Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients
By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Aug 28 2014 03:41AM
Two recent studies on chiropractic care for patients over 55 show that chiropractic is the best solution for chronic neck and low-back pain! This is something that our older chiropractic patients have been attesting to for years but we are excited to see that research strongly agrees.
In the first study on chronic neck pain, 241 people over the age of 65 were assessed periodically over the course of a year. The three test groups included:
1. Individuals recieving chiropractic care and practicing home exercises to combat their chronic pain.
2. Individuals receiving supervised exercises and practicing home exercises.
3. Individuals practicing home exercises only
After just 12 weeks of treatment the first group reported a 10% greater decrease in pain than the third group and a 5% greater decrease than the second group. As the year progressed, chiropractic plus home exercise was found to be the superior treatment for both the short term and long term.
The second study was for chronic low-back pain in people over 55 years of age. It was the first ever radomoized clinical trial of chiropractic for geriatric patients. The test groups included individuals receiving two different types of chiropractic treatment and individuals instead receiving conservative medical care (consisting of medication). All three groups practiced the same home exercises.
Patients were evaluated at 3, 6, 12, and 24 weeks. The results were positive for chiropractic and both chiropractic techniques achieved the same levels of improvement. Moreover, both exceeded the progress achieved by the group receiving medical care in the areas of pain and functional assessment.
These results have been achieved before in studies involving chiropractic. However, these were the first studies ever published on patients over the age of 55. Also, no serious side effects were found from chiropractic adjustments as compared to medications.
Forbes Magazine recently published an opinion piece stating that Medicare should stop paying for chiropractic care for its recipients. It even went so far as to call chiropractic care (when paid for by Medicare) "wasteful government spending." These studies show otherwise. In addition, chiropractic care makes up only
.006% of the Medicare budget. Meanwhile, over $200million Medicare dollars were spent on improper billing for spinal fusion surgery (in cases when the surgery was eventually deemed unnecessary because more conservative care, such as chiropractic, would have been effective but was not employed first).
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