CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS AND COVERAGE
Federally directed insurance coverage for chiropractic care tends to restrict chiropractic despite the benefits chiropractic delivers to recipients. For example, chiropractic care for Medicare recipients seeing chiropractors for back pain is only covered for spinal manipulation despite no evidence showing an increase in serious risks related to chiropractic care of back or neck pain for these Medicare patients. Actually, research has demonstrated that chiropractic care improved the time of recovery, reduced the number of back surgeries in a year, reduced opioid-linked disability, shrank the number of falls and traumatic injuries, reduced the decline in activities of daily living and disability over time, and reduced costs and medical doctor visits for low back pain. (1) Another example is that regardless of new professional and insurance guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding back pain care, the Federal Employees Compensation Act still necessitates x-rays for chiropractic care to be reimbursed for care. (2) In place of imaging today, other less costly and more valuable 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, gender, height, extension ability, response to STarT Back Tool questionnaire. (3) The benefits of chiropractic care continue to grow and to be documented, ready to be acknowledged by insurers like they are already acknowledged by Nashua back pain and neck pain recipients. Moriarty Chiropractic provides pain-relieving care despite the payment system.
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Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Not Just for The Disc Anymore!
Taking glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is more and more described as positive. A recent paper explains that taking this combination reduced 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 discovered that people who consumed glucosamine (alone or with chondroitin) were found to have a significantly lower risk of death. Additionally, current users had a significantly lower risk of death from cancer. (5) Even more specifically, regular use of glucosamine was associated with a significantly lower risk of total cardiovascular disease issues and death, coronary heart disease and stroke. (6) Moriarty Chiropractic has certainly seen the beneficial use of glucosamine and chondroitin to take care of degenerated discs associated with back pain and neck pain. These additional benefits just raise the bar for the benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin. Are you taking yours? Let us talk at your next Nashua chiropractic visit!
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