Monthly Archives: December 2013

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Spotlight: Dr. Kent Hill

This month’s spotlight shines on Dr. Kent Hill, D.C. and Certified ART Provider. Dr. Hill, a Pueblo native and East High School Alum, started his chiropractic practice in Pueblo upon graduating from Parker University in 1990. For the first seven years of his practice, Dr. Hill focused on traditional chiropractic adjustments of the spine to treat spinal, shoulder, elbow, and neck discomfort. Eventually, Dr. Hill began to look for new techniques to help speed the recovery of his patients.  In 1997, Dr. Hill learned of Dr. Dr. P. Michael Leahy’s work with Olympic athletes utilizing his new system of Active Release Therapy, or ART. ART focuses on fascia manipulation along with traditional spinal manipulation in order to increase blood flow to affected areas. The increase in oxygen, provided by increased blood flow, helps to clean up inflammation.

A short time after opening his practice, Dr. Hill felt limited with traditional chiropractic protocol that only seemed to treat the symptom. He realized early on that the entire biological system needed to be addressed. As he began to develop his approach, in terms of diet, exercise, sleep, etc. he started asking patients a simple question: “What else in your life could lead to chronic inflammation?” Dr. Hill began advising his patients on everything from diet to supplements.  Dr. Hill believes in a team approach to wellness, he instructs his patients to be active in their recovery and not just expect a quick fix.  He provides his patients with just enough information on their particular situation then directs them to Google or other internet resources to learn more about what is happening with their bodies. He relates that this simple activity creates much better dialog with the patient in follow up visits and also leads to increased dedication to their rehabilitation on their own time.

“There’s a psychological component to chronic muscle pain, creating problems with repetitive thoughts about the issue,” states Dr. Hill. With that in mind, Dr. Hill created his office environment to be conducive to healing both body and mind. Bruno, his therapy dog, waits quietly on the floor to be addressed by patients.  He never jumps on you, just lies at your feet waiting to be petted. The science behind therapy dogs is a very interesting topic on its own, but in short, among other benefits, interaction with therapy dogs likely spurs production of the “bonding hormone” , oxytocin.

Along with practicing in his own office, Dr. Hill spends one day a week at the Vestas plant south of Pueblo. Vestas has been compiling statistics on their workers treated with ART, and the results are quite compelling. Vestas has shared these results with Dr. Hill and you can see them for yourself by contacting him at his office.

“Stress is part of our culture now, often manifesting in muscles,” Dr. Hill continues, “if you only address the spine, you’re leaving so much out, and you can’t ignore that.” Dr. Hill views his clinic as a “results based practice, not a repeat visit business model.”  After incorporating ART, outcomes improved dramatically. “While a static X-Ray is a moment in time, ART is movement patterns and analyzing bad movement patterns,” Dr. Hill then adds,” the more movement we have, the more life we have.” It should be noted that the Denver Bronco’s Peyton Manning credits ART with his recovery and ability to play football again. “ART is about getting the patient as well as possible, in as few visits as possible,” offers Dr. Hill in closing.

1014 Eagleridge Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81008
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www.pueblochiropracticart.com

 

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Procedure? Problem. Parking? No Problem!

While I would expect parking to be cheaper than an electrocardiogram, I would also expect the hospital staff to be familiar with both prices.

It’s no surprise that hospitals are often tight lipped when discussing procedure prices, and there are plenty of excuses one could offer for these muffled answers.

“Just like you can’t call a contractor on the phone and ask ‘how much does it cost to remodel a kitchen?’ Maybe it would be unreasonable to expect a price quote on the phone for ‘remodeling’ your hip as well.”

That’s where Rosenthal study suffered. He called 120 hospitals. More than half couldn’t/wouldn’t offer pricing for a hip replacement, and the others gave prices ranging from $11,000 to over $125,000.

But what about more straightforward procedures like the electrocardiogram? Surely the answer could be clearer, right? Basically the only different in price would be “insurance or self-pay?”

Wrong.

Researchers called 20 hospitals in the Philadelphia area to collect electrocardiogram pricing. Only three gave answers: $137, $600, and $1,200.

So patients couldn’t even conclude a general price for the area, they’re all so different.

Why couldn’t the others give prices? We’re not sure. Nineteen out of the 20 could discuss parking pricing over the phone, even offered discounts for visitors.

Bernstein believes its up to the patients to change this attitude on price transparency. People today are simply accepting that they won’t know the price of their hospital stay until they’re ready to leave. He says people should “get in the habit of asking, ‘if you don’t mind, please tell me what that will cost.’”

In a world that’s cloudy, price transparency should be clear and connected with quality transparency as well. You can find that on SaveOnMedical.com, a site where you can request appointments for radiology procedures and lock in the price right as you see it on the screen. Check out our SaveOn profile, here!

You can also find the full article from the Global Post here.