PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is interesting. 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 acupuncture,
yoga, herbs/nonvitamin supplements, osteopathic/chiropractic manipulation, and
Female doctors were more inclined than their male counterparts
to suggest for massage,
supplements, acupuncture and mind-body therapies. Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and
pediatricians were less inclined to recommend
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often suggested manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%).
(1) And it has been documented that first contact
care by a chiropractor for issues like back pain, shoulder and hip pain brings
about lower cost of care as well as clinically similar
pain relief and higher satisfaction levels. (2) We love to see this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all sorts! Vancouver chiropractic patients may well benefit from such collaboration in costs savings,
pain relief, and confidence 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 troubled
her after her hip surgery. His use of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management sets him apart.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Enjoy 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 contrasted to December conferences
(without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits enhanced the happiness
to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors point out
that the research study was “kept secret for the participant in accordance
with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study looked
at issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may influence
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. Belief
in Santa was beneficial only for psychiatrists!
These authors’ bottom-line recommendation was to join in
the Christmas fun but don’t rely on Santa for the present
shopping. Each person must do that for himself/herself! (4)
If you see Santa in your Vancouver chiropractor’s office, it is
a good thing for all!
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
Schedule your next Vancouver chiropractic
appointment today with Vancouver Disc Centers. Vancouver Disc Centers wants you
see Santa and smile with joy. Vancouver Disc Centers appreciates all referrals
from physicians for Vancouver chiropractic spinal manipulation which Vancouver Disc Centers
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in Vancouver.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!