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Chiropractic Care is Recommended Before Back Surgery for Chronic Low Back Pain!

Chiropractic Care for Chronic Low Back Pain

Chiropractic Care First For Low Back Pain!

A more natural approach for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain is becoming increasing more popular.  New Guidelines from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center outline a plan for conservative treatment plan before back surgery is considered.  Treatments such as Chiropractic Care and Physical therapy must be administered for at least three months before surgery would be considered.  In the past, medical doctors and hospitals were not as open to conservative care and would recommend only medication, injections, and or surgery.

Read more about these guidelines in the original Article from Dynamic Chiropractic on May 20, 2012.

Chiropractic Before Spine Surgery for Chronic LBP

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan mandates conservative care before considering surgery for chronic LBP cases.

By Peter W. Crownfield, Executive Editor

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan, a health maintenance organization affiliated with the university’s School of Medicine, has adopted landmark guidelines for the management of chronic low back pain.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, candidates for spine surgery must receive “prior authorization to determine medical necessity,” which includes verification that the patient has “tried and failed a 3-month course of conservative management that included physical therapy, chiropractic therapy, and medication.” Surgery candidates also must be graduates of the plan’s LBP health coaching program. The program features a Web-based decision-making tool designed to help plan members “understand the pros and cons of surgery and high-tech radiology.” It is the first reported implementation of such a policy by a health care plan.

Putting a Clamp on the Soaring Rates of Spine Surgery

According to the December 2011 issue of the UPMC Health Plan Physician Partner Update, which informed participating providers of the new guidelines and the rationale for their implementation, “We feel strongly that this clinical initiative will improve the quality of care for members who are considering low back surgery, and that it will facilitate their involvement in the decision-making process.” The update also noted, “Surgical procedures for low back surgery performed without prior authorization will not be reimbursed at either the specialist or the hospital level.”

A Conservative Strategy for Managing Chronic LBP

PCP discussion related to self-care consisting of rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE)

Screening for psychosocial factors or “yellow flags” and incorporate behavioral interventions as appropriate with other treatment interventions

Education on self-management techniques – functional ability assessment and education on return to work / usual activity and function

Enrollment and graduation from UPMC Health Plan Health Coach’s Low Back Pain Program (mandatory) which may also include participation in other programs such as weight loss, physical activity, tobacco cessation, depression and/or stress

Early referral to chiropractor or physical therapist, but before advanced imaging, for manipulation/mobilization; stabilization exercises; directional preference strategies – member and/or provider movements that abolish or cause centralization of pain (McKenzie self-treatment repeated movements that centralize pain)

Detailed documentation of extent and response to conservative treatment including chiropractor/physical therapy documentation

SOURCE: UPMC Health Plan Policy and Procedure Manual, October 2011: Surgical Management of Low Back Pain
(partial list of considerations prior to spine surgery to determine medical necessity). Complete policy available at www.upmchealthplan.com/pdf/PandP/MP.043.pdf.

Commenting on the UPMC Health Plan guidelines, Gerard Clum, DC, former president of the World Federation of Chiropractic and Life Chiropractic College West, and current executive committee member of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, stated:

“The UPMC should be congratulated for its leadership is establishing policies to assure that the least invasive and most likely to be successful care strategies, including chiropractic care, are applied for a meaningful period of time before surgical considerations are made. This decision is both an important recognition of the value of chiropractic care in the acute low back pain environment as well as a recognition of the clinical and economic downsides to spinal surgery in this situation.”

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the UPMC Health Plan covers insureds in 15 counties in western Pennsylvania. The plan integrates 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites.

Chiropractic Services: What the UPMC Health Plan Covers

“It is the policy of UPMC Health Plan to recognize chiropractic services and adjunctive procedures as appropriate and consistent with good medical practice and will provide coverage when the services are medically necessary and covered by the member’s benefit plan for the specific indications detailed in this policy. Coverage is limited to medically necessary services provided by a licensed doctor of chiropractic, within the scope of his/her license.”

“Covered chiropractic services include evaluation and management, manipulation, spinal X-rays, therapeutic exercise, and adjunctive procedures that are appropriate and medically necessary for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. … Indications for Chiropractic Services: Indicated for primary, neuro-musculoskeletal symptoms involving the spine, para-spinal soft tissues, and extremities. Indications for Manipulation: Manipulation is appropriate to restore function that has been reduced or lost by illness or injury. Indications for Adjunctive Procedures: Adjunctive procedures are appropriate to restore function and prevent disability following injury. Indications for Therapeutic Exercise: Indicated for improvement or to restore functional status by building strength, endurance and flexibility of the affected region.”

Many Back pain Sufferers and doctors are recognizing the value in this type of approach to back pain relief for many reasons.  First of all, the risks and success rate of surgery can be daunting to most and surgery doesn’t correct the cause of most back pain.  Many times after surgery, they same bio mechanical problems that caused the back problem in the first place still remain hence the patient still has back pain.   Conservative methods of care such as Chiropractic care and Physical Therapy are more targeted at solving the bio mechanical problems such as spinal misalignment, muscle imbalance, muscle weakness,  and improper movement patterns.  These types of treatment also include a lot of education and stress the importance of long term stretching programs and therapeutic fitness programs that can help patients combat Back Pain over the long haul.

If you are interested in a more natural conservative approach to back pain then give Synergy Institute a call.  Our Professional Chiropractor’s and Physical Therapists have helped many Naperville and Aurora residents get back pain relief.  Call one of our Three convenient locations today.
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Chiropractic Care Helped Chicago Bulls Star Get Back in the Game Fast!

Chiropractic Care Helps Chicago Bulls Star with Back Pain!

Chiropractic Care Helps Chicago Bulls Star with Back Pain!

Athletes  of are sidelined in many different sport for back pain related injuries and most times don’t get the opportunity to get the most appropriate care right away.  It is a good thing Derek Rose knew the benefit of getting Chiropractic Care right away to help get rid of his back pain and get back on the court.  Imagine the consequences if he did not take the right course of action?

The key to recovering quickly is to immediately uncover what exactly is causing the problem and begin to correct that problem.  In too may cases athletes are given basic therapy and medications to cover up the problem with the hopes that it will just get better.   In other cases they do nothing and just hope it will go away.  The problem with this approach is that spinal misalignments go uncorrected and can get worse in a short period of time.  A simple chiropractic check up can determine if these subluxations or spinal misalignments are present.  When the spinal misalignments are corrected through Chiropractic Care the body can function more efficiently and take the stress off the problem areas.

See How Chiropractic Care Helped This Famous Chicago Bulls Star.

Here is the Article on  February 20, 2012 by K.C. Johnson for the Chicago Tribune.

Rose returns, leads Bulls past Hawks

After missing 5 games with back spasms, he contributes 23 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds

Derrick Rose had never before sat for five straight games in his NBA career, so the deafening roar that drowned out his name after public-address announcer Tommy Edwards began “From Chicago …” didn’t surprise.

But when close to the same roar accompanied Rose merely dribbling on the Bulls’ first possession Monday, the impact of his absence became more fully felt.

His teammates didn’t cheer, at least publicly. They merely benefited from Rose’s aggressive presence that featured 23 points, six assists, five rebounds and four turnovers in the Bulls’ 90-79 matinee victory over Atlanta.

“It was awesome to watch,” Carlos Boozer said.

Rose, who had been sidelined by back spasms, logged close to 35 minutes and, in an atypical move, didn’t appear in the postgame locker room to address reporters. He spoke to ESPN’s Doris Burke on the court afterward.

“The whole week I was seeing a great chiropractor,” Rose told Burke. “Teammates and fans were waiting for me to come back. I was feeling good and just trying to play the way I normally play — aggressive.

“My teammates followed me. Coach did a great job with the game plan. (My back) feels good. I have to put a little ice on there. I should be all right.”

Boozer added 16 points for the Bulls, who have won 13 straight regular-season games following a loss. Joakim Noah rebounded from his rough outing on Saturday to grab 16 rebounds, helping the Bulls to a 51-41 advantage on the boards and 18-4 edge in second-chance points.

But Rose dominated attention. He survived a hard tumble after drawing a foul on Josh Smith for a three-point play midway through the third quarter.

“You don’t want him to change who he is,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You’re always concerned about health. But a guy could get hurt in practice or shootaround. That’s part of the game.

“He’s done a good job with his rehab. Our trainers have done a great job with him. As long as he’s pain-free and feels 100 percent, we felt comfortable. He met all the criteria that we were looking for him to meet before he played again. So we’re good.”

Actually, not everything was. For the second straight game, the Bulls started slow, forcing Thibodeau to burn a 20-second timeout early in which he blistered the starters. They responded with an 11-0 run as Rose scored nine first-quarter points.

But an eventual 21-point lead with just over 4 minutes to play in the third quarter got quickly whittled to nine by that quarter’s close. Former Bull Jannero Pargo heated up with three 3-pointers.

Then the Hawks, who played without Marvin Williams and with an ineffective Joe Johnson trying to battle through knee soreness, pulled within five in the fourth. Rose almost lost the ball before shoveling it to Luol Deng, whose 3-pointer with 2:59 left marked his first points since the first quarter and provided breathing room.

“Derrick’s explosion was there,” Thibodeau said. “His drives were there. Conditioning-wise, he’s not where he normally is. But that’s to be expected. Overall, I’m very pleased. He said he felt real good out there.”

Chiropractic Care helped Derek Rose, and it can help many other athletes even if they are not famous professionals!  Chiropractic Care is for everyone and is all natural.  The key is to get a Chiropractic Check up right away and do not wait for the problem to progress.  See your Chiropractor Today.

Synergy Institute Can help you get back in the game quickly!  Our Chiropractors have experience in working with many different types of athletes.  We have worked with professional athletes in the past but a large majority is with college and high school athletes, and yes of course our weekend adult warriors!  Call one of our three Integrative Chiropractic Offices today for a Free Consultation and Get back in the Game.

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Get Answers To Your Top Five Acupuncture Questions!

Naperville, Bolingbrook, Plainfield Acupuncture

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Have you have ever considered trying acupuncture for pain relief or wellness? Have you been told by a friend to try it? The answer is probably yes. In recent years acupuncture has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Each year, more and more people are trying it and incorporating Acupuncture into their regular healthcare program.

Most people I talk to would consider acupuncture, but would like some answers to some of their question. Here are the top five questions that almost every patient asks before beginning treatment.

“Does Acupuncture Work?”
Yes, acupuncture has worked for centuries and has proven itself over and over again with various conditions. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture to be effective, and many medical doctors are even referring their patients to acupuncturists for treatment.

“How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture helps the body achieve balance by stimulating various points in the body called meridians. The needles are inserted into the meridians to help balance the energy flow called Qi. When proper energy flow and balance are restored, all of the organs and systems function in harmony and the body can then begin to heal itself.

“What Are the Conditions that can Acupuncture Help?”
Acupuncture has been successful with many conditions and can also be used in a wellness program to keep the body functioning at it’s best. Some of the most common conditions helped by acupuncture are….

  • Neck pain& Back Pain
  • Disc Problems
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches
  • Foot Pain & Knee Pain
  • Tennis & Golfer’s elbow
  • Neuropathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Fertility
  • Insomnia & Sleeping Problems
  • TMJ & Facial Pain
  • and much more!

“Does Acupuncture Hurt?”
Acupuncture does not hurt. The needles used in acupuncture are very fine and cause little or no pain when inserted into the meridians. Many patients, even the most needle phobic, remark that they barely feel a thing and report that they feel more relaxed during the acupuncture session than they remember being in a long time.

“How Much Does Acupuncture Cost?”
Acupuncture is very affordable and usually ranges between $50 and $75 per treatment. The cost depends on duration, number of points stimulated, and if electro-stimulation is used. Many insurance companies even cover the cost of the acupuncture session.

Hopefully you have most of your questions about acupuncture answered. If you live in Naperville, Bolingbrook, or Plainfield and are ready to give Acupuncture a try…Call Synergy Institute today at 630-922-5790 for A FREE Acupuncture Consultation.

Remember acupuncture isn’t just for pain relief and symptom care. Acupuncture is a form of wellness care that can help keep your body functioning at its best and stay well!

Back Pain Relief

Five Helpful Tips For Back Pain Relief

Tips For Back Pain Relief

Many people suffer from back pain.  Matter of fact, most people you know suffer from back pain.  It is one of the most common reasons for missed work.

The alarming statistics shed light on to the fact that we need to employ better strategies at combating back pain.  Rather than focus on creating new treatments for back pain, it is more beneficial if each individual would take some simple measures to protect their back and spine.

I will list the top five ways to reduce and prevent back pain.

1.  Stretch every day at least two times.  You don’t need to stretch for house, just enough to stretch the major muscle groups each a minimum of sixty seconds.

2.  Use proper ergonomics to eliminate daily repetitive stresses being placed on the spine and back.  Evaluate lifting techniques, car seat settings, and any other activity you do on a regular basis.

3.  Proper nutrition is also very critical for the cells that heal and repair on an ongoing basis.  Drink 64 ounces of water, eat a minimum of half of your body weight in grams of protein and eliminate inflammatory foods like refined, processed foods, and sugars.  Diets are more important than most people think.

4.  Regular cardiovascular activity also helps the muscles and joins move better.  Moderate exercise that does not increase stress on the joints in recommended.  Thirty minute sessions three to five times per week is best.  Make sure you are comfortable doing the exercise and select types of cardio you feel best doing.

5.  Get a spinal check up to identify problems before you have symptoms.  Just like you would get your teeth checked to prevent cavities for progressing, you also want to get your spine checked.  Problems begin long before the symptoms occur.

Take time to implement these simple instructions.  The Synergy Institute can help you with a stretching program and nutritional advice.  You can also come in for a FREE consultation to learn more about having a spinal check up.

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Stop Suffering from Back Pain.

Are you Suffering From Back Pain, Sciatica or herniated Discs?

Are you Suffering from Back Pain, Sciatica, or Disc Problems?  If so, having back and leg pain can bring life to a standstill.

You might not be able to play  sports, work, or even sit for more than a few minutes.  Its tough because people who don’t have these problems can’t even begin to understand how you feel.  I bet you can’t remember the last time you even had a restful night’s sleep.

When the cushions in you back joints, called discs, get injured or wear out, they begin to degenerate and caus pain.  Bulging and herniations form, pressing on nerve roots.

The most common treatment for disc herniations is surgery.  even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000 – $15,000 and sometimes more.

In addition the recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with any surgery.

Before you opt for Spinal Surgery, you should consider a less invasive approach to solving your back pain and sciatica.

Synergy Institute has a long track record of helping with sciatica and Back Pain.  Synergy Institute offers a comprehensive approach to the treatment of Back Pain, Sciatica, and Disc Herniations.

The Conditions we have had success with are:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Discs
  • Back Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Gluteal / Buttock Pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Stenosis

Let Synergy Institute Help you with Get Relief From Back Pain.  Call One of our three locations today serving Back Pain Relief to Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Montgomery, Plainfield, Oswego, and Yorkville.

We will Offer You a FREE Consultation so we can find out more about your Problem and you can learn about our advanced back pain relief treatments like Spinal Disc Decompression and K-Laser Therapy.

Stop Suffering and Get Relief From Back Pain Today.

Naperville Chiropractor Offers a Natural Approach to Back Pain Relief!

The Chiropractors at Synergy Institute in Naperville and Aurora have a unique approach to back pain relief.  First of all, these clinics provide a team approach to care where each patient has an opportunity to work with different specialties such as Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists, and Massage Therapists.  The professionals here also work together on cases  with local pain doctors, orthopedics, and neurologists.

In addition to being very teamwork oriented, our staff provide natural alternative methods to get to the cause of back pain and accelerate healing.  We offer many cutting edge treatments like K Laser, Spinal Disc Decompression, Endermotherapy, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, Rebuilder, and many more.  Because we offer so many dfferent things, we are able to match each patient up with exactly the treatments they need rather than giving every patient the same treatment plan.

If you are suffering from back pain or any other pain for that matter and truly want to get better, then you should give the Synergy Institute a try.  Our Professional Staff will be happy to listen to your problem and let you know if we can help.  Give one of our three convenient offices a call today!