PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is interesting. An inquiry discovered
that 53.1% of all US physicians recommended
at least one CHA to patients in the past year. The most
common approaches advocated were acupuncture,
yoga, herbs/nonvitamin supplements, osteopathic/chiropractic manipulation, and
Female physicians were more likely than their male counterparts to refer for massage,
supplements, acupuncture and mind-body therapies. Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and
pediatricians were less likely to recommend
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often recommended manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%).
(1) And it has been documented that first contact
care by a chiropractor for issues like back pain, shoulder and hip pain brings
about lower cost of care as well as clinically similar
pain relief and greater satisfaction levels. (2) We enjoy
seeing this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all types! West Des Moines chiropractic patients may well benefit from such collaboration in costs savings,
pain relief, and confidence in the care they receive.
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Kim Lombardy on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who works
with physicians of all professions to benefit patients and especially
this patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that bothered
her after her hip surgery. His use of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management makes his
TIP OF THE MONTH: Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Just for fun, take a look at these Danish reports
about the advantages of holiday joy and Santa fun! One study of medical doctors whose
November conferences (with coffee) were compared to December conferences
(without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits enhanced the joy
to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors highlight
that the research study was “kept secret for the participant in accordance
with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study looked
at issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may influence
divorce rates of doctors just after the holidays. Divorce rates rose least for general
practitioners whose relationships were also found to be longer
that other medical subspecialties. Belief
in Santa was advantageous only for psychiatrists!
These authors’ bottom-line recommendation was to enjoy
the Christmas fun but do not rely on Santa for the gift
shopping. Each person must do that for himself/herself! (4)
Bring Santa with you to your next West Des Moines chiropractic
appointment! He will do us all some good!
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
Schedule your next West Des Moines chiropractic
appointment today with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa hopes you
see Santa and smile with joy. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa welcomes any referrals
from physicians for West Des Moines chiropractic spinal manipulation which Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in West Des Moines.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!