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October 2023 Healthy News from Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 often painful as well as costly and oftentimes complex. Overall health care spending in the US keeps rising: $1.4 trillion in 1996 to $3.1 trillion in 2016. It makes up 18% of the US economy as of 2020. Of the top 154 conditions that insurers pay for the coverage of, low back pain and neck pain were the costliest at $134.5 billion. (If you’re curious, #2 was musculoskeletal disorders, and #3 was diabetes care.) (1) In one study of Medicare expenditures for chiropractic spine care, researchers reported that $400 to $500 million was spent each year. They also noted that higher accessibility to chiropractic reduced the reliance on primary care services for painful spinal conditions. Further, some monetary savings for treatment of spine pain conditions was reported for ambulatory patients that may well equate to large savings since spine pain conditions are so common in older adults. (2) Ambulatory patients can get themselves to a healthcare provider, and many go to chiropractors. Chiropractors are known for their care of the spine and spine-related, musculoskeletal conditions. A new study reported that they, predictably, most often 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 deal with in addition to spine pain that are not spine related. Researchers are presently collecting data that will show 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 ready 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

Care of 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 influences lumbar lordosis, too - makes them vulnerable to chronic low back pain. (5) Fatty infiltration of the paraspinal muscles correlated greatly with a higher risk of back pain and disability in a recent study. (6) Electrical stimulation (in addition to exercise and nutrition which your chiropractor also supports!) is helpful in improving spinal muscle. Interferential current was reportedly better than placebo at reducing pain and disability immediately after use in chronic low back pain patients. (7) Your individualized Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan may include such adjunct care alongside 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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