PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is noteworthy. An inquiry found
that 53.1% of all US physicians referred patients to at least one CHA in the past year. 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 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 likely to recommend
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often suggested 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 results in 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! Lynchburg chiropractic patients may well benefit from such collaboration in costs savings,
pain relief, and assurance 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 help patients and especially
this patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that bothered
her after her hip surgery. His use of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management sets him apart.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Embrace the Holiday Season!
Just for fun, take a look at these Danish articles
about the benefits 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 point out
that the trial 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
doctors’ divorce statistics in
the months following 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 beneficial only for psychiatrists!
These authors’ final recommendation was to join in
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 Lynchburg chiropractor’s office, it’s
a good thing for all!
CONTACT Palmer Chiropractic Center
Schedule your next Lynchburg chiropractic
appointment today with Palmer Chiropractic Center. Palmer Chiropractic Center hopes you
see Santa and smile with joy. Palmer Chiropractic Center appreciates any referrals
from physicians for Lynchburg chiropractic spinal manipulation which Palmer Chiropractic Center
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Lynchburg.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!