How well do you understand your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Spengel Chiropractic prides itself on knowing the
spine of each of our McHenry chiropractic patients. Your McHenry
chiropractor examines your low back when there’s
low back pain, your neck when there is neck pain, your neck when you have arm pain, your low back when there is
leg pain, your thoracic spine when there is thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor knows your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer does not.
The chiropractic profession strives to provide
the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for
your spine while your McHenry chiropractor endeavors
to communicate clearly with your insurer for your optimal
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: back pain relief, neck pain relief, arm pain relief, leg pain relief,
Administrators’ data doesn’t tell the whole
story about back pain. In a study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data gathered by
health administrations that track low back pain via billing codes
and such discovered that these two sources
don’t agree. Self-reported data regarding low back
pain (21.2%) was greater 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)
Spengel Chiropractic knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that expressly 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 do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, real input was from people: patients who
filled out questionnaires and doctors who filled out
objective tests. These findings led the researchers to observe
that while these two sources don’t correlate well, each is
important in the whole general picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your McHenry chiropractor uses this evidence to care for your spine.
Your McHenry chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Spengel Chiropractic. An interesting study of chiropractic
students revealed how 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 McHenry
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of useful chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers report today of
how the use of non-pharmacological pain management may prevent
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 utilize chiropractic are shown
to have higher 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 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 Spengel Chiropractic
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 using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical McHenry
chiropractic care visit with Spengel Chiropractic. Your McHenry chiropractor knows
your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back
pain or leg pain.