Tuesday February 26, 2013 chiropractic physicians, assistants, and family members from all over Tennessee went to “the hill” to meet with key legislators to communicate the necessity of various patient protection, advocacy and cost effective bills that are being discussed at our state capitol. One of our chiropractic physicians, Dr. Cole Hosenfeld attended subcommittee meetings and met one on one with many of our key legislators to review key bills and the latest in pro-chiropractic research. The group met with over 100 legislators that day to ensure our voice is heard for the protection of our patients. The following is just a sampling of recently released research:
The medical journal Spine recently released research which set out to study the early indicators of lumbar spine surgery within 3 years after occupational back injury. Key findings of the Spine study, published in the Dec. 12, 2012 issue, show that:
•Patients under age 35, women, Hispanics and patients whose first provider was a chiropractic physician had reduced odds of lumbar spine surgery
•Approximately 43 percent of patients who saw a surgeon first had surgery
•Only 1.5 percent of those who saw a chiropractic physician first ended up having surgery
This scientific data shows a strong correlation between chiropractic care and the avoidance of lumbar spine surgery,supporting the benefits of chiropractic as conservative and cost-effectiveness care. A 2010 study by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee for low back pain care initiated with a Doctor of Chiropractic saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor.
-Written by Dr. Cole Hosenfeld, DC