data doesn’t tell the whole
story about back pain. In a study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data collected by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and the like discovered that these two sources
don’t agree. Self-reported data regarding low back
pain (21.2%) was higher than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data varied
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
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 revealed
that these two measures don’t correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, actual input was from people: patients who
filled out questionnaires and doctors doing
objective tests. These findings directed 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 Colorado Springs chiropractor factors
in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Colorado Springs chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR. A fascinating study of chiropractic
students revealed how with
each year of schooling they became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Colorado Springs
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of useful chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers write today that 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 filled 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 12 months 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 more satisfaction. (5) These aren’t
bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
Listen to this PODCAST
by Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson describing how non-pharmacological alleviating
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Colorado Springs
chiropractic care appointment with The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR. Your Colorado Springs chiropractor knows
your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back
pain or leg pain.