Research – An Argument For Chiropractic Treatment of Musculoskeletal Complaints

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

1998 – Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: “Second only to upper respiratory illness, musculoskeletal symptoms are the most common reason that patients seek medical attention, accounting for approximately 20 percent of both primary-care and emergency-room visits. Musculoskeletal problems were reported as the reason for 525 (23 percent) of 2285 visits by patients to a family physician, and musculoskeletal injuries accounted for 1539 (20 percent) of 7840 visits to the emergency room. … Nevertheless, seventy (82 percent) of eighty-five medical school graduates from thirty-seven different schools failed to demonstrate such competency on a validated examination of fundamental concepts.” 

This is one of those research results that makes it appear that I’m bashing medical doctors. It’s just not true. I have two friends that are MDs and another that is in my family. These folks have spent years dedicated to healing people. Some foregoing any real income until after the age of 35 or later just to see our current healthcare laws begin to rob them of what they set out so many years ago to achieve. These are mostly good, hard-working folks. A mean spirit against honest, hard-working and ethical healthcare practitioners just isn’t part of my program. I hope that is clear.

To be transparent, however, there is NO love lost on the American Medical Association. Most MDs are members of the AMA but have no idea (and likely wouldn’t support) many of the things the AMA does against chiropractors and other healthcare professions. So, disparaging words on my part toward the AMA should in no way be misconstrued as being disparaging of medical doctors. They are two completely different things.

This research was found by Mr. George McAndrews (referenced below) who defended the chiropractic profession in the Wilk vs. A.M.A. trial. The chiropractors won the judgement proving that there was a concerted effort on the part of the American Medical Association (AMA) to systematically make the profession of chiropractic disappear from the face of the planet and they were trying to do it through unfair business practices and propaganda. It was certainly a “David vs. Goliath” scenario and the right side won. Bullies usually do lose.

Anyway, while it does tend to shine a negative light on the medical profession in regards to musculoskeletal complaint treatment, for me, my including it as a blog is meant to highlight why CHIROPRACTORS SHOULD BE SEEING THESE CASES AS EITHER THEIR PRIMARY ENTRANCES INTO THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM OR, AT THE VERY LEAST, THEIR FIRST REFERRAL SOURCE FOLLOWING THEIR INTIAL VISIT WITH THE PRIMARY CARE GIVER.

It’s just a no-brainer in my book. And, if you’ve been following along with my research-based blogs, it may be becoming obvious to you as well. Of our patients, I literally see 80% (and up) just get better in these types of conditions. And not just get better but, in the majority, the patients agree that they resolve to a very satisfactory level with many resolving completely.

As I tried to drive home in last week’s blog, here is why Chiropractors should be seeing neuromusculoskeletal complaints:
Research and clinical experience show that In about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, (in comparison to the traditional medical model), patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic . Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled.  We do this conservatively and Non-surgically. And we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. 

And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising your general, overall level of health!

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think. And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!!

This blog is based on information via Mr. George McAndrews found in the article at this link in Dynamic Chiropractic.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.

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