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Healthy News - January 2021

The work continues for coverage of chiropractic care for the benefits it offers Vancouver chiropractic patients. 

CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS AND COVERAGE

Federally directed insurance coverage for chiropractic care tends to restrict chiropractic despite the benefits chiropractic affords recipients. For example, chiropractic care for Medicare recipients seeking care from chiropractors for back pain is only covered for spinal manipulation despite a lack of evidence demonstrating an increase in serious risks related to chiropractic care of neck or back pain for these Medicare patients. Actually, research has documented that chiropractic care sped up recovery, decreased the number of back surgeries in a year, decreased opioid-linked disability, diminished the number of falls and traumatic injuries, slowed the decline in activities of daily living and disability over time, and lessened the costs and medical doctor visits for low back pain. (1) Another case in point is that despite new professional and insurance guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding back pain care, the Federal Employees Compensation Act still requires x-rays for chiropractic care to be reimbursed for care. (2) In place of imaging today, other less expensive and more effective ways are research-documented to figure out if spinal manipulation is appropriate. Researchers are so sophisticated as to be able to predict which low back pain patients will respond to spinal manipulation as a nonpharmacologic intervention recommended in clinical care guidelines today and by how much contingent upon factors like medication and exercise expectation, pain frequency, height, gender, extension ability, response to STarT Back Tool questionnaire. (3) The benefits of chiropractic care continue to grow and to be recorded, ready to be acknowledged by insurers like they are already acknowledged by Vancouver back pain and neck pain recipients. Vancouver Disc Centers provides pain-relieving care despite the payment system.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Clint Dickason on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his utilization of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient struggling with sciatic leg pain find relief. 
 
Vancouver health benefits from glucosamine use include reduced overall early mortality and mortality from cardiovascular issues.

Vancouver CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Not Just for The Disc Anymore!

Taking glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is more and more described as positive. A recent paper states that taking this combination decreased overall risk of early death about as effectively as routine exercise. (The authors do not recommend not exercising though!) (4) Another study of 77,510 supplement users found that people who used glucosamine (alone or with chondroitin) were found to have a significantly lower risk of death. Further, current users had a significantly lower risk of death from cancer. (5) Even more precisely, regular use of glucosamine was associated with a significantly lower risk of total cardiovascular disease issues and death, coronary heart disease and stroke. (6) Vancouver Disc Centers has indeed seen the beneficial use of glucosamine and chondroitin to care for degenerated discs related to back pain and neck pain. These additional benefits just raise the bar for the benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin. Are you taking yours? Let’s talk at your next Vancouver chiropractic visit!

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