surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery as well as the most common
ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists,”
reports Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s article called
Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way
to open an article! It continues:
- $90 billion on low back pain alone a year
- 1.2 million spinal surgeries a
- $60,000 to $110,000 per lumbar fusion
surgery (the fastest-growing type of surgery in the past 10 years)
back surgery failure rate, the so-called “failed back syndrome” or the more “politically
correct” term “post-surgical continued pain syndrome,” may be as high
as 50%. (1) With healthcare spending in the US exceeding $3.5
trillion - $10,739 a person – it is no wonder that insurers look
for another way to cut costs, especially when one-third
of the money is spent for hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Chiropractic Associates is well-trained and confident
in offering non-hospital-based care to help Preston back pain –
chronic and acute – patients get relief of and manage
their back pain – as well as post-surgical continued back pain - non-surgically.
BACK PAIN FACTS
back pain is the leading reason of years lived with
disability globally. Today, recommendations
for low back pain relief care discourage pain medications, steroid injections
and spine surgery and encourage physical therapy and psychological therapy.
Healthcare systems are apt to struggle with
these novel approaches. Why? Pharmaceutical companies’ financial
interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,
and legal, personal, political, and societal beliefs of us all. These thoughts
are shared in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization,
believe it or not. (3) Chiropractic Associates reads this with interest.
light of these facts, it is not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will choose back surgery over
non-surgical management of their back pain. “Patients go where
insurance pays, even if it is surgery.” In one study, back pain sufferers chose to visit a primary care physician (PCP) or
physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor initially because of their health plan type, co-payment, and deductible. Changing
these factors to make them more valuable/less expensive/less
restrictive as to provider type could encourage
low back pain sufferers to choose non-hospital, conservative
treatment instead of back surgery. (4) Chiropractic Associates likes this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers must
have back surgery. (5) Chiropractic Associates is ready to assist
the remaining 99% of the Preston back pain
sufferers cope with their back pain and adapt their
lifestyles to live with the spine they have and cope with
its episodes of pain and relief.
back pain sufferers are in good company if their back pain comes
back. It happens. It is controllable. It is
manageable. Some data first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of
patients had another episode of back pain of some sort. What
risks prompt a recurrence of back pain? Awkward
postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences. (6) It is ok though. Really!
Chiropractic Associates helps Preston back pain patients navigate these recurrences and manage them so they do
not limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
to Dr. Kimble Cater on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson discuss how
he helped an expectant mother with her repeated episodes of back pain. Whether you
are pregnant or not, Preston chiropractic care at
Chiropractic Associates can help you cope with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a Preston chiropractic appointment at
Chiropractic Associates for back pain relief. Our care is not overused! The gentle, effective, evidence-based system of
Technic seeks 50% relief within 4-6 weeks of care and often delivers
70%, 80%, 90% and greater for many of our patients at less cost – in
terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.