The Role of Insurance Coverage in the Groton Back Surgery or Non-Surgical Care Choice

“Back surgery is one of the most overused types of surgery as well as the most common ailment that sends patients to doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists,” reports Crain’s Detroit Business magazine’s article called Health Insurers Look for Ways to Cut Costs with Back Surgery. What a way to begin an article! It continues:

  • $90 billion on low back pain alone a year
  • 1.2 million spinal surgeries a year
  • $60,000 to $110,000 per lumbar fusion surgery (the fastest-growing type of surgery in the past decade)

The back surgery failure rate, the so-called “failed back syndrome” or the more “politically correct” term “post-surgical continued pain syndrome,” is as high as 50%. (1) With healthcare spending in the US over $3.5 trillion - $10,739 a person – it’s no wonder that insurers seek another way to cut costs, particularly when one-third of the money goes to hospital care of chronic illnesses. (2) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is well-trained and knowledgeable in offering non-hospital-based care to help Groton back pain – chronic and acute – patients get relief of and handle their back pain – and post-surgical continued back pain - without surgery.


Low back pain is the foremost cause of years lived with disability globally. Today, guidelines for low back pain relief care discourage pain medications, steroid injections and spine surgery and encourage physical therapy and psychological therapy. Healthcare systems tend to struggle with these novel approaches. Why? Pharmaceutical companies’ financial interests, old payment systems that favor medical care, outdated traditions, and legal, personal, political, and societal beliefs of us all. These notions are shared in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, believe it or not. (3) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office reads this with interest.


In light of these facts, it’s not hard to believe that some back pain sufferers will choose back surgery over non-surgical care of their back pain. “Patients go where insurance pays, even if it is surgery.” In one study, back pain sufferers chose to see a primary care physician (PCP) or physical therapist (PT) or chiropractor first because of their health plan type, co-payment, and deductible. Changing these things to make them more valuable/less expensive/less restrictive as to provider type could encourage low back pain sufferers to choose non-hospital, conservative treatment instead of back surgery. (4) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office likes this! Less than 1% of back pain sufferers must have back surgery. (5) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is ready to assist the rest of the Groton back pain sufferers manage their back pain and rework their lifestyles to be with the spine they have and cope with its episodes of pain and relief.


Groton back pain sufferers are not alone if their back pain comes back. It happens. It’s controllable. It is manageable. Some data first: Within a year of recovery, 69% of patients had another episode of back pain of some sort. Awkward postures, long sitting times, and more than 2 prior back pain experiences spark the risk of back pain recurrence. (6) It is ok though. Really! Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office helps Groton back pain patients navigate these recurrences and deal with them so they do not limit anyone’s enjoyment of life.  We have a treatment plan!

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Listen to Dr. Kimble Cater on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson discuss how he helped an expectant mother with her repeated episodes of back pain. Whether you are pregnant or not, Groton chiropractic care at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office can help you cope with repeated episodes of back pain, too.

Schedule a Groton chiropractic appointment at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office for back pain relief. Our care is not overused!  The gentle, effective, evidence-based system of Cox® Technic seeks 50% relief within 4-6 weeks of care and often delivers 70%, 80%, 90% and greater for many of our patients at less cost – in terms of finances and lifestyle – than back surgery.

Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office notes that back pain sufferers may choose their back pain treatment option based on insurance coverage. If insurance pays for back surgery, will you choose that?  
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