PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is interesting. A study found
that 53.1% of all US physicians recommended
at least one CHA to patients in the past year. The most
common approaches recommended were massage therapy (30.4%), chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation (27.1%),
herbs/nonvitamin supplements (26.5%), yoga (25.6%) and acupuncture (22.4%).
Female doctors were more likely than their male counterparts to refer for massage,
supplements, acupuncture and mind-body therapies. Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and
pediatricians were less inclined to recommend
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often suggested manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%).
(1) And it has been recorded that first contact
care by a chiropractor for issues like back pain, shoulder and hip pain brings
about lower cost of care as well as clinically comparable
pain relief and greater satisfaction levels. (2) We love to see this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all types! Oxford chiropractic patients may well benefit from such collaboration in costs savings,
pain relief, and assurance in the care they receive.
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Kim Lombardy on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who interacts
with physicians of all professions to help patients and especially
his patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that bothered
her after her hip surgery. His application of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management sets him apart.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Just for fun, check out these Danish articles
about the benefits of holiday joy and Santa fun! One analysis of medical doctors whose
November conferences (with coffee) were compared to December conferences
(without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits enhanced the happiness
to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors point out
that the research study was “kept secret for the participant in accordance
with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study looked
at issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may influence
doctors’ divorce statistics in
the months following the holidays. Divorce rates rose least for general
practitioners whose relationships were also found to be longer
that other medical subspecialties. Believing
in Santa was advantageous only for psychiatrists!
These authors’ bottom-line recommendation was to join in
the Christmas fun but do not rely on Santa for the gift
shopping. Each person must do that for himself/herself! (4)
Bring Santa with you to your next Oxford chiropractic
appointment! He will do us all some good!
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
Schedule your next Oxford chiropractic
appointment today with Satterwhite Chiropractic. Satterwhite Chiropractic hopes you
see Santa and smile with joy. Satterwhite Chiropractic welcomes any referrals
from physicians for Oxford chiropractic spinal manipulation which Satterwhite Chiropractic
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Oxford.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!