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 called
Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way
to start 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,” is as high
as 50%. (1) With healthcare spending in the US over $3.5
trillion - $10,739 per person – it is no wonder that insurers seek another way to cut costs, especially when one-third
of the money goes to hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Layden Chiropractic is well-equipped and knowledgeable
in offering non-hospital-based care to help Plainville back pain –
chronic and acute – patients find relief of and handle
their back pain – and post-surgical continued back pain - non-surgically.
BACK PAIN FACTS
back pain is the foremost cause of years lived with
disability globally. 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 tend 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interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,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 shared in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization,
believe it or not. (3) Layden Chiropractic reads this with interest.
Considering these facts, it is not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will choose 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 chose to see a primary care physician (PCP) or
physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor first 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) Layden Chiropractic likes this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers require back surgery. (5) Layden Chiropractic is prepared to assist
the other 99% of the Plainville back pain
sufferers cope with their back pain and rework their
lifestyles to live with the spine they have and deal with
its episodes of pain and relief.
back pain sufferers are not alone if their back pain comes
back. It happens. It is controllable. It’s
manageable. Some facts first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of
patients experienced another episode of back pain of some sort. What
risks trigger a return of back pain? Awkward
postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences. (6) It’s ok though. Truly!
Layden Chiropractic helps Plainville back pain patients find their
way through these recurrences and deal with them so they do
not limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
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, Plainville chiropractic care at
Layden Chiropractic can help you deal with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a Plainville chiropractic appointment at
Layden Chiropractic 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 gets
70%, 80%, 90% and more for many of our patients at less cost – in
terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.