How well do you understand your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Amelia Chiropractic Clinic prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Fernandina Beach chiropractic patients. Your Fernandina Beach
chiropractor examines your low back when there’s
low back pain, your neck when there’s neck pain, your neck when there
is arm pain, your low back when there’s
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 endeavors to deliver
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Fernandina Beach chiropractor endeavors
to communicate openly with your insurer for your best
care and with you for your optimal 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 the like discovered that these two sources
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 founded on data differed
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that specifically 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 whole general picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Fernandina Beach chiropractor factors
in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Fernandina Beach chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic. A fascinating 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 prepared to take care of Fernandina Beach
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of useful chiropractic
spine care keeps growing! Researchers write today of
how 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 use chiropractic are found
to have higher clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries a year later, less opioid-associated
disability, fewer traumatic falls and injuries, slower declines in activities
of daily living and disability over time) at less cost (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 as they described how non-pharmacological relieving
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Fernandina Beach
chiropractic care visit with Amelia Chiropractic Clinic. Know that
Amelia Chiropractic Clinic knows Fernandina Beach back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.