Pain patients: better care possible

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Pain patients: Cost savings and better care possible: The number of pain patients appears to be increasing steadily in Germany. Despite this, there has so far been insufficient information on the supply situation and costs. Now there is a report that reveals shortcomings and breaks new ground.

On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 in Berlin, the health insurance company DAK and Grünenthal GmbH presented a report on the care situation and the costs of pain patients under the title "Care Atlas Pain: New Insights into the Treatment Situation of Back Pain Patients". According to the care atlas, patients with back pain in Germany represent about 20 to 30 percent of the “average direct total costs”. Back pain associated with intervertebral disc diseases is particularly widespread. The largest part of the costs are attributable to medical aids, such as physiotherapy and massages. According to this, pain patients also received pain medication in the past, but the individual physical and psychological diagnosis and care still leaves something to be desired.

The experts in the team, such as Prof. Dr. Gerd Glaeske from the Center for Social Policy at the University of Bremen, point out that there is also a dormant cost factor here: the sooner and better the patients are treated individually and in an interdisciplinary manner, the fewer chronic courses would result. The resulting costs due to treatments, incapacity for work, etc ... could be reduced in the future.

In view of these facts, representatives of individual treatment concepts for chronic and acute pain, such as the so-called "fascia distortion model" FDM, still have the question of why these cost-effective procedures are no longer included in the interdisciplinary work.

"The fascia distortion model offers a new, effective approach, particularly in the care of pain patients," Christoph Rossmy, President of the European FDM Organization (EFDMA), told Heilpraxisnet. According to Rossmy, the first scientific studies on the process are now available.

It is to be hoped that the right conclusions will be drawn from the study by DAK and Grünenthal GmbH, particularly with regard to chronification, costs and individual care, and that procedures such as the fascia distortion model (FDM) will be integrated into the care of pain patients in the future. (Thorsten Fischer, non-medical practitioner osteopathy, February 19, 2010)

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