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Healthy News - January 2021

The work expands for coverage of chiropractic care for the benefits it offers McHenry chiropractic patients. 

CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS AND COVERAGE

Federally directed insurance coverage for chiropractic care is more likely to limit chiropractic despite the benefits chiropractic delivers to recipients. For example, chiropractic care for Medicare recipients seeking care from chiropractors for back pain is only covered for spinal manipulation despite a lack of evidence showing a rise in serious risks associated with chiropractic care of neck or back pain for these Medicare patients. As a matter of fact, research has demonstrated that chiropractic care improved the time of recovery, decreased the number of back surgeries in a year, lessened opioid-linked disability, diminished the number of falls and traumatic injuries, slowed the decline in activities of daily living and disability over time, and reduced costs and medical doctor visits for low back pain. (1) Another example is that even though new professional and insurance guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding back pain care, the Federal Employees Compensation Act still necessitates x-rays for chiropractic care to be reimbursed for care. (2) In place of imaging today, other less expensive and more valuable ways are research-documented to ascertain if spinal manipulation is appropriate. Researchers are so sophisticated as to be able to predict which low back pain patients will respond to spinal manipulation as a nonpharmacologic intervention recommended in clinical care guidelines today and by how much contingent upon factors like medication and exercise expectation, pain frequency, height, gender, extension ability, response to STarT Back Tool questionnaire. (3) The benefits of chiropractic care continue to grow and to be documented, just waiting to be recognized by insurers as our McHenry chiropractic patients already do!. Spengel Chiropractic provides pain-relieving care despite the payment system.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his utilization of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient experiencing sciatic leg pain find relief. 
 
McHenry health benefits from glucosamine utilization include reduced overall early mortality and mortality from cardiovascular issues.

McHenry CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Not Just for The Disc Anymore!

Taking glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is ever more reported positive. A new paper explains that using this combo reduced overall risk of early death about as efficiently as routine exercise. (The authors do not recommend not exercising though!) (4) Another review of 77,510 supplement users found that people who took glucosamine (alone or with chondroitin) were found to have a significantly lower risk of death. Further, current users experienced a significantly lower risk of death from cancer. (5) Even more specifically, regular use of glucosamine was associated with a significantly lower risk of total cardiovascular disease issues and death, coronary heart disease and stroke. (6) Spengel Chiropractic has indeed seen the beneficial use of glucosamine and chondroitin to care for degenerative discs associated with back pain and neck pain. These other benefits just raise the bar for the benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin. Are you taking yours? Let’s talk at your next McHenry chiropractic visit!

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