How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Satterwhite Chiropractic prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Oxford chiropractic patients. Your Oxford
chiropractor assesses 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 is
leg pain, your thoracic spine when there’s thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor knows your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession endeavors to deliver
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Oxford chiropractor endeavors
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your best
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data does not tell the entire
story about back pain. In a study that compared
self-reported low back pain to data gathered by
health groups that track low back pain via billing codes
and the like discovered that these two sources
do not agree. Self-reported data regarding low back
pain (21.2%) was higher than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients founded on data varied
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Satterwhite Chiropractic 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, actual 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 do not correlate well, each is
valuable in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Oxford chiropractor factors
in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Oxford chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Satterwhite Chiropractic. An interesting study of chiropractic
students found that with
each year of education they became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is ready to take care of Oxford
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 prevent
unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one such non-drug
pain management offering. In an
analysis of 101,221 spine pain patients, 1.55 to 2.03 times more non-chiropractic
patients got an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who utilize chiropractic are shown
to have higher clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries 12 months 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 are not
bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
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 relieving
treatment of back pain utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Oxford
chiropractic care visit with Satterwhite Chiropractic. Know that
Satterwhite Chiropractic knows Oxford back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.