How well do you understand your spine and what it needs?
Does your physician? Does your insurer (ie,
Medicare)? Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients. Your Baton Rouge
chiropractor examines 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’s
leg pain, your thoracic spine when there is thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor ”gets” your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer does not.
The chiropractic profession endeavors to deliver
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Baton Rouge chiropractor endeavors
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 whole
story about back pain. In a study that compared
self-reported low back pain to data gathered 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 higher than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients founded on data differed
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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 point of view 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 led the researchers to observe
that while these two sources do not correlate well, each is
important in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Baton Rouge chiropractor uses this evidence to take care of your spine.
Your Baton Rouge chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. A fascinating 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 Baton Rouge
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers write today of
how the use of non-pharmacological pain management may inhibit
unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one such non-drug
pain management offering. In a study of 101,221 spine pain patients, 1.55 to 2.03 times more non-chiropractic
patients filled an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who use 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 more satisfaction. (5) These aren’t
bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.
CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation
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 using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Baton Rouge
chiropractic care appointment with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. Know that
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation knows Baton Rouge back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.