The Novelli Wellness Center Treats Back Pain and Neck Pain Cost and Pain-Reducing Effectively

Have you heard it said that numbers don’t lie? With all the numbers out there about back and neck pain costs and outcomes, we can put that to the test. The Novelli Wellness Center shares a few of the more recent ones that are quite interesting and supportive of our Buffalo, NY chiropractic approach using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

OPTIONS USED FOR BACK PAIN VS BACK PAIN GUIDELINE RECOMMENDATIONS

Treatment guidelines for back pain are well-published.  Are they followed? Of 100 million patient healthcare insurance claims, 56,000 had persistent low back pain. These patients weren’t surgical candidates and had experienced conventional medical care. Of those 56,000, 60% utilized physical therapy, 50% underwent chiropractic, 26% got steroid injections and 66% took prescribed pain meds (57% opioids, 38% muscle relaxants). Were guidelines followed? Not exactly. Contrary to low back pain treatment guidelines, most patients were given opioids while several non-drug treatments were utilized by only a few. (1) Another report stated that 775,893 general practitioner visits resulted in 6,904 referrals (just 0.89%) to physiotherapy, a non-drug treatment option for frequently referred problems like low back pain and osteoarthritis. (2) The healthcare costs of these patients were quite substantial. (1) Buffalo, NY back pain treatment costs are not that different.

COSTS OF BACK PAIN CARE

According to a review of Humana insurance claims, the pre-surgical costs of conservative treatment options for cervical spine radiculopathy were just 37.7% of the overall non-surgical expenses for this condition. Injection costs were the greatest, costing $988 on average per patient. Other expenses were – in order of cost expenditure - physical therapy ($510), medications (narcotics, gabapentin, NSAIDs), bracing ($193), and chiropractic services ($193). 62% of overall costs for care of cervical radiculopathy went to diagnostic modalities.  (3) Buffalo, NY neck and back pain sufferers have an experienced chiropractic option in their chiropractor at The Novelli Wellness Center.

INTERPROFESSIONAL REFERRAL FOR BACK PAIN CARE

Recent data showed a 106% increase in the number of physician visits for low back pain and extremity pain that led to a referral to another physician partly because of ineffective outpatient conservative treatment. The study that presented this finding concluded with the suggestion that patients who are most likely to need surgery would be referred to as their first subspeciality, a surgeon. Additionally, patients who are less likely to require surgery would see a non-operative spine specialist or primary care physician. (4) Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor at The Novelli Wellness Center is well-prepared to be the Buffalo, NY non-surgical spine specialist this article suggests for our Buffalo, NY low back pain and neck pain and arm pain and leg pain sufferers!

CLINICAL OUTCOMES OF TREATMENT

Of 609 patients with sciatica and back-related leg pain visiting primary care physicians, only 55% reported ‘improvement’ – just 30% or more decrease in disability - at one year follow-up. (5) Chiropractors using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management seek at minimum a 50% decrease of pain non-surgically in a month. In a 1000 cases study of Cox® Technic treatment outcomes, leg pain radicular patients improved significantly more with Cox® Technic flexion distraction therapy than with physical therapy. (6) In a study of post-surgical continued back pain patients, 81% of them scored greater than 50% relief of pain in 11 visits in 49 days (mean). At two your follow-up, 78.6% of them still had greater than 50% relief of pain. Mean relief of pain was maintained: 71.6% at the end of active care and 70% at 2-year follow-up. (7) Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor provides just such relief and knows when to refer if necessary.

CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Byron Folwell on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management incorporation for relieving post-surgical continued back pain.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. Do not let numbers worry you. Let them lead you down the path to pain relief. See you soon!

 
The Novelli Wellness Center explains the various costs associated with back pain and neck pain care options, both surgical and non-surgical, pharmacological and non-drug.  
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