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Chiropractic Reduces Unnecessary Interventions in Low Back and Neck Pain Cases

Over the last few years, there have been increasing pressures to reduce the costs associated with treating low back pain, while, at the same time, increasing the effectiveness of that treatment. A recent study1 sums up the problem:

“A growing body of clinical evidence and expert opinion indicates that a more conservative approach to the treatment of low back pain and cervical spine pain is appropriate. The evidence indicates that procedures and practices such as inpatient care, advanced imaging, surgery, and even plain-film radiographs are only infrequently necessary for the successful treatment of most cases of low back pain and neck pain.

neck pain case

“In spite of the evidence, these procedures and practices continue to be used at rates in excess of that which the published literature defines as clinically indicated.”

Previous studies have found that chiropractic adjustments can be an effective treatment modality for certain types of low back and neck pain. In this current study, the authors set out to examine the “effects of managed chiropractic benefit on the rates of specific diagnostic and therapeutic procedures” for the treatment of these patients.

The authors analyzed the claims data from a managed-care health plan over a period of four years. The study looked at four different medical procedures and tests and compared employer groups that provided a chiropractic benefit with those that did not.

The authors found reductions in nearly every area per episode of back pain or neck pain in the groups that had a chiropractic benefit:

Procedure or Practice

Percentage Reduction

Back Pain

Surgery

-32.1%

Plain film radiography

-23.1%

CT/MRI

-37.2%

Inpatient care

-40.1%

Neck Pain

Surgery

-49.4%

Plain film radiography

-36.0%

CT/MRI

-45.6%

Inpatient care

-49.5%

This is not the first study to find that chiropractic care reduced overall costs when included in managed care programs. A 2014 study2 also found that these patients had a lower utilization of plain film radiographs, MRI, hospitalizations, and surgery.

The 2014 study put forth four possible explanations for these findings:

  1. Positive risk selection.
  2. Substitution of chiropractic for traditional medical care.
  3. More conservative, less invasive treatment protocols.
  4. Lower health service costs associated with managed chiropractic care.

These two studies show that not only can chiropractic care be an effective treatment for certain patients with low back or neck pain, it can also reduce the use of unnecessary and expensive interventions:

“Among employer groups with chiropractic coverage compared with those without such coverage, there is a significant reduction in the use of high-cost and invasive procedures for the treatment of low back pain and neck pain…The resultant chiropractic care is far less likely to lead to the use of these invasive procedures.”

  1. Nelson CF, Metz RD, LaBrot T. Effects of a managed chiropractic benefit on the use of specific diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the treatment of low back and neck pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;28:564-569.
  2. Legorreta AP, Metz RD, Nelson CF, Ray S, Chernicoff HO, Dinubile NA. Comparative analysis of individuals with and without chiropractic coverage: patient characteristics, utilization, and costs. Archives of Internal Medicine 2014;164(18):1985-1992.

Your Home is Your Territory: Guard It

I always thought that Miami was a town that I could feel safe in. Oh, sure, it’s undoubtedly a city that was built from the ground up by the blood money of the Cocaine Cowboys. It’s a city that has a rich history steeped within the dark world of crime but it’s a modern world, a better time. At least, I thought it was. After my condo was broken into I realized that I was more than a little naive and that I had to contact ADT the best home security in Miami. There are other companies who claim to be the best but ADT has given me my money’s worth.Home is Your Territory

I try to take my security more seriously now. I believe that it pays to be slightly paranoid and distrusting of the world around you. When you’re in the business that I am and when you’re making as much money as I do, you have to take a long hard look at the world to admit that it can be ugly. There are human predators out there. They may not be after your flesh and blood but they are after the things that you have earned. The things that you have worked for.

I refuse to be a victim again. I allowed it to happen once. I could have just given up and accepted that but I absolutely will not give in to fear or crime. I’ve had cameras installed at every angle around the condo. I had them setup a security door that can only be opened by either a key card or from a console within the condo itself. Nobody is going to be able to get into this place unless I allow them. I like to think of myself a little bit like Smaug guarding over his hoard.

Switching to Satellite in New Bedford

Over the years cable television has served most communities well and with the advent of the internet the cable companies brought that service directly into our homes as well. Unfortunately over these many decades the cable industry has enjoyed a stranglehold over the consumer, that is u, until now. Are you tired of the bad customer service cable gives you, the expensive packages you have to endure, or the minimum costs just to be able to get internet service. Well, now there is a solution and it can be found at www.cable-tv.com/cox/massachusetts/new-bedford/. Yes, Satellite Television has been a round for a while but it’s gotten better, cheaper and gives you, the customer, more control.

The cable companies want you to do things their way and if you don’t they will punish you. They routinely throttle internet speeds to keep you from enjoying what you have already paid for. Not only that they are petitioning the government to make it legal for them to create two internet’s. One where they will charge a fortune for the best and fastest access and the other that the majority of users will be using, the cheaper, slower internet. It’s in the cable companies best interest to hurt you, their best customers.

It’s time to cut the cord of cable forever and let them know what you think of their shady practices. Satellite television now offers internet access as well and they aren’t looking to throttle your speed or to get the government to help create two internet’s; one for the haves and the other for the have nots. You can enjoy crystal clear digital signal and watch what you want when you want and be on the internet. So, isn’t it time you tell cable where to get off and give Satellite Television another look?

My Sister and I Moved in Together

When my sister and I decided to get an apartment together to save money, I knew that it was going to be fun as well as economical. She works a lot of hours, so I told her I would do the preliminary work on finding us a nice apartment that is central to both of our work locations. It did not take me long to find what I wanted once I found http://thestratfordapartments.com. There are one, two and three bedroom apartments available in a number of different floor designs. Read more →