Insurance companies tend to classify proactive treatment as “excessive care” and deny claims, opting instead for traditional drug treatments and medications. “It’s a lot less expensive to medicate somebody than [it is] to proactively treat them,” Craig Ashton from the Law Firm of Ashton & Price explains.
One of the most common complaints in personal injury cases is back pain, one of many ailments that can be treated by the proactive treatments that many insurance providers classify as “excessive”. The American College of Physicians (ACP) recommends proactive treatment at the first sign of back pain, such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage and heat wraps. The ACP also recommends alternative treatments such as Thai Chi and yoga for long-term pain management. These types of treatment may be difficult to cover under medical insurance, however. In contrast, drug treatments and medications are relatively much easier to cover, due to it being much more cost-effective for insurance companies to cover.
Medications can alleviate pain caused by personal injury, but they may only mask symptoms, making it seem like there is no pain problem, or the problem has gone away.
Not having symptoms to show can prove detrimental to a personal injury case, and pain may continue long after a case is closed. By contrast, proactive treatments have yielded positive outcomes.
“Proactive treatments work,” Edward Schade confirms. “We’ve had many clients that have come back and have gotten significantly better from chiropractic adjustments.”
Based on recent depositions by Ashton & Price, medical experts admit that chiropractic or physical therapy treatment is more preferable, acknowledging that drugs are a defective form of treatment for pain. Drug treatments can also be dangerous, causing addiction to opioids and leading to other forms of addiction while only masking the pain, not healing it.
“What you don’t want to do is mask your pain, especially in a personal injury case,” Ashton warns, “because you have to be able to articulate your pain and suffering.”
For more information on the ACP guidelines, visit The Annals of Internal Medicine.
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