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Many people do not realize just how effective Chiropractic can be. It is one of the best kept secrets in the medical field.
A 2011 prospective, multicenter, cohort study of upper cervical chiropractic care for neck pain, headache, mid-back, and low back pain. Results of the study found a mean score of 9.1 out of 10, indicating a very high level of patient satisfaction (Eriksen et al., 2011)
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“In February the American College of Physicians—which represents primary care doctors, the providers people consult most often for a backache—issued new guidelines for back-pain treatment, saying that the first line of defense should be nondrug measures.
That advice is backed up by a new nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 3,562 back-pain sufferers. It found that more than 80 percent of those who had tried yoga or tai chi or had seen a massage therapist or chiropractor said it had helped them.”
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As a Chiropractor, I have found many patients tell me that they love me. It is a wonderful thing to have happen when you are taking care of them and they really appreciate it. Millions of patients love their chiropractor and appreciate our unique and safe approach to recovery from pain. Significant research suggests that chiropractic is the safest approach available for relief from neck pain, back pain, headaches and other “musculo–skeletal” complaints.
Canada has a government-run national health care system. As occurred with Medicare in this country, there had been such pressure on the Canadian government to include chiropractic as a covered benefit, that the Ontario Ministry of Health hired a renowned heath care economist to make a recommendation. The first “Manga Report” was published in 1993. http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/GUIDELINES/FULL/Manga_Report_1993_COMPLETE.pdf
This comprehensive study reviewed all the published literature on low back pain and made some astounding suggestions. In a nutshell, it concluded that: chiropractic should be the treatment of choice for low back pain – excluding traditional medical care altogether!
The specific Findings of the report were:
There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management
Many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate
There is no clinical or case-control study that demonstrates or even implies that chiropractic spinal manipulation is unsafe in the treatment of low-back pain. Some medical treatments are equally safe, but others are unsafe and generate iatrogenic complications for LBP patients.
Chiropractic is more cost-effective. There would be highly significant cost savings if more management of LBP was transferred from medical physicians to chiropractors.
There is good empirical evidence that patients are very satisfied with chiropractic management of LBP and considerably less satisfied with physician management
The specific Recommendations were:
Chiropractic services should be fully insured under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan
Chiropractic services should be fully integrated into the health care system. Because of the high incidence and cost of LBP, hospitals, managed health care groups, community health centers, comprehensive health organizations, and health service organizations and long-term care facilities should employ chiropractors on a full-time and/or part-time basis
A good case could be made for placing chiropractic as the gatekeepers for all musculoskeletal complaints that presented to hospitals.
What are the symptoms of whiplash?
Headache, due to neck problems, are called cervicogenic (neck-related) headache. It may be due to injury to an upper cervical disc, facet joint, or the upper 2 vertebral joints (atlanto-occipital or atlanto-axial). Cervicogenic headache can also make migraines worse.
Arm pain and heaviness may be due to nerve compression caused by a herniated disc. More commonly, arm pain is “referred” from other tissues of the neck. “Referred pain” is pain that is felt at an area remote from the injury, and may not due to pressure on a nerve.
Pain between the shoulder blades is usually a type of referred pain.
Low back pain is occasionally seen and is quite common after whiplash and may be due to injury to the discs, facet joints of the low back or sacroiliac joints.
Difficulties with concentration or memory can be due to pain itself, medications you are taking for the pain, depression or mild brain injury. You might also experience irritability and depression.
Sleep disturbance can be due to pain or depression.
Other symptoms might include blurry vision, ringing in the ears, tingling in the face or arms, and fatigue.
If you have any or all of the above it is imperative that you seek help. Chiropractic care is outstanding in its field for helping their patients with these type of symptoms. Call 334-514-7600 for an appointment today.
FDA Consumer magazine
Acetaminophen is a safe and effective pain reliever that benefits millions of consumers. However, taking too much could lead to serious liver damage. The drug is sold under brand names such as Tylenol and Datril, but it is also available in many cough and cold products and sleep aids, and is an ingredient in many prescription pain relievers.
In September 2002, the FDA Non-Prescription Drugs Advisory Committee discussed safety issues related to the use of pain relievers sold over-the-counter (OTC), including acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen.
Acetaminophen can cause liver injury through the production of a toxic metabolite. The body eliminates acetaminophen by changing it into substances (metabolites) that the body can easily eliminate in the stool or urine. Under certain circumstances, particularly when more acetaminophen is ingested than is recommended on the label, more of the harmful metabolite is produced than the body can easily eliminate. This harmful metabolite can seriously damage the liver.
The signs of liver disease include abnormally yellow skin and eyes (jaundice), dark urine, light-colored stools, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. The signs can be similar to flu symptoms and may go unnoticed for several days if consumers believe their symptoms are related to their initial illness. Serious cases of liver disease may lead to mental confusion, coma, and death.
To avoid accidental overdosing, it’s very important not to take more than the recommended dose on the label. Also, you should not take acetaminophen for more days than recommended, or take more than one drug product that contains acetaminophen at the same time. Consumers should be aware that taking more than the recommended dose will not provide more relief.
If you’re taking a prescription pain medicine, check with your doctor first before taking OTC acetaminophen. The prescription pain medicine may also contain acetaminophen. Acetaminophen is also available in combination with other OTC drug ingredients. So, you need to check the labels of other OTC drug products for the ingredient. In some cases of accidental acetaminophen overdose, it appears that consumers used two or more acetaminophen-containing products at the same time.
Some individuals appear to be more susceptible to acetaminophen-induced liver toxicity than others. People who use alcohol regularly may be at increased risk for toxicity, particularly if they use more than the recommended dose. Further research needs to be conducted in alcohol users to determine what factors make some alcohol users more susceptible to liver injury than others.
Parents should be cautious when giving acetaminophen to children. For example, the infant drop formula is three times more concentrated than the children’s suspension. It’s important to read drug labels every time you use a drug and to know what dosage strength you are using.
Improvements to labeling and consumer information for acetaminophen are among the recommendations made by the FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee. The committee recommended including the word “acetaminophen” in bold type on the labels for all drug products containing the ingredient and a warning about acetaminophen’s potential to cause liver damage.
The committee also recommended that labeling for aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen include warnings about the potential for gastrointestinal bleeding that may be associated with use of these products. Aspirin is sold under brand names such as Bayer and St. Joseph’s. Ibuprofen is sold under names such as Advil and Motrin. Naproxen is sold under the name Aleve. There are generic versions available for all of these products, as well.
The risk for bleeding is low for those who take these products intermittently. For those who take the products on a daily or regular basis, the risk is increased, particularly for those over 65 years of age or those who take corticosteriods (such as prednisone). Those who use hormone therapy (estrogens and progestins) for post-menopausal symptoms or birth control do not have an increased risk for bleeding.
In addition, the committee recommended adding labeling language that urges consumers to ask health care providers about NSAID use if they have kidney disease or are taking diuretics (fluid pills).
The FDA is evaluating the committee’s advice and working to complete rulemaking for these OTC pain relievers/fever reducers.
Whenever a doctor is dealing with insurance companies, their reports must be consistent with the guidelines set for by the insurance companies in order to be paid. The doctor’s fees must be consistent within the insurance’s parameters for the “usual, customary, and reasonable” fees, or the insurance company will not pay for all the doctor’s bills.
This also holds true for insurance companies’ parameters for length of treatment, kinds of treatment, and who will be the treating doctor all depending on the various traumatic injuries. If the doctor’s treatment exceeds the normal parameters for a stated diagnosis, the insurance company will claim over utilization for that diagnosis and will not approve the claim, and will ultimately refuse to be responsible for the claim and that has nothing to do with the patient’s actual condition..
Many doctors object to the insurance company parameters as being too conservative and often wonder how the insurance company even arrived at this policy guideline. The answer is simple. In the US we have a clearing house of insurance statistics which monitors every claim from its diagnosis coding, treatment coding, treatment time periods, and then arrived at the average parameters and then compare it with the patient’s care.
These treatment guidelines are also influenced by politics, money available, insurance coverage purchased, With Obamacare, there will be added features that are not fully recognized until it goes into effect and the whole health industry from patients compliance to Obamacare, insurance compliance to Obamacare, Doctors and their complaince to Obamacare, and all the other companies involved in providing health care products and services.
The future of Health care is going to be undergoing changes that will soon be all too evident as to its effectiveness, efficiency, and its over all improvement to patient’s health.
- Unraveling: Major health insurance companies abandon Obamacare exchanges (sgtreport.com)
- More Insurance Companies Exit Obamacare Exchanges (nationalreview.com)
- More Doctors Are Dropping Insurance Altogether (kathleendefever.wordpress.com)
What can be said on effectiveness about chiropractic practice for acute and chronic back and neck pain, and cervicogenic headaches including migraine, is:
a) Chiropractic manipulation is at least as effective as any other treatment, with better results than any treatment with which it has been compared.
b) With chronic pain it provides patients with a period of relief from pain and disability that represents a window of opportunity for long-term relief.
c) If chiropractic management is multimodal, including patient education and motivation, prescription and monitoring of exercises, and the use of supportive modalities and therapies such as massage and acupuncture as may be needed in individual cases, and other psychosocial interventions, this can bring long-term relief.
Introduction: Chiropractic is a common parental choice as a therapeutic intervention for numerous pediatric conditions. No studies investigating parent satisfaction with pediatric chiropractic ca…
Introduction: Chiropractic is a common parental choice as a therapeutic intervention for numerous pediatric conditions. No studies investigating parent satisfaction with pediatric chiropractic care have been published to date.
Method: All infants aged 0-36 weeks and presenting to a chiropractic teaching clinic on the south coast of England between January 2011 and October 2013 were eligible for inclusion. Parents completed questionnaires, which rated their own and their infant’s characteristics prior to, and at the end of, a course of chiropractic care. Non-parametric tests were used to analyze before and after care scores.
Results: A total of 395 results were collected in this study. Satisfaction scores of 10/10 (“completely satisfied”) were reported by 75.1% (n=295) of the parents. There was a significant improvement in parental distress (Median=5.0 before care, Median=2.0 after care, Z=-13.7, p<.001, r =-.49) and infants’ sleep quality (Median=5.0 before care, Median=3.0 after care, Z=-10.5, p<.001, r =-.38). Satisfaction scores were found to have a small correlation with sleep quality (rs =-.21) after care, as well as a moderate correlation with distress (rs =-.31) and improvement scores (rs =.42), p<.01.
Conclusion: The parents in this study appear to be satisfied with the care their infant received. However, the satisfaction scores and improvement scores are only moderately correlated, which indicates that there are other factors influencing the level of satisfaction.