PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is interesting. A survey revealed
that 53.1% of all US physicians recommended
at least one CHA to patients in the past 12 months. The most
common approaches recommended were massage therapy (30.4%), chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation (27.1%),
herbs/nonvitamin supplements (26.5%), yoga (25.6%) and acupuncture (22.4%).
Female physicians 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 suggest
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often suggested manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%).
(1) And it has 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 comparable
pain relief and greater satisfaction levels. (2) We love to see this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all types! Plainville 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 works
with physicians of all professions to benefit patients and especially
this patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that troubled
her after her hip surgery. His application 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 articles
about the advantages of holiday joy and Santa fun! One study of medical doctors whose
November conferences (with coffee) were contrasted to December conferences
(without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits boosted the happiness
to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors point out
that the research study was “kept secret for the participant in accordance
with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study considered 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’ bottom-line recommendation was to join in
the Christmas fun but don’t rely on Santa for the present
shopping. Everyone must do that for himself/herself! (4)
Bring Santa with you to your next Plainville chiropractic
visit! He will do us all some good!
CONTACT Layden Chiropractic
Schedule your next Plainville chiropractic
appointment today with Layden Chiropractic. Layden Chiropractic hopes you
see Santa and smile with joy. Layden Chiropractic appreciates all referrals
from physicians for Plainville chiropractic spinal manipulation which Layden Chiropractic
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Plainville.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!