How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your physician? Does your insurer (ie,
Medicare)? Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Toronto chiropractic patients. Your Toronto
chiropractor examines your low back when there’s
low back pain, your neck when there is neck pain, your neck when there’s arm pain, your low back when you have
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 does not.
The chiropractic profession endeavors to provide
the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for
your spine while your Toronto chiropractor strives
to communicate clearly 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 such found that these two groups
do not agree. Self-reported data about low back
pain (21.2%) was higher than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data varied
in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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 angle and the objective testing angle found
that these two measures do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, actual input was from people: patients filling out questionnaires and doctors who filled out
objective tests. These findings directed the researchers to note
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 Toronto chiropractor uses this evidence to take care of your spine.
Your Toronto chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. A fascinating study of chiropractic
students found that with
each year of education they became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is ready to take care of Toronto
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers write today that the use of non-pharmacological pain management may prevent
unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one type of non-drug
pain management offering. In an
analysis of 101,221 spine pain patients, 1.55 to 2.03 times more non-chiropractic
patients got an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who use 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 expense (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 Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre
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 utilizing the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Schedule a non-surgical Toronto
chiropractic care appointment with Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre. Your Toronto chiropractor knows
your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back
pain or leg pain.