Healthy News - December 2019 PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs) is interesting. A study discovered that 53.1% of all US physicians referred patients to at least one CHA in the past 12 months. The most common approaches advocated were massage therapy (30.4%), chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation (27.1%), herbs/nonvitamin supplements (26.5%), yoga (25.6%) and acupuncture (22.4%). Female doctors were more likely than their male counterparts to refer for massage, supplements, acupuncture and mind-body therapies. Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and pediatricians were less inclined to recommend chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who most often recommended manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%). (1) And it’s been recorded that first contact care by a chiropractor for issues like back pain, shoulder and hip pain brings about lower cost of care as well as clinically similar pain relief and higher satisfaction levels. (2) We enjoy seeing this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all sorts! Fort Wayne chiropractic patients may well benefit from such cooperation in costs savings, pain relief, and confidence in the care they receive. Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Kim Lombardy on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who interacts with physicians of all professions to help patients and especially this patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that troubled her after her hip surgery. His use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management sets him apart. TIP OF THE MONTH: Enjoy the Holiday Season! Just for fun, check out these Danish reports about the advantages of holiday joy and Santa fun! One study of medical doctors whose November conferences (with coffee) were compared to December conferences (without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits enhanced the joy to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors highlight that the research study was “kept secret for the participant in accordance with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study looked at issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may impact divorce rates of doctors just after the holidays. Divorce rates rose least for general practitioners whose relationships were also reported to be longer that other medical subspecialties. Believing in Santa was advantageous only for psychiatrists! These authors’ final recommendation was to enjoy the Christmas fun but do not rely on Santa for the gift shopping. Everyone must do that for himself/herself! (4) If you see Santa in your Fort Wayne chiropractor’s office, it is a good thing for all! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today with Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC hopes you see Santa and smile with joy. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC welcomes any referrals from physicians for Fort Wayne chiropractic spinal manipulation which Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Fort Wayne. Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."