How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Vancouver Spine Care Centre prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our Vancouver chiropractic patients. Your Vancouver
chiropractor assesses 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 you have thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor knows your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer does not.
The chiropractic profession strives to deliver
the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for
your spine while your Vancouver chiropractor strives
to communicate openly with your insurer for your optimal
care and with you for your optimal clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data doesn’t tell the entire
story about back pain. In one study that compared
self-reported low back pain to data assembled by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and the like found that these two groups
don’t 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 several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Vancouver Spine Care Centre 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 revealed
that these two measures do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, real 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 don’t correlate well, each is
important in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Vancouver chiropractor factors
in this evidence to take care of your spine.
Your Vancouver chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Vancouver Spine Care Centre. An interesting study of chiropractic
students revealed how as each year of school passed they became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Vancouver
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps growing! Researchers write today that 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 got an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who utilize chiropractic are shown
to have better clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries 12 months 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 higher levels of satisfaction. (5) These are not
bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.
CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre
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 alleviating
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Vancouver
chiropractic care appointment with Vancouver Spine Care Centre. Your Vancouver chiropractor knows
your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back
pain or leg pain.