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 annually
- 1.2 million spinal surgeries annually
- $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 exceeding $3.5
trillion - $10,739 a person – it is no wonder that insurers seek another way to cut costs, particularly when one-third
of the money is spent for hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2)
Wilson Family Chiropractic is well-equipped and confident
in offering non-hospital-based care to help Millville back pain –
chronic and acute – patients get relief of and manage
their back pain – as well as post-surgical continued back pain - non-surgically.
BACK PAIN FACTS
back pain is the foremost cause of years lived with
disability globally. Today, guidelines
for low back pain relief care discourage pain medications, steroid injections
and spine surgery and encourage physical therapy and psychological therapy.
Healthcare systems are apt 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interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions,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) Wilson Family Chiropractic reads this with interest.
Considering these facts, it’s not hard to believe that
some back pain sufferers will decide on 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 see a primary care physician (PCP) or
physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor initially based
on their health plan type, co-payment, and deductible. Modifying
these factors to make them more valuable/less expensive/less
restrictive as to provider type might well encourage
low back pain sufferers to pick non-hospital, conservative
treatment instead of back surgery. (4) Wilson Family Chiropractic likes this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers require back surgery. (5) Wilson Family Chiropractic is ready to help
the other 99% of the Millville 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 returns. It happens. It is controllable. It is
manageable. Some data 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!
Wilson Family Chiropractic helps Millville back pain patients navigate these recurrences and manage them so they don’t limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.
We have a treatment plan!
Wilson Family Chiropractic
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, Millville chiropractic care at
Wilson Family Chiropractic can help you cope with repeated episodes of back
Schedule a Millville chiropractic appointment at
Wilson Family Chiropractic 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 gets
70%, 80%, 90% and greater for many of our patients at less cost – in
terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.