How well do you know your spine and what it requires?
Does your doctor? Does your insurance provider (ie,
Medicare)? Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn prides itself on understanding the
spine of each of our Ashburn chiropractic patients. Your Ashburn
chiropractor assesses your low back when there is
low back pain, your neck when you have neck pain, your neck when there’s arm pain, your low back when you have
leg pain, your thoracic spine when you have thoracic
(and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor ”gets” your
spine. Sadly, sometimes your insurer doesn’t.
The chiropractic profession strives to deliver
the research to the insurers to pay for essential treatment for
your spine while your Ashburn chiropractor endeavors
to communicate openly with your insurer for your best
care and with you for your best clinical outcome: back pain relief, neck pain relief, arm pain relief, leg pain relief,
Administrators’ data does not tell the whole
story about back pain. In one study comparing
self-reported low back pain to data gathered by
health groups that track low back pain via billing codes
and such found that these two sources
do not agree. Self-reported data about low back
pain (21.2%) was higher than administration’s data (10.2%).
Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data varied
in a few areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use
– leading to an undervalued prevalence of low back pain. (1)
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back
pain patients like you.
YOUR BACK PAIN
In a study that expressly looked
at one influence on back pain - spinal stiffness - from the subjective
patient angle and the objective testing angle revealed
that these two measures do not correlate well either. At least in
this comparison, actual input was from people: patients filling out questionnaires and doctors who filled out
objective tests. These findings led the researchers to notice
that while these two sources don’t correlate well, each is
important in the whole general picture of the
patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Ashburn chiropractor uses this evidence to care for your spine.
Your Ashburn chiropractor is an evidence-based
chiropractor. Evidence leads the spine relief treatment plan at
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn. A fascinating study of chiropractic
students found that as each year of school passed the students became
less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school,
your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Ashburn
back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic
spine care keeps expanding! Researchers report today that the use of non-pharmacological pain management may inhibit
unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one such non-drug
pain management offering. In a study of 101,221 spine pain patients, 1.55 to 2.03 times more non-chiropractic
patients got an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4)
Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who use chiropractic are shown
to have better clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back
surgeries a year later, less opioid-linked
disability, fewer traumatic falls and injuries, slower declines in activities
of daily living and disability over time) at less cost (fewer
medical doctors visits for low back pain, less opioid expense, less back-surgery
cost) with more satisfaction. (5) These are not
bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
Listen to this PODCAST
by Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as they described how non-pharmacological relieving
treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.
Make a non-surgical Ashburn
chiropractic care visit with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn. Your Ashburn chiropractor knows
your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back
pain or leg pain.