How well do you understand your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Disc Centers Of America prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients. Your Buffalo, NY
chiropractor examines your low back when there’s
low back pain, your neck when there’s neck pain, your neck when there’s 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 does not.
The chiropractic profession strives to provide
the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for
your spine while your Buffalo, NY chiropractor endeavors
to communicate clearly 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 gathered by
health groups that track low back pain via billing codes
and such discovered that these two groups
do not agree. Self-reported data regarding low back
pain (21.2%) was greater than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data differed
in a few areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an undervalued prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Disc Centers Of America 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, authentic input was from people: patients filling out questionnaires and doctors doing
objective tests. These findings led the researchers to note
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 Buffalo, NY chiropractor uses this evidence to take care of your spine.
Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Disc Centers Of America. An interesting 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 ready to take care of Buffalo, NY
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 type of 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 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 higher levels of 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 describing how non-pharmacological alleviating
treatment of back pain utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Buffalo, NY
chiropractic care visit with Disc Centers Of America. Know that
Disc Centers Of America knows Buffalo, NY back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.