Healthy News - January 2021

The work expands for coverage of chiropractic care for the benefits it offers Williamson chiropractic patients. 

CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS AND COVERAGE

Federally directed insurance coverage for chiropractic care tends to limit chiropractic despite the benefits chiropractic provides recipients. For example, chiropractic care for Medicare recipients visiting chiropractors for back pain is merely covered for spinal manipulation despite a lack of evidence demonstrating an increase in serious risks associated with chiropractic care of neck or back pain for these Medicare patients. Actually, research has shown that chiropractic care sped up recovery, lessened the number of back surgeries in a year, reduced opioid-linked disability, diminished the number of falls and traumatic injuries, slowed the decline in activities of daily living and disability over time, and reduced costs and medical doctor visits for low back pain. (1) Another example is that even though new professional and insurance guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding back pain care, the Federal Employees Compensation Act still requires x-rays for chiropractic care to be reimbursed for care. (2) In place of imaging today, other less expensive and more effective ways are research-documented to figure out if spinal manipulation is appropriate. Researchers are so experienced that they are now able to predict which low back pain patients will respond to spinal manipulation as a nonpharmacologic intervention recommended in clinical care guidelines today and by how much depending on factors like medication and exercise expectation, pain frequency, gender, height, extension ability, response to STarT Back Tool questionnaire. (3) The benefits of chiropractic care continue to grow and to be documented, ready to be acknowledged by insurers like they are already acknowledged by Williamson back pain and neck pain recipients. Apple Country Chiropractic provides pain-relieving care despite the payment system.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient experiencing sciatic leg pain find relief. 
 
Williamson health benefits from glucosamine use include reduced overall early mortality and mortality from cardiovascular issues.

Williamson CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Not Just for The Disc Anymore!

Taking glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is more and more described as positive. A recent paper states that taking this combo reduced overall risk of early death about as efficiently as regular exercise. (The authors do not recommend not exercising though!) (4) Another review of 77,510 supplement users found that people who consumed glucosamine (alone or with chondroitin) had a significantly lower risk of death. Further, current users experienced a significantly lower risk of death from cancer. (5) Even more specifically, regular use of glucosamine was linked to a significantly lower risk of total cardiovascular disease issues and death, coronary heart disease and stroke. (6) Apple Country Chiropractic has certainly seen the beneficial use of glucosamine and chondroitin to take care of degenerated discs related to back pain and neck pain. These other benefits just raise the bar for the benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin. Are you taking yours? Let’s talk at your next Williamson chiropractic visit!

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