PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs) is noteworthy. A survey discovered that 53.1% of all US physicians recommended at least one CHA to patients in the past 12 months. The most common approaches advocated were massage therapy (30.4%), chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation (27.1%), herbs/nonvitamin supplements (26.5%), yoga (25.6%) and acupuncture (22.4%). 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 inclined to recommend chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who most often suggested 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 results in lower cost of care as well as clinically comparable pain relief and greater satisfaction levels. (2) We enjoy seeing this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all sorts! Augusta 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 help patients and especially his patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that troubled her after her hip surgery. His use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management makes his care special.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Embrace 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 contrasted to December conferences (without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits enhanced the happiness to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors point out that the trial was “kept secret for the participant in accordance with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study considered issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may impact 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. Believing in Santa was beneficial only for psychiatrists! These authors’ final recommendation was to enjoy the Christmas fun but don’t rely on Santa for the present shopping. Each person must do that for himself/herself! (4) Bring Santa with you to your next Augusta chiropractic visit! He will do us all some good!
CONTACT Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic
Schedule your next Augusta chiropractic appointment today with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic wants you see Santa and smile with joy. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic appreciates any referrals from physicians for Augusta chiropractic spinal manipulation which Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Augusta.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!