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,”
conveys Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s article titled
Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way
to begin 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 decade)
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 per person – it is no wonder that insurers look
for another way to cut costs, particularly when one-third
of the money is spent for hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is well-trained and confident
in offering non-hospital-based care to help St. Francisville back pain –
chronic and acute – patients find 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 cause of years lived with
disability around the world. 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 have a tendency 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interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,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 concepts
are presented in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization,
believe it or not. (3) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville reads this with interest.
Considering these facts, it is not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will pick back surgery over
non-surgical care of their back pain. “Patients go where
insurance pays, even if it is surgery.” In one study, back pain sufferers made
the choice 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 pick non-hospital, conservative
treatment rather than back surgery. (4) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is
all for this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers must
have back surgery. (5) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is prepared to help
the rest of the St. Francisville back pain
sufferers manage their back pain and adapt their
lifestyles to live with the spine they have and deal with
its episodes of pain and relief.
back pain sufferers are in good company if their back pain returns. It happens. It is controllable. It’s
manageable. Some facts first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of
patients had another episode of back pain of some sort. Awkward
postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences spark
the risk of back pain recurrence. (6) It is ok though. Really!
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville helps St. Francisville back pain patients navigate these recurrences and manage them so they don’t limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
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’re pregnant or not, St. Francisville chiropractic care at
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville can help you cope with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a St. Francisville chiropractic appointment at
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville for back pain relief. Our care is not overused! The gentle, effective, evidence-based system of
Technic look for 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.