surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery as well as the most common
ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists,”
reports Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s article called
Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way
to open an article! It continues:
- $90 billion on low back pain alone a year
- 1.2 million spinal surgeries annually
- $60,000 to $110,000 per lumbar fusion
surgery (the fastest-growing type of surgery in the past decade)
back surgery failure rate, the so-called “failed back syndrome” or the more “politically
correct” term “post-surgical continued pain syndrome,” is as high
as 50%. (1) With healthcare spending in the US over $3.5
trillion - $10,739 a person – it is no wonder that insurers seek another way to cut costs, especially when one-third
of the money goes to hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is well-equipped and knowledgeable
in offering non-hospital-based care to help Fernandina Beach back pain –
chronic and acute – patients get relief of and manage
their back pain – and post-surgical continued back pain - non-surgically.
BACK PAIN FACTS
back pain is the leading cause of years lived with
disability around the world. Today, guidelines
for low back pain relief care discourage pain medications, steroid injections
and spine surgery and encourage physical therapy and psychological therapy.
Healthcare systems have a tendency to struggle with
these novel approaches. Why? Pharmaceutical companies’ financial
interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,
and legal, personal, political, and societal beliefs of us all. These concepts
are presented in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization,
believe it or not. (3) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic reads this with interest.
light of these facts, it’s not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will pick back surgery over
non-surgical management of their back pain. “Patients go where
insurance pays, even if it is surgery.” In one study, back pain sufferers chose to see a primary care physician (PCP) or
physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor first based
on their health plan type, co-payment, and deductible. Modifying
these factors to make them more valuable/less expensive/less
restrictive as to provider type might well inspire
low back pain sufferers to choose non-hospital, conservative
treatment instead of back surgery. (4) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is
all for this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers must
have back surgery. (5) Amelia Chiropractic Clinic is prepared to assist
the rest of the Fernandina Beach back pain
sufferers cope with their back pain and adapt their
lifestyles to be with the spine they have and deal with
its episodes of pain and relief.
back pain sufferers are not alone if their back pain returns. It happens. It is controllable. It is
manageable. Some facts first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of
patients experienced another episode of back pain of some sort. Awkward
postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences spark
the risk of back pain recurrence. (6) It’s ok though. Really!
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic helps Fernandina Beach back pain patients find their
way through these recurrences and manage them so they don’t limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic
to Dr. Kimble Cater on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson share how
he helped an expectant mother with her repeated episodes of back pain. Whether you
are pregnant or not, Fernandina Beach chiropractic care at
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic can help you cope with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a Fernandina Beach chiropractic appointment at
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic for back pain relief. Our care is not overused! The gentle, effective, evidence-based system of
Technic seeks 50% relief within 4-6 weeks of care and often gets
70%, 80%, 90% and greater for many of our patients at less cost – in
terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.