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Medicare and How It Effects You!

Did you know that you are required by law to have an exam before chiropractic care, but it is not covered?  Chiropractic has been singled out as one of the only healthcare professions that does not have coverage for patient exams.  In an effort to correct this, we need your help!  Please sign the petition below to let you legislators know that you deserve coverage for your exams!


Inclement Weather Policy:

In the event that there is inclement weather, please call our office before coming for your appointment.  If you do not feel safe, please do NOT try and come for your appointment.  Simply call us and we will reschedule you as soon as the snow and ice melts!

Another Case of Poor Journalism

On April 20, 2014, Forbes.com published a poorly researched and highly inflammatory commentary by Mr. Salzberg stating Medicare had “wasted” $496 million dollars on chiropractic.  Much like in his 2012 article, he theorizes that chiropractic has no medical basis, does not work, and is dangerous.  However, he does not cover the fact that there are more than 10 times the number of physical therapy schools now teaching manipulation in this country.  My question is simple, if manipulation does not work, why is it being taught now more than ever?  Also, if it is so “dangerous”, then why are we encouraging this form of practice to continue.  I will also include the link to an article written by Dr. Tony Hamm, President of the American Chiropractic Association who lays out the simple facts of chiropractic and its efficacy for treatment (http://www.acatoday.org/record_css.cfm?CID=5455).  The highlights of this article include:

  • Chiropractors are the highest-rated health care providers for lower back pain
  • Chiropractor consistently outperform all other forms of medicine and alternative medicine treatments for lower back pain
  • Spinal fusion surgery has increased nearly 500% in the last decade resulting in at least $200 million in improper medical billing to Medicare
  • The CDC recently announced that the US (with 6% of the world’s population) consumes approximately 80% of all the medication used worldwide!
  • A chiropractor’s education includes a nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs with a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to medical and osteopathic schools.

Much like criticism in the past, this too will pass as over 27 million patients will continue to receive the wonderful benefits of chiropractic care!   On Monday, January 6, 2014, an article was published in the Washington Post questioning the safety and efficacy of chiropractic manipulation of the spine. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-safe-are-the-vigorous-neck-manipulations- The article highlights the most unfortunate risk that is attributed with chiropractic care.  However, more unfortunate, is the lack of perspective the author brings to light.  There have been many studies performed on both the efficacy and safety of chiropractic care.  Further, public opinion for chiropractic is one of the highest, if not the highest among the major medical providers. However, if you look at the data of the “26 published cases” it shows correlation rather than causation in the stroke events.  The study omits important data such as familial and social risk factors, provider (DO, MD, or DC) who performed manipulation, and other medical risk factors like obesity, history of diabetes, and complications from pharmaceutics.  Further, if you put the number 26 in perspective with the over 20,000,000 people that are adjusted each year, it seems that the risk is statistically much more insignificant than the article leads you to believe.  Further, the article fails to highlight that all procedures have risks.  Like the unfortunate death of Jahi McMath from a tonsillectomy, no procedure is 100% without risk.  Moreover, if you look at the almost 1000 deaths attributed each year to acetaminophen (http://www.propublica.org/article/tylenol-mcneil-fda-behind-the-numbers) it seems foolish to call in to question the safety of chiropractic for treatment of neck pain when any person can walk into most any store and purchase a product that is more likely to cause harm. I think the take home message of the article should be to encourage patients to be diligent in their pursuit of providers.  For example, in North Carolina, chiropractors are required to provide a list of possible side effects associated with chiropractic care.  In my office, we go one step further and discuss possible treatment outcomes with our patients so they have an idea of what to expect during the course of care.  In the end, I hope America will not just read the headlines, but take a deeper look at the safety, efficacy, and patient satisfaction chiropractic can provide for them.

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