PHYSICIAN REFERRALS AND BENEFITS
Physician referrals to complementary health approaches (CHAs)
is interesting. An inquiry revealed
that 53.1% of all US physicians recommended
at least one CHA to patients in the past year. The most
common approaches recommended were massage therapy (30.4%), chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation (27.1%),
herbs/nonvitamin supplements (26.5%), yoga (25.6%) and acupuncture (22.4%).
Female doctors were more likely than their male counterparts to refer for massage,
supplements, acupuncture and mind-body therapies. Psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, and
pediatricians were less likely to recommend
chiropractic/osteopathic manipulation than general and family practitioners who
most often suggested manipulation (54%) and massage (52.6%).
(1) And it’s been documented that first contact
care by a chiropractor for issues like back pain, shoulder and hip pain brings
about lower cost of care as well as clinically comparable
pain relief and higher satisfaction levels. (2) We love to see this referral among healthcare providers and physicians of all sorts! West Palm Beach chiropractic patients may well benefit from such cooperation in costs savings,
pain relief, and assurance in the care they receive.
Listen to the PODCAST
with Dr. Kim Lombardy on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who interacts
with physicians of all professions to benefit patients and especially
this patient with hip pain and a slipped disc that bothered
her after her hip surgery. His application of The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management sets him apart.
TIP OF THE MONTH: Enjoy the Holiday Season!
Just for fun, check out these Danish reports
about the advantages of holiday joy and Santa fun! One analysis of medical doctors whose
November conferences (with coffee) were compared to December conferences
(without coffee but with Santa). The Santa visits boosted the joy
to the level of meetings with coffee. (The authors highlight
that the research study was “kept secret for the participant in accordance
with the tradition of Santa’s elves.”) (3) Another Danish study analyzed issues like belief in Santa and relationship length that may impact
doctors’ divorce statistics in
the months following the holidays. Divorce rates rose least for general
practitioners whose relationships were also reported to be longer
that other medical subspecialties. Believing
in Santa was advantageous only for psychiatrists!
These authors’ bottom-line recommendation was to enjoy
the Christmas fun but don’t rely on Santa for the gift
shopping. Each person must do that for himself/herself! (4)
Bring Santa with you to your next West Palm Beach chiropractic
visit! He’ll do us all some good!
CONTACT Chiropractic Care
Schedule your next West Palm Beach chiropractic
appointment today with Chiropractic Care. Chiropractic Care hopes you
see Santa and smile with joy. Chiropractic Care welcomes all referrals
from physicians for West Palm Beach chiropractic spinal manipulation which Chiropractic Care
prides itself on being the back pain specialty practice in West Palm Beach.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!