Tag: physical therapy

Why wait for a physical therapist appointment when your local highly skilled chiropractor is available today?

Why wait for a physical therapist appointment when your local highly skilled chiropractor is available today? Chiropractic has been growing in popularity, especially among those who have recently discovered how safe and effective it is. Chiropractors have been recently recommended by United Healthcare’s Optum division as well as by Consumer Reports because of their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness as well. As the healthcare system has become more mechanized, and primary care has been marginalized, people are discovering that holistic care of the musculoskeletal system is a more sensible approach to problems such as back problems, neck problems, shoulder problems, knee and Read More »

A recent study shows that the first provider you visit for acute lower back pain influences utilization and cost.

A recent study shows that the first provider you visit for acute lower back pain influences utilization and cost. Keeping things simple by choosing the right provider first has a marked influence on your experiences, the treatment effectiveness, and the cost of care. With regard to acute lower back pain, a new study in the Journal of Physical Therapy was published in June 2023 with a number of PhD researchers as well as a colleague of mine, Mike Schneider DC, Ph.D. The study recognized that the cost of treating low back pain episodes continues to rise and it has been Read More »

How does a chiropractor help hip pain?

How does a chiropractor help hip pain? Hip pain can be frustrating especially when the hip pain interrupts your sleep. Many runners develop hip pain as well which can increase with activity. Is it tendonitis, bursitis, a strain, or something else? It is interesting to hear what other people think when you mention hip pain.   Often they will ask if you had an MRI, seen an orthopedic surgeon, go to therapy, or get an injection.   You will very quickly learn that most people have a very poor understanding of why things hurt and have an even poorer understanding of who 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 »

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 »