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January 2011 Health Newsletter


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» Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain:
» Chiropractic Is Cost Effective For Sure
» Chiropractic Miracles
» Many Medical Treatments Are Not So Scientific
» Is Living Longer Slipping Away?

Perceived Benefit of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Back Pain:

 

Back Pain Sufferers Benefit from Chiropractic Care


 

A study published in the June 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, showed that people who used what the study called "Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)" received a "great deal" of benefit. Chiropractic was included in what this medical study defined as CAM care. 

The study received attention in a number of news stories including an article in the July 4, 2010 Medical News Today, and in a June 30, 2010 Business Wire release by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. The study surveyed people who had suffered from back pain and had used at least one CAM therapy in the last 12 months. Of these participants the results showed that over 60% found remarkable relief using the top six CAM treatments. Those treatments were chiropractic care, massage, yoga/tai chi/qi Cong, acupuncture, herbal therapies, and relaxation techniques - with chiropractic care being the most popular choice. 

The Medical News Today story reported that back pain is the second leading reason people walk into a doctor's office in the U.S. The survey looked at a total of 17 CAM therapies choices. Of those, Chiropractic care was the most popular approach at 74 percent, with massage a distant second at 22 percent. 

Dr. Gerard Clum, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress spokesperson and president of Life Chiropractic College West noted, "What we are seeing with these studies is compelling evidence that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for back pain sufferers more and more, that light is chiropractic care and other CAM approaches." 

One of the interesting findings of the study was that an overwhelming number of the people in the survey did not go to a CAM practitioner because of a referral from a medical doctor. In fact only 24 percent of respondents with back pain who received CAM stated that care came at the suggestion of their conventional medical practitioner. 

In their study conclusion, the authors of the study stated, "CAM is used by 40% to 60% of the population yearly, and back pain is the most common medical condition for which people use CAM. Using a nationally representative survey, our analyses documented that the majority of respondents who used CAM for back pain perceived great benefit and identified specific factors associated with perceived benefit." 

In the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress release on the study Dr. Clum summed up the study by stating, "Back pain sufferers should be made aware of all treatment options, especially alternatives that have been scientifically proven to provide relief. While chiropractic care has in the past been considered alternative there is now a case to be made for making it the first choice for patients and in the process making interventions like injections and surgery the alternative approach."



 

 

Author: Anup K. Kanodia, MD, MPH, Anna T. R. Legedza, ScD, Roger B. Davis, ScD, David M.
Source: The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Copyright: 2010 American Board of Family Medicine 2010


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Chiropractic Is Cost Effective For Sure

A recent study adds to the growing list of studies indicating chiropractic care is extremely cost effective. In this most recent study, researchers set out to determine whether there were differences in the cost of low back pain care when a patient was able to choose a course of treatment with either a medical doctor or a doctor of chiropractic, given that his/her insurance provided equal access to both provider types. To obtain this data, researchers analyzed insurance claims from Blue Cross Blue Shield between October 1, 2004 and September 30, 2006 where the insurer had open access to medical doctors and chiropractic doctors through self-referral without any limit to the number of visits or differences in co-pays of these 2 provider types. According to their findings, those individuals who chose chiropractic care for their low back pain treatment had lower overall episode costs as compared to those who initiated care with a medical doctor. According to the study, “Paid costs for episodes of care initiated with a chiropractic doctor were almost 40% less than episodes initiated with a medical doctor. Even after risk adjusting each patient’s costs, we found that episodes of care initiated with a chiropractic doctor were 20% less expensive than episodes initiated with a medical doctor.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT Volume 33, Issue 9, Pages 640-643.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Chiropractic Miracles

While there are many philosophies and beliefs in regards to chiropractic care and exactly how everything works and what conditions chiropractic care can affect, there are also those clinical results experienced by chiropractic patients daily that are plain and simple, chiropractic miracles. Rather than get into the specifics of how chiropractic works and why, we’d simply like to share a case study published in a recent issue of the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. In this study, a 7-year old girl presents to a chiropractor after having suffered from cyclic vomiting syndrome for the previous 4 1/2 years. She additionally had a 2-month history of headaches and stomachaches. After receiving a thorough chiropractic evaluation, she was treated with a safe, low-force chiropractic procedure to her upper neck region. According to the case study, her symptoms improved within an hour of treatment. Chiropractic care has helped millions of people not only get out of pain, but similar to this case study, resolve their medical mysteries, so-to-speak, and experience their own chiropractic miracles. We encourage those who are suffering from pain and other health problems to contact their local chiropractor today for a consultation to see if chiropractic care can be their miracle too!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages 179-183 (December 2010
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Many Medical Treatments Are Not So Scientific

U.S. researchers state that the treatments medical doctors commonly use actually have little to no scientific support. Even in this day and age, there is still much uncertainty as to what the best patient care plan actually is for many health ailments. In fact, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, approximately only 1 in 7 treatment recommendations from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (a society representing healthcare providers and researchers across the nation) were based on high-quality data from clinical trials. Moreover, these statistics are based on more than 4,200 recommendations offered by the Infectious Diseases Society of America since 1994. Caveat emptor!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, January 10, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Is Living Longer Slipping Away?

For the first time since 2004 the National Vital Statistics Reports states the life expectancy for the average American has actually shortened slightly to 77.8 years. The good news is this slip is subtle, slipping just .1 years from the record high of 77.9 years in 2007. One thing is for sure, taking care of yourself and having regular health checkups including spinal checkups does a body good. If you are or have recently experienced any physical ailments or have not had your spine checked in the last 12 months, we encourage you to contact your local chiropractor today for a much needed and much deserved checkup. Many chiropractic offices additionally provide a very low cost no obligation consultation to see just what’s going on with that back of yours! Don’t be another statistic, call today!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: National Vital Statistics Reports, December 9, 2010.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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