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SPEAK UP ABOUT ALTERNATIVE CARE

Good communication is essential between patients and their medical providers. In fact, it can slow down or block the progress of treatment if patients don’t communicate well with the people who are treating them. That’s why it’s disturbing to read of a new study released by Kaiser Permanente Northwest, a group model health maintenance organization based in Portland, Ore., that found a third of acupuncture users and 42 percent of chiropractic users in the study did not tell their regular doctors about the care. This adds up to a lot of patients, since the study also found that of the 6,068 chronic pain patients who responded to a questionnaire, 47 percent reported using chiropractic care, 32 percent said they used acupuncture, and 21 percent used both. Only 42 percent said they used neither acupuncture nor chiropractic.

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This study shows that a lot of patients are turning to alternative therapies, such as those offered by a Warrington PA chiropractor to deal with their chronic pain, but the bad news is many of them are not telling their primary doctors about it. For medical care to work effectively, patients need to keep all the members of their treatment team in the loop. It’s the best way to coordinate care and make sure nothing is missed. Another reason for speaking up about alternative therapies like chiropractic is that doctors can sometimes offer advice about submitting these procedures for insurance payment. Insurance companies are more willing to pay for alternative treatments from a Warrington chiropractor these days, but many patients don’t know that, and pay the full cost of care themselves.

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The lesson is, speak up! Let your primary care doctor know if you’re seeing a Warrington chiropractor.

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