Herniated Disc Treatment in Naperville

Treatments For Herniated Discs Naperville

Stop Suffering From Herniated Disc Pain

Are you Suffering with Pain From a Herniated Disc or Discs?  Pain From a Herniated Disc Can be excruciating an prevent you from walking, standing or even resting comfortably.  Matter of Fact, it can be down right debilitating.  Many Herniated Disc Suffers can’t even drive themselves anywhere.

Spinal Decompression is a Non Surgical Treatment for Herniated Discs.

If this sounds like you or someone you know,  then you need to consider Spinal Decompression.  Spinal Decompression is a proven non surgical alternative for surgery and more invasive procedures.  It actually targets the cause of a herniated disc not just cover it up.

Reduce The Pressure on The Disc & Nerves

Herniated Discs can be the result of an acute injury or they can be the product of degenerative disc disease.  Either way the disc is injured and the compression is causing the disc to bulge and causes material in the disc to push out into the spinal canal and pinch nerves.  This is what causes the pain.

Spinal Decompression is a gentle treatment that helps to stretch and open up this disc space allowing less pressure on the disc.  With less pressure on the disc the disc can begin to heal and not put so much pressure on the nerves.  Less pressure on nerves means less pain!

Relief as Soon as First Spinal Decompression Session

Many disc problem suffers feel some relief even after the first session.  It can be slight but for how sever the pain is for a dic problem this can be significant.  Spinal Decompression is a process initially 3-5 sessions per week are recommended depending on the severity of the case.

Advanced Therapies for Herniated Discs

We also offer some adjustive therapies like K Laser, Acupuncture, Muscle Stim, to help relax muscle spasm, prevent soreness, and reduce pain and inflammation.  Our Disc Herniation Protocol has helped many patients prevent more invasive procedures and surgeries.

Read More about Spinal Decompression and out Treatment for Herniated Discs in Naperville!

Call Our Naperville Herniated Disc Treatment Center today at 630-355-8022 to learn more or schedule a consultation!

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Aurora & Naperville Auto Injury Recovery

Recover From an Auto Accident Injury Quickly at Napervlle & Aurora Auto Injury Clinics!

Have you been injured in a car accident and are looking for pain relief or are concerned you may have sustained injuries?  If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident and want to recover fully then you need to learn about the recovery process and seek out an auto injury treatment center in Naperville and Aurora.

The injuries sustained in a car accident are much different that other injuries and pain.  It is important that the doctors and therapists you choose are well trained in treating whiplash and car accidents.  The right treatment center and right doctors can mean the difference between suffering needlessly or making a full recovery.  Another important factor is getting help right away.  The sooner you get in for care, the s0oner your body can start healing correctly.  Putting off care will only delay your relief and can potentially result in permanent pain and suffering.

Who want to suffer forever from Neck Pain, Headaches, Muscle Spasm, Back Pain, Wrist Pain, and numbness?

Watch this video to learn more about How Auto Injury is different and how that impacts your recovery.

As you can see the  injuries sustained in a car accident are specific and are much different than regular every day injuries.  The correct treatment must be recommended for recovery.

At Synergy Institute, our trusted staff have been taking car of auto accident patients and helping them to recover fully.  We will take the time to listen to you and examine you thoroughly so we can pinpoint the exact cause of your pain.  We offer advanced, state of the art technology to help you heal as quickly as possible.  Our unique integrative approach allows our patients to receive  chiropractic care, acupuncture, physical therapy, and therapeutic massage all under one roof.  Our clinic also offers spinal decompression and K laser therapy which help tremendously with most auto injuries.

Call Us today for a FREE Consultation at one of our three convenient locations.

Auto Injury Naperville / Bolingbrook / Plainfield 630-355-8022

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Back Pain Clinic in Aurora and Naperville Has Natural Treatments Than Can Help Prevent Back Surgery!

Many Back Pain Sufferers are concerned that their Back Pain may not get better and that they may have to have back surgery to get relief.   Most of these patients have not been made aware of other more natural options that can help reduce back pain.

The Synergy Institute located in Naperville and Aurora has been helping people recover from back injuries like disc herniations,  disc  bulges,  disc degeneration, facet syndrome, muscle spasm, and chronic low back stiffness since 2000.  The Synergy Institute combines a variety of Natural Treatments that can target some of the most common causes of back problems including Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, and Therapeutic Massage.  They Synergy Institute also had advanced Treatments like K Laser Therapy and Spinal Decompression to enhance treatment and help patients achieve Back Pain Relief.

Give Chiropractic Care and other natural methods a Try First.    There are too many unnecessary back surgeries performed.  Watch this video to see these statistics.

Consider your options before jumping in to surgery.  Try natural treatments first and always get a second and third opinion.

We are here to help you at Synergy Institute.  Call us today to set up an appointment for a free consultation.  We have three convenient locations.

Naperville / Plainfield  630-922-5790

Naperville / Bolingbrook  630-355-8022

Aurora/ Oswego 630-236-4876

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New Treatment for TMJ & Jaw Pain Available in Naperville & Aurora!

If you suffer from TMJ, jaw, or facial Pain you may be a candidate for a new treatment offered at the Synergy Institute called the K Laser.  This new breakthrough treatment is helping TMJ sufferers get relief naturally and is a great complement to any TMJ treatment protocol.  The treatment is safe, effective, and not painful at all.

What exactly is the K Laser?

The K Laser is a class IV therapeutic laser that uses light energy to excite the cells.  When the cells absorb the photons, a positive cellular response occurs.  As a result the cells begin to produce and increase in cellular energy and increase enzyme and collagen substances which are necessary for the healing process!  This laser is not a surgical laser or thermal laser and does not damage the tissue.

What Does The K Laser do?

  • Improves and Promotes healing
  • Faster recovery Time
  • Increases joint Flexibility
  • Relieves joint pain and Reduces Spasm
  • Reduces inflammation

The K Laser has helped our patients suffering from other conditions as well.  The K Laser has been effective with neck pain, back pain, knee pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel trigger points, and much more.  The K Laser is even used by veterinarians and professional sports teams!

Typically the K Laser is combined with some of our other treatments in our clinic such as Active Release Technique (ART), Trigger point work, manual therapy , chiropractic care, and physical therapy.  We have found the laser is a great complement to these TMJ treatments and helps to accelerate the healing process.

How Can I Try The K Laser?

If you are interested in adding the K Laser to your current TMJ treatment program or are interested in trying something different, then give the Synergy Institute a call today.  We have three locations that offer K Laser, two in Naperville and one in Aurora, and have been using this treatment since 2009.  We are one of the only clinics around that have this technology available and have clients that drive quite a distance because they really like the results.

The K Laser is affordable and in some cases is covered by insurance.  Call one of our locations today to meet with one of our experienced doctors or therapists and check out the K Laser for yourself.  Almost anyone is able to receive K Laser therapy.  STOP Suffering from TMJ!

Naperville / Bolingbrook  630-355-8022

Naperville / Plainfield   630-922-5790

Aurora / Oswego        630-236-4876

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Naperville & Aurora Work Injury

Naperville & Aurora Work Injury Clinics Can Help You!

The Synergy Institute located in Naperville and Aurora has been helping people injured at work recover quickly and naturally from their injuries.  The Synergy Institute is an Integrative Pain Relief and Wellness clinic that combines Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Therapeutic massage  along with the most advanced pain relief technology.   This state of the art clinic system has been helping work injury and workman’s compensation victims get the care they need and get them back to work in many cases.

The reason Synergy Institute has been so successful in helping work injury patients recover is their natural, common sense approach to injuries.  They also take the time to get to the bottom of what is causing the pain and injury and get it corrected.  In many cases medications, advanced pain procedures and even surgery can be prevented.  This leads to better outcomes for a lot less money than the traditional medical approach to work injuries.

In recent analysis of work comp injuries, it has been concluded that alternative care such as Chiropractic Care can get employees back to work faster and for a lot less money.  This definitely help improve the quality of life to the person injured at work.

Here are some interesting statistics presented in an article in Dynamic Chiropractic

Worker’s Comp Costs Call for Chiropractic

By Anthony Rosner, PhD, LLD [Hon.], LLC

In light of the Supreme Court’s deliberation of the strengths and drawbacks of the Obama health care plan designed to rescue an ailing American health care system, one fact remains indisputable: Health care costs as administered by conventional medicine are continuing to spiral out of control with few signs of abating. (And here we thought that the smart money was in real estate, a fact rued by all those whose financial situation has been hammered by falling real estate values over the past several years.) First, consider just the most recent of a cornucopia of studies addressing the worker’s compensation systems. Out of the California worker’s comp system come the facts that:1

  • The share of drugs devoted to narcotics used to treat workplace injuries jumped 63 percent from 2001-2008, while payments for the narcotic painkiller share of all prescriptions doubled to 30 percent in just the two-year period from 2008-2010.
  • A 2008 study of claims shows that the use of such narcotics in medical care drives the cost of a workplace injury nine times higher.

At the same time, Accident Fund Holdings, in its review of claims, found that the cost of a typical workplace injury (medical payments plus lost-wage payments) was $13,000:1

  • When a short-term painkiller like Percocet was prescribed, the cost tripled to $39,000.
  • If a strong, long-term acting opioid like OxyContin was prescribed, the cost rose ninefold to $117,000.

Besides avoiding the prospect of being doped out on opioids and thus being less than fully functional to society, it doesn’t take a particle physicist to imagine what would happen if preventive measures and/or alternative treatments, such as chiropractic, were implemented instead. Let’s begin with an onsite industrial chiropractic demonstration project reported by Cooper a few years ago:

At a large meat-processing plant in Manitoba, a program was implemented that included the early detection, treatment and occupational management of musculoskeletal injuries two days per week. In addition, the program included advice on ergonomic issues, job rotation, modified duties and return to work, stretching programs, and back school.

Comparing data previous to the implementation from April 2003 – March 2005 to that obtained after the program was initiated (April 2005 – December 2006), the following was observed:2

  • Total days of lost time decreased from 235.6 days/month to 134.6 days/month.
  • From the worker’s compensation board data, the average cost per claim declined from $1,174 in 2003 and $797 in 2004 to $481 in 2005 and $677 in 2006. As a result, rate premiums declined from 5.35 percent in 2004 and 5.25 percent in 2005 to 4.17 percent in 2006 and 3.13 percent in 2007.
  • The number of surgeries decreased, resulting in the savings of over $900,000 in the first 21 months of this program.

As we go down the list of comparisons of chiropractic versus medical costs in worker’s compensation distributions across the nation, we find similar data supporting the utility of chiropractic care:

Florida: Of 10,652 back-related injuries occurring while on the job, those who received chiropractic care compared to medical incurred 1) a 51.3 percent shorter total disability duration; 2) lower treatment costs by 58.8 percent ($558 versus $1,100 per case); and 3) lower hospitalization rates (20.3 percent vs. 52.2 percent).3

More recent data indicated that total costs per claim for chiropractic care were $7,505 for chiropractors and $16,558 for nonchiropractors; the average number of days to maximum medical improvement was 160.6 for chiropractic care and 219.2 days for non-chiropractic care; and the average number of days to return to work was 76.6 for chiropractic care and 130.4 for non-chiropractic care.4

North Carolina: The N.C. Industrial Commission reported that the average cost among 96,627 claims was $663 for chiropractic care, compared to $3,519 for medical care.5

Texas: Chiropractors treated about 30 percent of all workers with lower back injuries, but accounted for just 9.1 percent of the total costs and 17.5 percent of the medical costs. The average claim per cost was $15,884, which decreased to $12,202 when workers with lower back injuries received at least 75 percent of their care from a chiropractor. It fell to $7,632 when such workers received at least 90 percent of their care from a chiropractor.6

Utah: In an older study, total treatment costs for back-related injuries were $775.30 for chiropractic care, but $1,665.43 for medical care.7

New Jersey: Average medical payments per visit over a 12-month period for chiropractors were 36 percent (about a third) of those paid to other health care practitioners engaged in physical medicine. The average cost per claim over a 12-month period for patients with disabilities exceeding seven days for chiropractors was 23 percent (about a quarter) of the value paid out to medical physicians (For physical therapists and osteopaths, by comparison, it was 47 percent [about half] of the value paid out to medical physicians.). This means that the average cost per claim over a 12-month period for patients with disabilities exceeding seven days for chiropractors was 50 percent (half) the value paid out to physical therapists or osteopaths.8

This is merely a sampling of worker’s compensation studies, probably merely the tip of the iceberg as in indication as to what cost savings could be achieved with chiropractic care. Particularly worrisome is the cost of pharmaceuticals, having been recently identified as the chief driver (188 percent increase, from $7.3 billion to $19.8 billion) of the 65 percent spike in spine care costs in the U.S. from 1997-2005.9

Under these circumstances, one wonders whether unlimited access to pharmaceuticals in the treatment of back pain without exploring more conservative alternatives will ever solve the cost crisis in American health care. Or in other words, to paraphrase a popular quotation from Doug Larson, rather than award pharmaceuticals the figurative keys to the city, it might be preferable to consider changing the locks.

Chiropractic Care and other more natural types of care like Physical Therapy and Acupuncture can help improve the outcomes of workman’s comp injuries.  It is about time more employers start using these forms of care.  They would save themselves money, give their employees a higher level of care as well as prevent a lot of unnecessary surgery and medications.

They Synergy Institute is dedicated to helping Injured workers get better naturally and quickly.  Patients injured at work deserve this kind of care!

Our clinics have helped many different work injury conditions like neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel, herniated discs, knee pain, shoulder pain, and many more.  Call us today if you have been injured at work and want to find our more about effective, natural treatments.

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A Naperville and Aurora Chiropractor Can Help You!

A Naperville and Aurora Chiropractor Can Help You!

Chiropractic Care moved into the national spotlight last month when Dr Phil did a special featuring Dr Fabrizio Mancini, DC.  Dr Mancini is the president of Parker College of Chiropractic and author of a new book about natural healing.

During the special, Dr Mancini discussed Chiropractic and it’s place in wellness care and healing naturally.  Dr Phil even revealed that he has been under Chiropractic Care for ten years and continues regular chiropractic check ups as part of his wellness plan.

Chiropractic Care is more than just back and neck pain care, it is also a way to keep your body functioning at its best so you can stay healthy.  Many of my patients think of Chiropractic Care only as a way to reduce pain and when their pain goes away they don’t think they need any more care.  In some cases, these patients will eventually return because the same daily stressors are present and in time will cause the same problem to return or perhaps a new problem will result.   Think of the thinks your body is subject to every day.

Ask your self these questions…

  • Do you have a poor diet?
  • Do you drink enough water?
  • Do you smoke or ingest other toxic substances?
  • Do you exercise regularly and properly?
  • Do you stretch daily?
  • Do you lift incorrectly or have repetitive stress?

The list goes on and on!  All of these daily stresses can affect your muscles and spinal alignment.  If you don’t have regular check ups, the spine can become overwhelmed and not function the way it was designed to work.  When the spine becomes misaligned and doesn’t  move efficiently, it can begin to put pressure on the nerves which can result in interference in the nervous system.

The body depends of the correct messages from the nervous system, that is why it is so critical to keep your spine healthy and functioning efficiently.  Chiropractic care and a healthy lifestyle can help you feel better and stay active.

Watch The Episode Hear to Find Out Why you need to find a family chiropractor Today!

Dr Phil recommends that you find a local Chiropractor that can help you and your family get and stay well.  The Synergy Institute is here to help you.  We combine Chiropractic Care with advanced pain relief treatments to help people heal from all kinds of conditions like, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, tmj, and much more.

Not only are we trained to work with many different conditions, but our professional chiropractors also have experience with family wellness care.

Call one of our locations today to set up an appointment:

Naperville / Bolingbrook Chiropractor                          630-355-8022

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Neck Pillow Can Help Reduce Neck Pain

How Does Your Pillow Stack Up?

I am always asked by patients, “What pillow do you recommend?” or “What is the Best Pillow that can help me wake up without a stiff neck?”

Sleep is by far one of the most important things for health and well being!  However if the spine is not supported properly during the large amounts of time spent sleeping in a bed, neck and back pain can result.

I find that most of my patients are not supporting their spines during sleep.  They are either propping their heads up with too many pillows when sleeping on their backs or are not giving themselves enough support when sleeping on their sides.  The reason for this is that most “regular” pillows just don’t cut it.

It is recommended that you either sleep on your back or on your side.  Stomach sleeping isn’t really recommended due to the neck rotating too much.  Sleeping on your stomach frequently can increase your chances of having neck pain and neck problems.

There are many different neck pillows on the market.  All have claims about how wonderful they are and how you will achieve blissful sleep if you purchase them.  The most important thig to consider when selecting a pillow is if it can support proper spinal alignment when sleeping on your side and on your back.  There is only one pillow that I have found that is able to do both and is comfortable.

Proper Spinal Alignment when sleeping on back

Proper Spinal Alignment When Sleeping on Your Back.

My pillow of choice is the Therapeutica Pillow.  I have been personally sleeping on this brand of pillow since 1998.  The pillow doesn’t look like your average cervical pillow, because it is designed to accommodate both side sleeping and back sleeping.  You can see in the picture that is has two larger blocks on either end with an area in the middle that is cut out so the neck can be properly supported when lying on the back.  The ends are larger to support the spine when in a side lying position.  When sleeping on your side it is important to have a pillow that is as big as the distance from your shoulder to your neck.  We measure this distance to match you up with the correct size.

Proper Spinal Alignment When Sleeping on Your Side

Proper Spinal Alignment When Sleeping on Your Side.

I recommend you check your current pillow to see if it supports your spinal alignment as shown in the pictures.  Most people are propping themselves up with multiple pillows or bending a pillow in half to try to get comfortable.  If you are not sure if your pillow is doing the job and want to get our opinion, we are happy to help.  Bring your pillow in and we will put it to the test.

If you have any more questions please give one of our Three Synergy Institute Locations and we can help get you sleeping better.  Stop wrestling with your pillow every night and let us help you get some rest!

If you are suffering from neck pain it may also be a good idea to get a check up to see if there isn’t something more going on that would need to be addressed.  Proper spinal support during sleep is a great start but is never a substitute for proper care.  Find out more about our Natural Treatments for Neck Pain available at our Naperville and Aurora Pain Relief Clinics. We offer many different treatments that can help relieve neck pain and headaches.

Naperville / Bolingbrook                   630-355-8022

Naperville / Plainfield                        630-922-5790

Aurora / Montgomery / Oswego     630-236-4876

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Is Better Coverage for Chiropractic Care on the way?Lately all we hear about is how tough it is to get the insurance companies to cover Chiropractic Care, but there is a glimmer of home for Chiropractors and Alternative Medicine Practitioners with some big changes that happened in the state of Oregon. Hopefully this new trend will spread like wildfire across the country so patients can get the Chiropractic care they need to feel better and function better!

traditionally Medicare and Medicaid have not bee friendly to Chiropractors.  They not only reimburse less but they don’t pay for basic Chiropractic services such as x-rays and therapeutic services if performed by a chiropractor.  They only cover an adjustment.  Don’t get me wrong I am happy that they cover the adjustment, but why not x-rays and therapies?  They cover these services if they are performed by a different type of provider.  This is not fair and patients are sometimes not able to receive the care they need due to the restrictive nature of their policy.

Oregon has really made a first huge step toward leveling the playing field for Chiropractors by passing legislation that prevents this provider class discrimination.

Read the original article by Verne Saboe, DC here

Is Oregon’s New Health Care System a Model for the Nation?

By Vern Saboe, DC, DACAN, DABFP, FACO; Lobbyist, Oregon Chiropractic Association

Known as the “Health System Transformation Bill,” Oregon House Bill 3650 passed last year during the 2011 legislative session, creating a new health-care delivery system for Medicaid and Medicare patients.

Recently passed Senate Bill 1580 is a continuation and further refinement of that system. Governor John Kitzhaber, MD, staying true to his word, supported complementary and alternative medical providers, inserting our nondiscrimination language within his Health System Transformation Bill, Senate Bill 1580. Here is that language, representing two years of diligence;

“SECTION 4. (1) A fully capitated health plan, physician care organization or coordinated care organization may not discriminate with respect to participation in the plan or organization or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of the provider’s license or certification under applicable state law. This section does not require that a plan or organization contract with any health care provider willing to abide by the terms and conditions for participation established by the plan or organization. This section does not prevent a plan or organization from establishing varying reimbursement rates based on quality or performance measures.

“(2) A plan or organization may establish an internal review process for a provider aggrieved under this section, including an alternative dispute resolution or peer review process. An aggrieved provider may appeal the determination of the internal review to the Oregon Health Authority.

Oregon alternative and complementary medical providers look on as Gov. John Kitzhaber, MD, signs critical non-discrimination language into law via SB-1580 and SB-1509 on March 29, 2012. Dr. Vern Saboe, lobbyist for the Oregon Chiropractic Association (OCA), who spearheaded the provider coalition, is standing to the left of the governor. Next to Dr. Saboe is Dr. Ron Grice, legislative committee chair for the OCA. “(3) The authority shall adopt by rule a process for resolving claims of discrimination under this section and, in making a determination of whether there has been discrimination, must consider the plan’s or organization’s: (a) Network adequacy; (b) Provider types and qualifications; (C) Provider disciplines; and (d) Provider reimbursement rates.

“(4) A prevailing party in an appeal under this section shall be awarded the costs of the appeal.”

We strategically formed a coalition of non-MD health-care providers to network and lobby for nondiscrimination within our new health care system. Our coalition consists of chiropractic and naturopathic physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, optometrists, licensed acupuncturists, and licensed massage therapists. Our starting template was Section 2706 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a section the American Chiropractic Association and its federal coalition of non-MD providers successfully hammered through Congress. What we accomplished in Oregon could never have been if it were not for the foundational, if not heroic work of the ACA.

Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), Oregon’s version of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) found in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), are central to our new health-care delivery system. CCOs will be local health entities that deliver care to a defined population of covered individuals and will be accountable for health outcomes of the population they serve.

Via federal waivers, Oregon will move from a fee-for-service model to a global budget that grows at a fixed rate for mental, physical, and ultimately dental care for Medicaid and Medicare patients. The patient-centered medical home model is principal to the delivery of care within the CCO as an integrated team approach and will offer flexibility within the budget to deliver defined outcomes. CCOs will be governed by a partnership among health care providers, community members, and stakeholders in the health systems that take financial responsibility and risk.

In summary, Oregon’s new health-care delivery system presents a unique opportunity for the chiropractic profession in regards to the treatment of Medicaid and Medicare patients; and if the model works, it will also be applied to state employees and school districts. We are moving away from fee for service to a global budget administered by the coming CCOs, which may not discriminate against chiropractic physicians’ participation or reimbursement.

For example value-based services under Oregon’s essential benefit package will require no out-of-pocket cost to the consumer and will likely include two diagnostic visits per year, well-person visits, and basic office diagnostics, all of which fall within our scope of practice here in Oregon. As a consequence, when providing services to the Medicaid and Medicare populations, chiropractors will be paid for their consultations, X-rays, physical examinations and basic bloodwork.

With the new plan underway, we remain hopeful and excited. What we have created will go a long way in achieving a level playing field for our chiropractic colleagues and may serve as a model for the entire nation when it comes to equality in health care.

We are hopefully that this will spread to the great state of Illinois so we can have more comprehensive Chiropractic coverage for our aging population who desperately need the care.  Chiropractic Care improves the quality of care dramatically for this population.  Not only does it help reduce pain but it helps patients move better and have better balance.  Chiropractic Care should not be looked at as a luxury service but a very important part of a regular healthcare routine.  This type of care has even been shown to reduce healthcare costs by reducing the need for expensive medications and surgeries.

Hopefully we see some similar changes soon in our local Illinois healthcare market!

If you are interested in leaning more about how Chiropractic care can help you live better then contact the Synergy Institute, we have three convenient locations in Naperville and Aurora.  Our Professional Naperville and Aurora chiropractors can help you today!

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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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Get Relief From Headaches Naturally!

There is nothing worse than a splitting headache.  Life can really be difficult, almost impossible at times if you suffer from headaches on a regular basis.  The aching and throbbing make it tough to do anything, not to mention the tight muscles and neck pain that can be associated with a headache.  Life is so much better without a headache.

Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, and there are many different types and causes.  The good news is that for most common headaches, there are some amazing treatments that are all natural and can give you relief without taking medications or having to undergo risky procedures.

I have put together the top 5 natural headache relieving treatments available at Synergy Institute.  These treatments all address the various causes and symptoms of most headaches including sinus headaches, tension headaches, and migraine headaches.

Here are my top 5 Recommended Natural Treatments for Headache Relief.

  1. Chiropractic Care: This is usually where I recommend people start in the quest for headache relief.  A Chiropractor can listen to your symptoms and examine you to see if any of your spinal bones may be out of alignment causing mechanical pressure in the head and neck.  Any spinal misalignment can nerve irritation and tight muscles.   An x-ray is also a valuable part of the examination that allows the Chiropractor to see the exact position of the spinal bines and if there is anything out of alignment.  Chiropractic has been my number one tool in headache relief!
  2. Acupuncture:  Acupuncture has also been very successful with headache relief.  After a consultation and evaluation the acupuncturist then determines a course of action based upon what seems to be out of balance.  The treatment consists of the insertion of very tiny needles into very specific points that allow the body’s energy to move back to normal.  Acupuncture does not hurt and patients usually become more relaxed than ever during treatment.
  3. Diet – Nutrition-Food Sensitivity:  This is a pretty big subject area to cover, but I do want to mention it because it is a very important and even some simple dietary changes can make a huge impact on headache relief.  I will just bring up a few key points to consider.  It is important to identify if the patient is eating foods on a regular basis that they may be causing irritation.  Identifying those offender and removing them for a treatment period can be very effective.  In addition to removing foods that cause sensitivities, it is also important to remove harmful foods like sugars, soda, refined foods, processed foods, tobacco, and chemicals etc. that are being consumed.  Headaches can result when the body becomes toxic or poisoned from these substances.  The next thing to address is eating a balanced diet with lots of vegetables and adequate protein and making sure basic supplements like a high quality multivitamin and fish oil are part of that regimen.  DON’T underestimate the power of the food that you put in your body.
  4. K Laser Therapy:  K Laser Therapy is a new laser treatment that we have been using for many different conditions like joint pain, tight muscles, arthritis, swelling, tendonitis, and bursitis.  It is a class IV laser therapy that reduces inflammation and pain.  It also helps to relax the muscles and quickly break up trigger points in the treated area.  We use a specific headache relief protocol on the head and neck and even have an additional protocol for sinus headache  This treatment is even popular in veterinary medicine to help animals get relief.
  5. Spinal Decompression:  Spinal Decompression has been helpful to patients that have headaches as a result of degenerative disc disease and other disc problems such as herniations and bulges.  The treatment gently and comfortably stretches the spine to remove the compressive force that causes the pinching of the spinal nerves.  After a series of treatments the discs become more hydrated the spaces between the bones increases.  Most of our clients tolerate decompression well and love the increased range of motion they have afterward.

Of course there are many more options for natural headache relief, but these just happen to be my favorite and most common secret weapons in the war against headaches and are always a great place to start.  Each patient is different and we make sure that we are matching up the right treatments for their exact needs.  We only recommend the specific treatments that can be helpful for the individual.

If you suffer from headaches and would like to find out if any of these natural treatment can help sign up for our Pain Relief Special and then call one of our three convenient locations to schedule your appointment.

If you know someone suffering from headaches, please share this article with them so they may have the benefit of natural headache relief!

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