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Johnson Chiropractic Delivers Relieving Spine Care often in Less Time, with Less Cost

How well do you understand your spine and what it requires? Does your doctor? Does your insurer (ie, Medicare)? Johnson Chiropractic prides itself on understanding the spine of each of our Richmond chiropractic patients. Your Richmond chiropractor assesses your low back when there’s low back pain, your neck when you have neck pain, your neck when there’s arm pain, your low back when there is leg pain, your thoracic spine when you have thoracic (and even neck and low back) pain. Your chiropractor ”gets” your spine. Unfortunately, sometimes your insurer does not. The chiropractic profession endeavors to deliver the research to the insurers to cover essential treatment for your spine while your Richmond chiropractor strives to communicate openly with your insurer for your optimal care and with you for your best clinical outcome: relief of pain.


Administrators’ data doesn’t tell the whole story about back pain. In one study that compared self-reported low back pain to data gathered by health groups that track low back pain via billing codes and the like found that these two sources do not agree. Self-reported data about low back pain (21.2%) was higher than administration’s data (10.2%). Characteristics of low back pain patients based on data varied in several areas – sex, health/behavior traits, and health care use – leading to an underestimated prevalence of low back pain. (1) Johnson Chiropractic knows how prevalent back pain is and how it affects our back pain patients like you.


In a study that specifically examined one influence on back pain - spinal stiffness - from the subjective patient point of view and the objective testing angle revealed that these two measures do not correlate well either. At least in this comparison, real input was from people: patients filling out questionnaires and doctors doing objective tests. These findings directed the researchers to note that while these two sources do not correlate well, each is important in the overall picture of the patient’s condition and care. (2) Your Richmond chiropractor factors in this evidence to take care of your spine.


Your Richmond chiropractor is an evidence-based chiropractor. Evidence guides the spine relief treatment plan at Johnson Chiropractic. A fascinating study of chiropractic students found that with each year of education they became less vitalistic and more evidence-based. (3) After 7 or so years in school, your chiropractor is prepared to take care of Richmond back pain and neck pain patients. The evidence of beneficial chiropractic spine care keeps expanding! Researchers report today of how the use of non-pharmacological pain management may inhibit unnecessary use of opioids. Chiropractic is one type of non-drug pain management offering. In an analysis of 101,221 spine pain patients, 1.55 to 2.03 times more non-chiropractic patients filled an opioid prescription than chiropractic patients. (4) Further, Medicare beneficiary patients who use chiropractic are found to have higher clinical outcomes (faster recovery, fewer back surgeries a year later, less opioid-linked disability, fewer traumatic falls and injuries, slower declines in activities of daily living and disability over time) at less cost (fewer medical doctors visits for low back pain, less opioid expense, less back-surgery cost) with higher levels of satisfaction. (5) These are not bad trade-offs for the Medicare cost system and for the Medicare patient.

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Lee Hazen and Cheri Hazen RN on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as they described how non-pharmacological relieving treatment of back pain using the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management and other non-drug approaches help.

Make a non-surgical Richmond chiropractic care visit with Johnson Chiropractic. Your Richmond chiropractor knows your spine well and how to relieve it of pain: neck pain, arm pain, low back pain or leg pain.

 Johnson Chiropractic presents how non-drug treatment of back pain combined with knowledge of the spine and its pain help in the relief of spine pain: more quickly and less costly. 
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