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,”
reports Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s article called
Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way
to open an article! It goes on:
- $90 billion on low back pain alone a year
- 1.2 million spinal surgeries annually
- $60,000 to $110,000 per lumbar fusion
surgery (the fastest-growing type of surgery in the past 10 years)
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 a person – it’s no wonder that insurers seek another way to cut costs, particularly when one-third
of the money goes to hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Palmer Chiropractic Center is well-equipped and confident
in offering non-hospital-based care to help Lynchburg back pain –
chronic and acute – patients find relief of and handle
their back pain – as well as post-surgical continued back pain - non-surgically.
BACK PAIN FACTS
back pain is the leading cause of years lived with
disability around the world. 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 new 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interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,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 views
are presented in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization,
believe it or not. (3) Palmer Chiropractic Center reads this with interest.
light of these facts, it is not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will pick back surgery over
non-surgical management of their back pain. “Patients go where
insurance pays, even if it is surgery.” In one study, back pain sufferers made
the choice to visit a primary care physician (PCP) or
physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor first based
on their health plan type, co-payment, and deductible. Changing
these things to make them more valuable/less expensive/less
restrictive as to provider type could inspire
low back pain sufferers to pick non-hospital, conservative
treatment rather than back surgery. (4) Palmer Chiropractic Center is
all for this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers require back surgery. (5) Palmer Chiropractic Center is ready to assist
the other 99% of the Lynchburg back pain
sufferers cope with their back pain and adapt their
lifestyles to live with the spine they have and cope with
its episodes of pain and relief.
back pain sufferers are not alone if their back pain comes
back. It happens. It’s controllable. It’s
manageable. Some data first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of
patients experienced another episode of back pain of some sort. Awkward
postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences prompt
the risk of back pain recurrence. (6) It is ok though. Truly!
Palmer Chiropractic Center helps Lynchburg back pain patients find their
way through these recurrences and deal with them so they don’t limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
Palmer Chiropractic Center
to Dr. Kimble Cater on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson share how
he helped an expectant mother with her repeated episodes of back pain. Whether you
are pregnant or not, Lynchburg chiropractic care at
Palmer Chiropractic Center can help you deal with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a Lynchburg chiropractic appointment at
Palmer Chiropractic Center for back pain relief. Our care is not overused! The gentle, effective, evidence-based system of
Technic seeks 50% relief within 4-6 weeks of care and often delivers
70%, 80%, 90% and more for many of our patients at less cost – in
terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.