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Page 12 The Ogden Valley News Volume I, Issue IX June 1999 Letters to the Editor Patients Benefit From Referrals By Dr. Lewis D. Harper YCC Says Thank You Your Community Connection (YCC) is grateful for the collective efforts of Gaye Hogge, Bahama Bronze; Sylvia Hohosh, R. Goldworks Fine Jewelry; and Sheila Jones, Jones & Company Salon for sponsoring Ogden’s Spring Fashion Show. Because of their expertise and dedicated efforts, the show was a success and provided a generous $800 gift to YCC’s Women’s Crisis Center. We appreciate everyone who organized, participated in and attended the fun-filled fashion show. Your action has made a difference in the lives of women and children a who are victims of domestic violence. Together we will all work toward a world without violence Low back pain is one of the most significant problems affecting health care costs and worker productivity. According to a study by RAND, a respected non-profit corporation specializing in medical research, the cost of treating back pain in the United States alone is about $8 billion annually. All the current research confirms that the costs associated with chiropractic management of low back pain is far less than with medical management (in some cases as much as ten times less). According to a recent article in the Washington Post, more and more physicians are now referring patients with spinal problems to Chiropractors. Dr. David H. Baras, a practicing physiatrist and Medical Director of MedRehab, Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently conducted a seminar for medical doctors, chiropractors, and osteopaths in order to promote cooperation between the different professions within the health care field. “There was a lack of understanding among many of the medical doctors and osteopaths about the educational background of chiropractors,” Dr. Baras said. “Once they understood how qualified chiropractors are, the MD’s became more receptive to understanding the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments. Many of the MD’s who were initially skeptical at the conference went away ready to refer their own patients to chiropractors.” In addition to the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic, research has proven again and again that chiropractic is safer and much more effective on low back pain and musculoskeletal problems that traditional medicine. Fewer than 1% of patients with back pain have the kind of serious physical problems, which make them candidates for surgery, noted Oakland orthopedic surgeon Peter Slabaugh. “The average medical student,” he claimed, “gets hardly any education in back pain and musculoskeletal problems. The average physician would like the patient with back pain to get out of his office.” According to the Washington Post article, experts in the field of conventional medicine agree that conventional medical treatment for common back pain is often unsatisfying. “Traction is ineffective; bed rest is counterproductive,” says Daniel C. Cherkin, an epidemiologist who has conducted studies of back pain for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle. “There is probably more evidence for spinal manipulation than any other treatment being used for low back pain.” In another recent study, Cherkin noted that many family doctors expressed frustration over patients who came in with back pain. The patients wanted them to fix something they didn’t have the tools or experience to fix. “The chiropractors,” he concluded, “were confident, comfortable and felt they could make a big difference. Those attitudes and beliefs were very much mirrored in the patients.” One of the reasons some physicians are still somewhat skeptical about the benefits of chiropractic may be because many patients fail to tell their physicians when they see a chiropractor. Patients should no longer be reluctant to inform their physicians of their decision to see a chiropractor, since the evidence for the validity and effectiveness of chiropractic is now clearly established. Those patients who were referred to a chiropractor by their physicians should thank them and express how much they have benefited from the referral. Everyone involved needs to understand that cooperation between the different health professions will benefit the one person responsible for creating and maintaining the entire health care industry: the patient! The New Eden Park Bowery! The bowery is nearing completion and will soon be available for community use. The official debut will be the 4th of July breakfast - Mon. July 5th at 9:00 a.m. Special thanks and appreciation to: Lynn Peterson; general contractor on the project Mike Gillespie; concrete, framing and roof Tom Summers; excavation, septic system, and water hookup Brett Lewis; electrical Travis Poulsen; landscaping, sprinkler system Mark Watt; trusses Marty Porter; exterior rock work Rod Anderson; interior finishes Mike Burrows; gas, hood, and duct work Bob Bachman; cabinets Brent Carver; drywall Troy Flinders; plumbing Stuart Murray and Brent Carver; insulation Bill Christensen; appliance consultant Bob Bachman and Brent Carver; the gallant rescuers of the Galleon’s hood Flint Guthrie; mowing, maintenance, and watering Eden Park bowery fees: Eden residents - no fee Outside resident - $50.00 per bowery side Refundable cleaningand security deposit charged to all - $50.00 Kitchen use - $25.00 Eden Park bowery policy: *Bowery closes at 10:30 p.m. *Keys to bathrooms are available upon request from the reservant *Pre- reservation period for Eden residents only - Jan. through Mar. *No private business or commerce may be conducted at the bowery.