Chiropractor In Amarillo Tells How Chiropractic With Medical Care Is More Effective Than Medical Care By Itself

Amarillo chiropractor discusses the research

Chiropractic treatment in conjunction with traditional medical treatment has shown to provide more relief than medical care alone according to new research. Dr. Christine Goertz, one of the key authors on this research paper, is an icon in the research field. 

Dr. Goartz is the Chief Operating Officer of the Spine Institute for Quality. She is also an Adjunct Associate at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Spine IQ, she was Vice-Chancellor of Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic for eleven years. 

Dr. Goertz received her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 1999. Her 25-year research career has focused on working with multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement clinical and health services research studies designed to increase knowledge regarding the effectiveness and cost of complementary and integrative healthcare delivery.

She has extensive experience in the administration of Federal grants, both as a PI and as a program official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Goertz has received nearly $32M in federal funding as either principal investigator or co-principal investigator, primarily from NIH and the Department of Defense, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her primary area of focus is the investigation of patient-centered, non-pharmacological treatments for spine-related disorders. Dr. Goertz is a former member of the NIH/NCCIH National Advisory Council and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where she has assumed numerous leadership roles. In September 2018 Dr. Goertz was appointed to a 3-year term as Vice-Chair of the PCORI Board by the Comptroller General of the United States. 

As you can see, when Dr. Goertz speaks, people listen for good reason. 

Why They Did It

The authors wanted to know what the combination of the two methods (Medical and Chiropractic) would produce and if it made sense to support it. 

How They Did It·     

  • They took 91 military personnel with low back pain·     
  • All received traditional medical care·     
  • 50% of the group also received chiropractic adjustments 

What They Found1.  

  1. 73% of the chiropractic group experienced moderate and above moderate relief from pain
  2. 17% of the control group experienced the same level of relief as the chiropractic group
  3. Chiropractic also had disability scores that were far lower than the control group 

Wrap It Up

There’s no doubt here that there is a clear advantage when using chiropractic treatment with your traditional healthcare

Goertz C, Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results from a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine, 2013. 38(8): p. 627-634.