According to HealthyPeople.gov, one of the primary healthcare initiatives nationwide is to ensure all citizens have access to comprehensive and high quality services.
Why is this so important? It might be easier to ask if there is any reason this is not important! Having access to a network of highly trained and competent healthcare professionals gives each person the opportunity to maintain optimal mental, physical and relational health.
Building a diverse, multi-disciplinary health care team can also ensure immediate access to the right medical professional to treat emerging health issues. This is never more true than when you have sustained an injury and need care right away. In this post, learn more about the importance of having access to other healthcare professionals, including chiropractic practitioners.
Lack of Health Insurance Coverage Is a Significant Barrier
Even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, there are still many Americans who do not carry health insurance. Often the reason is simply: the insurance provided by the AFA still is not affordable enough.
For these individuals, there is no traditional path for getting treatment for injuries. They pay cash out of pocket and must use their own best judgment as far as how to seek the right type of care.
Traditional Path to Treatment for Those with Insurance Coverage
For individuals who maintain a health insurance policy under the AFA and for those who are insured through an employer, the path to treatment often looks like this:
Primary care provider.
First, there is a visit to the primary care provider. Not only is this step required for the many people who have HMO (health maintenance organization) insurance, but it is also a smart first step to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
Once the diagnosis is made, the primary care provider can make recommendations to specialist providers to hasten the patient’s route to pain relief and healing.
A specialist will have additional knowledge for treating the injured area, including options for treatment that the patient can choose between.
Depending on the severity of the injury, there may be an option to watch and wait, seek surgical care, pursue physical or occupational therapy, receive chiropractic treatment and other helps.
What the patient ultimately chooses often depends a great deal on what insurance will cover for that type of injury.
Ongoing rehabilitation and follow-up care.
After any immediate medical needs have been attended to (pain management, surgical repair), many injured patients require longer-term, ongoing rehabilitation and follow-up care to ensure the injured area heals fully.
In the case of chiropractic care, many insurers and employers now work directly with chiropractic providers, especially when there has been an on-the-job injury. Here, chiropractic sessions may be provided free of charge under the terms of the employer’s worker’s compensation insurance program.
Physical and occupational therapy may also be productively combined with chiropractic care, massage, acupuncture and other recuperative aids, especially if the patient is deemed fit to return to work on a restricted basis. This may require learning new ways to perform familiar tasks while the injured area continues to heal.
The Multi-disciplinary Approach to Patient Care is Here to Stay
If the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has anything to say about it, the multi-disciplinary approach to patient health care is here for the long haul.
Reason being: it just works better. Patients are monitored by more sets of knowledgeable, experienced eyes, which results in fewer medication or treatment mistakes or missed injuries during treatment.
The communication and collaboration between a diverse group of providers also cuts down on treatment “dead ends” and often leads to new, innovative approaches to healing.
Even more importantly for insurance purposes, taking a team approach to patient care can cut out duplicate expenses. For example, one provider can take X-rays which can then be shared with the whole team using the new HIPAA-compliant electronic records systems.
Here, the patient is exposed to less radiation, there is much less risk of an insurer denying a claim for multiple X-ray tests and the patient’s needs can be quickly assessed and provided for.
Medical providers often report that they enjoy the collaborative process as well. There is the opportunity to learn from other experts in the medical field and collectively improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores while maximizing all available resources and streamlining costs.
Where a Chiropractic Practitioner Fits In
One reason why many mainstream insurers now provide coverage for chiropractic care as a standard insurance benefit is because the research shows chiropractic works better than many more traditional approaches (i.e. surgery, medication, et al).
Health expert Dr. Axe cites these research-driven benefits of advanced chiropractic care:
– Back and neck pain.
– Surgery prevention.
– Pregnancy wellness.
– Pain from arthritis and joint issues.
– High blood pressure.
– Organ function.
– Spinal health.
The human body is a complex system of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, organs and nerves. Many types of chronic pain in particular stem from nerve impairment or damage. As well, chronic systemic stress lowers immune system response and creates ongoing vulnerability to illness and infection.
Employers are already aware of the link between spinal imbalance, nerve impairment and immune system deficiencies. This awareness has led to the current emphasis on ergonomic work stations and employment benefits like wellness-based care.
But it takes more than ergonomics to combat ever-rising levels of chronic pain in workplaces today. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that low back pain is the most common cause of workplace absenteeism and disability, as well as one of the most expensive.
When primary care providers, specialists, employers, insurers and advanced chiropractic professionals all work together to collaborate on patient care, the patient gets faster care, more effective care and more satisfactory care. Most importantly, insurers, employers, providers and patients save money, time and stress when providers all work together to care for patients.
Consult with an Arizona Back Pain Chiropractor Today
Postponing a chiropractic treatment may only worsen the pain. And that would require longer therapy. Aside from basic chiropractic care, patients with severe conditions may also require supplementary services such as extensive corrective exercises, massage therapy, and spinal and postural screening.
Initially, chiropractors will conduct a diagnosis of a patient’s back pain to determine what causes it. Potentially serious back pains may no longer be under the scope of a chiropractor. If the back pain were caused by severe fracture, tumor, infection, neurological problems, open wounds or burns, prolonged bleeding, and joint infection, then the patient would be referred to a medical specialist that can help them best. This is another reason why it is necessary for back pains to be addressed immediately. Once it has worsened, help from a chiropractor alone may no longer be sufficient.
Help from the Experts
Seek help from the Advanced Chiropractic & Wellness Center for all your back pain issues. We take pride in providing the finest chiropractic health care to every patient. We use state-of-the-art chiropractic techniques to offer patients a safe, comfortable, and effective treatment package. Our experts don’t just treat back pain; they also offer preventive care for total health and wellness.
Additionally, our experts are highly knowledgeable in corrective exercises that could help strengthen the body and correct any irregularity. They also provide nutritional counseling to achieve one’s total health and balance. Our massage therapies don’t just make a person feel good. They are specially provided to relieve a wide range of musculoskeletal pains. To further ensure the prevention of injuries and other diseases, we also provide posture and spinal screening, as well as lifestyle advice. It is our goal to make sure that every patient comes out of our facility fully cured, healthy, and balanced.