How well do you understand your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Paramus chiropractic patients. Your Paramus
chiropractor examines your low back when there is
low back pain, your neck when there is neck pain, your neck when there’s arm pain, your low back when there is
leg pain, your thoracic spine when there’s thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor knows your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession strives to deliver
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Paramus chiropractor endeavors
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 one study that compared
self-reported low back pain to data collected by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and such 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 based on data varied
in a few areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that expressly 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 do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, real input was from people: patients who
filled out questionnaires and doctors who filled out
objective tests. These findings led the researchers to notice
that while these two sources don’t correlate well, each is
important in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Paramus chiropractor uses this evidence to take care of your spine.
Your Paramus chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center. An interesting study of chiropractic
students found that 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 Paramus
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers write today of
how the use of non-pharmacological pain management may inhibit
unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one such non-drug
pain management offering. In a study 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 a year 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 more satisfaction. (5) These aren’t
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 alleviating
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Paramus
chiropractic care appointment with Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center. Know that
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center knows Paramus back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.