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Posted on 09-17-2015


Not Seeing a Chiropractor Could Cost You



Not Seeing a Chiropractor Could Cost You 

(NewsUSA) - Didn't consult a chiropractor first for your back pain? 

 That'll cost you $1.3 billion.

No, you personally won't be on the hook for the entire amount. But in 

analyzing two year's worth of its own insurance data, the health care giant

 Optum projected that's how much money healthcare consumers would've 

saved had patients who'd experienced 14.7 million reported non-surgical 

spinal episodes received chiropractic care at the outset.

Optum's definition of "at the outset" is "within the first 10 days" of a spinal 

episode. Taking advantage of that window, it found, drastically reduces the 

need for everything from costly surgery to injections to prescription 

medications -- a conclusion certain to fuel the growing "chiropractic first" 

movement espoused by many health experts.

And it's not just about the money.

"The quality of back pain treatment" would likewise be "improved," 

Optum has contended, if doctors of chiropractic -- who already perform 

more than 94 percent of all spinal manipulations in the U.S. -- were 

consulted first by patients.

"Chiropractic care advances the opportunity for optimal outcomes 

across care delivery, quality and cost," said the not-for-profit Foundation 

for Chiropractic Progress' Gerard Clum, DC, who also pointed to a recent 

study in the journal "Spine" that found that patients suffering from lower 

back pain who first visited a chiropractor, versus a surgeon, were more than 

40 percent less likely to go under the knife.

Coincidentally, 40 percent is also what the Foundation pegs the per-episode 

savings at when chiropractic care precedes medical or surgical interventions. 

For more info or to find a chiropractor in your area, 

visit www.F4CP.org/findadoctor.

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