How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurer (ie,
Medicare)? Executive Chiropractic of Iowa prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our West Des Moines chiropractic patients. Your West Des Moines
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’s
leg pain, your thoracic spine when you have thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor knows your
spine. Unfortunately, sometimes your insurer doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession strives to deliver
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your West Des Moines chiropractor endeavors
to communicate openly with your insurer for your best
care and with you for your optimal clinical outcome: relief of
Administrators’ data doesn’t tell the whole
story about back pain. In one study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data collected by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and the like found that these two sources
don’t agree. Self-reported data about low back
pain (21.2%) was greater than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data differed
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 angle and the objective testing angle found
that these two measures do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, authentic 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
valuable in the overall picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your West Des Moines chiropractor factors
in this evidence to care for your spine.
Your West Des Moines chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. A fascinating study of chiropractic
students found that with
each year of education the students became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of West Des Moines
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of useful chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers write today that the use of non-pharmacological pain management may inhibit
unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one such non-drug
pain management offering. In an
analysis 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 utilize chiropractic are found
to have better clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries 12 months later, less opioid-associated
disability, fewer traumatic falls and injuries, slower declines in activities
of daily living and disability over time) at less cost (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 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
Listen to this PODCAST
by Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as they described how non-pharmacological alleviating
treatment of back pain utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical West Des Moines
chiropractic care visit with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. Know that
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows West Des Moines back pain, understands how it affects
you, and has a plan for its relief.