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October 2023 Healthy News from Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic Accessible Chiropractic Care Helps Back Pain and Spinal Muscles: Reduced Costs and Relief

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Back Pain Helped by Accessible Chiropractic Care in Cost and Relief 
Back pain and neck pain are not only painful but also costly and manytimes complex. Overall health care spending in the United State keeps rising: $1.4 trillion in 1996 to $3.1 trillion in 2016. It accounts for 18% of the US economy as of 2020. Of the top 154 conditions paid for by insurers, low back pain and neck pain were the costliest at $134.5 billion. (What conditions followed? #2 was musculoskeletal disorders, and #3 was diabetes care.) (1) In one study of Medicare expenditures for spinal care by chiropractors, researchers reported that $400 to $500 million was spent each year. They also stated that more accessibility to chiropractic lowered the reliance on primary care services for spine pain conditions. Further, some financial savings for management of spine pain conditions was seen in the care of ambulatory patients that may well equate to bigger savings since spine pain conditions are so common in older adults. (2) Ambulatory patients can get themselves to a healthcare practitioner, and many find their way to chiropractors. Chiropractors are recognized for their care of the spine and spine-related, musculoskeletal conditions. A new study reported that they, not surprisingly, usually elected to use spinal manipulation for clinical treatments of spinal conditions and soft tissue approaches for extremity pain conditions. (3) Chiropractors are well-educated to diagnose co-morbidities, conditions that spine pain patients have in addition to spine pain that are not related to the spine. Researchers are working on gathering data that will reveal just how many of these types of conditions chiropractors find in their patients. (4) This existence of non-spine related conditions is a basis for chiropractors’ intensive diagnostic training and familiarity with co-management with other medical care as needed. Your chiropractor is prepared to examine, diagnose, and treat your spine-related pain condition no matter its complexity in a cost-effective, gentle, well-researched manner often via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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TIP OF THE MONTH: Understand Spinal Muscle Care: Electrical Current

Paying attention to the spinal muscles is important, too. This applies to young and old alike! For the older folks, it is really important as loss of skeletal spinal mass - which alters lumbar lordosis, too - makes them vulnerable to chronic low back pain. (5) Fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles showed a significant relationship to a higher risk of back pain and disability in a recent study. (6) Electrical stimulation (as well as exercise and nutrition which your chiropractor also supports!) is helpful in enhancing spinal muscle. Interferential current was said to be better than placebo at decreasing pain and disability right after use in chronic low back pain patients. (7) Your individualized Augusta chiropractic treatment plan may include such add-on care along with spinal manipulation. Embrace it!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jay Young on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson  about use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to manage back pain in a patient with degenerative disc disease.

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