How well do you understand your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurer (ie,
Medicare)? Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Carrolltown chiropractic patients. Your Carrolltown
chiropractor examines your low back when there’s
low back pain, your neck when there is neck pain, your neck when you have 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 doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession strives to provide
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Carrolltown chiropractor endeavors
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your optimal
care and with you for your optimal clinical outcome: back pain relief, neck pain relief, arm pain relief, leg pain relief,
Administrators’ data does not tell the whole
story about back pain. In one study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data assembled by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and the like discovered that these two groups
don’t agree. Self-reported data about low back
pain (21.2%) was higher than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients founded on data varied
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 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, real input was from people: patients filling out questionnaires and doctors doing
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 Carrolltown chiropractor uses this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Carrolltown chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. An interesting study of chiropractic
students revealed how with
each year of education the students became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Carrolltown
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of useful chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers report 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 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 higher levels of satisfaction. (5) These are not
bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.
CONTACT Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
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 relieving
treatment of back pain utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Carrolltown
chiropractic care appointment with Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. Know that
Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation knows Carrolltown back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.