How well do you understand your spine and what it needs?
Does your doctor? Does your insurer (ie,
Medicare)? Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Eugene chiropractic patients. Your Eugene
chiropractor examines your low back when there’s
low back pain, your neck when there is 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 ”gets” your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession endeavors to provide
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Eugene chiropractor endeavors
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your optimal
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: back pain relief, neck pain relief, arm pain relief, leg pain relief,
Administrators’ data does not tell the entire
story about back pain. In a study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data collected 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 greater than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data varied
in a few areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an undervalued prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Rethwill 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 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 who
filled out questionnaires and doctors who filled out
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 Eugene chiropractor factors
in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Eugene chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic. An interesting study of chiropractic
students revealed how with
each year of learning they became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Eugene
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 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 got an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who use chiropractic are found
to have better 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 more satisfaction. (5) These are not
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 alleviating
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Eugene
chiropractic care visit with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic. Know that
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows Eugene back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.