How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurer (ie,
Medicare)? Cross Chiropractic Center prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Sandy Springs chiropractic patients. Your Sandy Springs
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 there is
leg pain, your thoracic spine when you have thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor ”gets” your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer does not.
The chiropractic profession strives to deliver
the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for
your spine while your Sandy Springs chiropractor strives
to communicate openly with your insurer for your optimal
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data does not tell the whole
story about back pain. In a study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data assembled by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and such discovered that these two groups
do not agree. Self-reported data about 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 undervalued prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Cross Chiropractic 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 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 directed the researchers to observe
that while these two sources don’t correlate well, each is
valuable in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Sandy Springs chiropractor factors
in this evidence to take care of your spine.
Your Sandy Springs chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Cross Chiropractic Center. A fascinating study of chiropractic
students found that with
each year of learning they became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Sandy 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 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 filled an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who utilize chiropractic are shown
to have higher 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 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.
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
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 Sandy Springs
chiropractic care visit with Cross Chiropractic Center. Know that
Cross Chiropractic Center knows Sandy Springs back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.