WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
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Instead of seeing your family doctor for the pain, you decide to see a Chiropractor.
At Chiropractic and Beyond, we offer a detailed examinations that consists of orthopedic , neurological, musculature balance, postural exams and X-rays, something you would never see at a medical office. The Chiropractor’s goal is to get you out of pain AND fix the underlying issue so the pain doesn’t return.
Since Chiropractors do not use damaging medications, the pain relief may not be immediate and can be discouraging to those looking for a “quick-fix”. Initial treatment periods may last a few weeks but the total cost of care still remains far less than going to see a medical doctor.
AVERAGE MEDICAL COSTS
Medical Treatment is Expensive!
On average, a visit for neck and lower back pain to a medical office ranges from $60 to $300+ depending on the doctor and the nature of the visit. The cost for potentially dangerous and addictive prescription medication may cost up to $800 for the first visit.
The pain medication may ease the pain, but it does not address the underlying injury by masking it. Once the medication is gone, the pain returns, and long story short you become addicted to expensive pain medication.
This is true for countless people in the world.
THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE VS. MEDICAL TREATMENT
With a precarious economy and the unknown future of healthcare in Vietnam, consumers need better options in relieving pain and promoting health. A trip to a medical office for neck or low back pain can rapidly progress to medication dependence and thousands of dollars in medical expenses.
Chiropractic care is increasing in popularity due to its approach to wellness and prevention healthcare, not reaction medicine. As more research exposes the cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic care for treating neuromuscular complaints such as neck and low back pain, more medical doctors in the United States are referring their patients to Chiropractors for relief
The message would seem to be crystal clear, but only recently the medical industry began accepting Chiropractic care as a worthwhile and cost-effective treatment for neck and low back pain. If you haven’t been to a Chiropractor, it’s definitely time that you started.
At Chiropractic and Beyond, we offer a quality care that comes from your trusted Doctor of Chiropractic.
THE STORY BEHIND COST-EFFECTIVE CHIROPRACTIC CARE
The Contrasting View of Healthcare
Recent research has been investigating the cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic care among other natural alternatives (physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage) versus conventional medicine. A 2012 systemic review found spinal manipulation therapy to be more cost-effective for neck and low back pain when compared with general practitioner care, physiotherapy or exercise.
A study in 2007 compared care costs of a patient under the treatment of a Chiropractor as their primary care physician (PCP) versus a medical doctor.
After 70,000 member-months spanning a 7-year period, hospital admission costs were decreased by 60.2%, cost of days spent in the hospital were decreased by 59%, and outpatient surgeries and procedures were down by 62%.
If these numbers were not shocking enough, the costs associated with pharmaceuticals decreased by 85% when compared to conventional medically-driven care. All of these comparisons were done in the same time frame, geography, and health maintenance organization product.
COSTS AT A GLANCE
Disc Surgery cost:
For patients not covered by health insurance, herniated disc surgery can cost between $20,000 and $50,000 or more, including the surgeon's fee, anesthesiologist, and facility fee. A minimally invasive outpatient microdiscectomy would typically fall on the lower end, while an inpatient open discectomy with a hospital stay would fall on the higher end.
Herniated disc surgery typically is covered by health insurance if ordered by a doctor. According to eSpine.com, the website of a Los Angeles-based surgeon, most insurance plans will cover a spinal surgery. Medicare generally covers herniated disc surgery.
For patients covered by insurance, assuming the deductible has been met, typical out-of-pocket costs would consist of coinsurance of between 10 and 40 percent of the procedure, for a total of $2,000 or more, up to the yearly out-of-pocket maximum.
Lumbar Fusion cost:
$150,000-$200,000 for surgery costs and 3 day stay in the hospital.
Symptom relief, Low back and neck pain = Very low
Spinal restoration = Very low
Grand Total = Reasonable