Have you told your back lately how much you love it? You should. The back is an amazing piece of equipment.And I do mean equipment. Your back enables you to stand, sit and lift. Bend over. Bend sideways. Human beings have been walking upright for about 4 million years. Medicare Advantage plans to help with treatment for low back pain were not around 4 million years ago. Why do you think humans needed to stand upright? Experts now think it was to be able to use the hands for something like carrying simple tools of sticks and stones and water. We gave up a lot to stand tall. No more outrunning a lion or having grasping feet for climbing trees.

Even though Medicare Advantage plans pay for surgery, hospitalization and physical therapy for low back pain most experts agree that should be a last resort. Lower back surgery does not have a very high success rate.The pain medication could quickly put you into the donut hole with Medicare Part D. Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. Over time muscle strain can lead to an overall imbalance in the spinal structure many experts believe.As we get older our sense of balance becomes compromised anyway and when you add low back pain to the mix you can see how falling as we age becomes so common.

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Another cause of low back pain is Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis (joint degeneration) typically develops and progresses with age.One of the ways to slow down osteoarthritis is through your diet.Dietitians believe that some foods like night shade vegetables which would include white, yellow, and red potatoes, encourage osteoarthritis. One of the benefits in a Medicare Advantage plan is nutrition counseling.If you are suffering from low back pain you might want to consider looking into that benefit.Massage therapy is also covered by Medicare Advantage plans and has given great relief to many patients suffering from low back pain.

Some Medicare Advantage plans will also cover chiropractic adjustment – also called spinal manipulation.Different plans from different carriers will have different benefits.BlueCross/BlueShield of Florida, for instance, in their Medicare Advantage plans for 2012 offer a visit to the chiropractic doctor for a $20 copay in network and $40 out of network. The goal of chiropractic adjustment is to relieve pain and improve your body’s physical function.