Tag: Chiropractic

Pelvic floor dysfunction and back pain.

Pelvic floor dysfunction and back pain. Both women and men can develop back pain resulting from pelvic floor dysfunction. While it is common to find exercises based on Pilates and other methods for the pelvic floor, identifying the cause of the dysfunction may be the only way to improve the condition. Common causes of pelvic floor dysfunction include Childbearing asymmetrical gait Previous lower back injuries C section or other abdominal scars There are a growing number of therapists who have been trained in pelvic floor therapy and nonsurgical myofascial release to improve pelvic floor function. Many will also include pelvic Read More »

Improving access to chiropractic care under Medicare is essential; Here’s what you can do now.

Improving access to chiropractic care under Medicare is essential; Here’s what you can do now. Many baby boomers are now entering Medicare and finding out that chiropractic care under Medicare is quite limited even though chiropractors are physicians.   Currently, Medicare only covers manipulation of the spine, yet patients require an examination and may even need x rays or muscle work performed to get the optimal result from their care.   As a result, chiropractic patients pay out of pocket for x-rays, evaluations and the valuable muscle work and exercise instructions their chiropractor provides, often at a lower cost than other professions. Read More »

The $667 acupuncture visit that made the news and some thoughts from Dr. C

The $667 acupuncture visit that made the news and some thoughts from Dr. C We have a crazy healthcare system that allows excess reimbursement but also incentivizes doctors to do things that may not be in your best interest. This is especially true in healthcare where the data clearly shows that seeing a chiropractor or a physical therapist results in more satisfactory outcomes at a much lower cost for a painful lower back.  Apparently, x rays are overrated and MRIs are overutilized and may result in a medical procedure of dubious value that can actually do great harm. Apparently, United Read More »

More reasons to be wary of Medicare Advantage Plans according to Medpage today.

More reasons to be wary of Medicare Advantage Plans according to Medpage Today. Our blog has reported on the problems that exist with Medicare Advantage Plans.  Many of these plans offer to give you an enhanced benefit in exchange for using a private insurance carrier.   Most people find out the benefits disappear when they try to use a specialist or have an out of state healthcare emergency. Medicare Advantage, otherwise known as Medicare + C claims to offer lower costs.  Often, after the low Medicare deductible has been reached, patients find out their provider choices are limited as well as Read More »

Weather and pain; does the weather make people hurt worse?

Weather and pain; does the weather make people hurt worse? A new study from the UK entitled Cloudy with a chance of pain studied weather patterns and how people feel.   Most of us have a story about a grandparent telling us about a chronic problem such as knee pain that hurts worse with the weather. In our chiropractic office, the phenomenon frequently begins a day or two before the weather front fully develops.  It is common for the office phone to ring more on inclement weather days.   It is also common for people to be more sensitive and agitated on Read More »