Healthy News - January 2021

The work continues for coverage of chiropractic care for the benefits it offers Vancouver chiropractic patients. 

CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS AND COVERAGE

Federally directed insurance coverage for chiropractic care tends to limit chiropractic despite the benefits chiropractic affords recipients. For example, chiropractic care for Medicare recipients visiting chiropractors for back pain is only covered for spinal manipulation despite no evidence showing a rise in serious risks associated with chiropractic care of neck or back pain for these Medicare patients. Actually, research has shown that chiropractic care sped up recovery, decreased the number of back surgeries in a year, reduced opioid-linked disability, diminished the number of falls and traumatic injuries, slowed the decline in activities of daily living and disability over time, and lessened the costs and medical doctor visits for low back pain. (1) Another case in point is that regardless of new professional and insurance guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding back pain care, the Federal Employees Compensation Act still requires x-rays for chiropractic care to be reimbursed for care. (2) Rather than imaging today, other less costly and more effective ways are research-documented to determine if spinal manipulation is appropriate. Researchers are so experienced that they are now able to predict which low back pain patients will respond to spinal manipulation as a nonpharmacologic intervention recommended in clinical care guidelines today and by how much contingent upon factors like medication and exercise expectation, pain frequency, height, gender, extension ability, response to STarT Back Tool questionnaire. (3) The benefits of chiropractic care continue to grow and to be documented, just waiting to be realized by insurers as our Vancouver chiropractic patients already do!. Vancouver Spine Care Centre provides pain-relieving care despite the payment system.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient struggling with sciatic leg pain find relief. 
 
Vancouver health benefits from glucosamine utilization include reduced overall early mortality and mortality from cardiovascular issues.

Vancouver CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Not Just for The Disc Anymore!

Taking glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is ever more reported positive. A recent paper states that using this combination decreased overall risk of early death about as efficiently as routine exercise. (The authors do not recommend not exercising though!) (4) Another study of 77,510 supplement users found that people who took glucosamine (alone or with chondroitin) had a significantly lower risk of death. Further, current users had a significantly lower risk of death from cancer. (5) Even more precisely, regular use of glucosamine was linked to a significantly lower risk of total cardiovascular disease issues and death, coronary heart disease and stroke. (6) Vancouver Spine Care Centre has indeed seen the beneficial use of glucosamine and chondroitin to take care of degenerated discs related to back pain and neck pain. These other benefits just raise the bar for the benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin. Are you taking yours? Let us talk at your next Vancouver chiropractic visit!

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