surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery as well as the most common
ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists,”
reports Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s article titled
Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way
to open an article! It continues:
- $90 billion on low back pain alone a year
- 1.2 million spinal surgeries annually
- $60,000 to $110,000 per lumbar fusion
surgery (the fastest-growing type of surgery in the past decade)
back surgery failure rate, the so-called “failed back syndrome” or the more “politically
correct” term “post-surgical continued pain syndrome,” is as high
as 50%. (1) With healthcare spending in the US exceeding $3.5
trillion - $10,739 a person – it’s no wonder that insurers seek another way to cut costs, especially when one-third
of the money goes to hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is well-equipped and knowledgeable
in offering non-hospital-based care to help Baton Rouge back pain –
chronic and acute – patients get relief of and manage
their back pain – and post-surgical continued back pain - non-surgically.
BACK PAIN FACTS
back pain is the leading reason of years lived with
disability globally. Today, guidelines
for low back pain relief care discourage pain medications, steroid injections
and spine surgery and encourage physical therapy and psychological therapy.
Healthcare systems tend to struggle with
these novel approaches. Why? Pharmaceutical companies’ financial
interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,
and legal, personal, political, and societal beliefs of us all. These thoughts
are shared in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization,
believe it or not. (3) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation reads this with interest.
Considering these facts, it is not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will decide on back surgery over
non-surgical management of their back pain. “Patients go where
insurance pays, even if it is surgery.” In one study, back pain sufferers made
the choice to visit a primary care physician (PCP) or
physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor first based
on their health plan type, co-payment, and deductible. Changing
these factors to make them more valuable/less expensive/less
restrictive as to provider type could inspire
low back pain sufferers to choose non-hospital, conservative
treatment rather than back surgery. (4) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is
all for this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers must
have back surgery. (5) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is prepared to assist
the remaining 99% of the Baton Rouge back pain
sufferers manage their back pain and rework their
lifestyles to live with the spine they have and deal with
its episodes of pain and relief.
back pain sufferers are not alone if their back pain comes
back. It happens. It’s controllable. It’s
manageable. Some data first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of
patients had another episode of back pain of some sort. Awkward
postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences trigger
the risk of back pain recurrence. (6) It is ok though. Really!
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation helps Baton Rouge back pain patients navigate these recurrences and deal with them so they do
not limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation
to Dr. Kimble Cater on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson share how
he helped an expectant mother with her repeated episodes of back pain. Whether you’re pregnant or not, Baton Rouge chiropractic care at
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation can help you deal with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment at
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for back pain relief. Our care is not overused! The gentle, effective, evidence-based system of
Technic look for 50% relief within 4-6 weeks of care and often delivers
70%, 80%, 90% and more for many of our patients at less cost – in
terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.