Tag: Chiropractic

Pre-denial of care is the new normal; how patients can fight and win against bad behavior from big health insurers.

Pre-denial of care is the new normal; how patients can fight and win against bad behavior from big health insurers. Has your doctor ever told you that your care, or your test has to be pre-certified? Pre-certification is required for common tests such as an MRI and other advanced diagnostic test.  Pre-certification has effectively been used to decrease the amount of tests ordered simply because doctors for years have ordered too many tests. It is not common for Magellan or for other companies who are hired by large insurance companies to be the gatekeepers for tests that may cost $800 dollars Read More »

Complex surgeries on the elderly often results in poor outcomes; but a surgeons group believes this can be improved.

Complex surgeries on the elderly often results in poor outcomes; but a surgeons group believes this can be improved. If you have elderly parents who may be frail, the idea of a complex surgery should have you concerned.   While surgeons often suggest that a surgery may be needed to prolong the life of an older person, most of these surgeries result in poor outcomes, and worse, unneeded suffering for both the person who had the procedures and their families. For too long, our health system has emphasized the quantity of life over the quality of life.   Too many of our Read More »

Chronic pain; potent drugs do not work so what does according to Consumer Reports?

Chronic pain; potent drugs do not work so what does according to Consumer Reports? Whom should you visit first for a problem with chronic pain?  Is Fibromyalgia a real disease or is a manifestation of chronic pain gone bad?  Should chronic pain be a normal part of aging? Why is it so difficult to get effective care for why you ache without searching for a bottle of pills. A while ago a patient told me this humorous story; A patient of his would always look at his grandfather when he got up in the morning.  He would sit up in Read More »

Is the opioid crisis the other white coat syndrome?

Is the opioid crisis the new white coat syndrome? White coat syndrome occurs when a patient has their blood pressure taken and it is temporarily high requiring an additional reading. The Opioid crisis has been created when big pharma manipulated the medical system into believing that managing pain is the same as understanding why someone hurts. Opioid addiction has unfortunately been caused by a misuse of a pain relieving product that was addictive by a profession that has a poor understanding of why people hurt. Stay away from people who wear white coats who use knives is a constant refrain Read More »

Sciatic pain caused by an old abdominal scar from years ago.

Sciatic pain caused by an old abdominal scar from years ago. She said that over the past couple of years, her leg pain which began on one side was now in both legs Getting out of a chair was painful and difficult. She was now experiencing knee pain as well and thought the stiffness in her upper body and neck was a normal part of aging, since it developed over many years. Her medical doctors suggested the sciatic pain problem was due to spinal stenosis after reading her MRI report. Spinal stenosis is a condition that will reduce  the space Read More »