Research: Are Chiropractors Greedy & Expensive?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

One of the misperceptions I hear from time to time is that chiropractors are greedy or that they just want to see how many times they can get a patient in and out of their doors based purely on financial gain.

Let’s not beat around the bush here: there most certainly are opportunists in EVERY profession in the world. I’m certain that Chiropractic is no exception. So, every now and then, they may be right.

However people, in general, are good by nature and, again, chiropractors are no exception. Truly, the vast majority of chiropractors got into business to help people. No other reason. Just to help.

Before we dive into the research here, ask yourself a simple question, “If my primary sent me to a physical therapist, would they just see me once and then tell me to call if it keeps bothering me?” If you’ve had any experience with a physical therapist, you already know the answer to that question. Of course not! You’ll be treated on a steady and consistent basis for a specific amount of time because any change in the body, or substantial healing, take time and consistency.

In addition, building any significant durability to avoid future worsening of the original injury or complaint is something that takes work. This is mostly common sense.

With that being said, let’s dive in. The Manga Report is an old chiropractic stand-by. This report has been around for some time now. It’s been around since 1993 to be exact.

Why They Did It

To assess the effectiveness in terms of physical recovery or pain alleviation as well as the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic in regards to treating low back pain.

How They Did It

The Ontario Ministry of Health-commissioned study was a comprehensive review of all of the published literature on low back pain.

What They Found

It’s astounding actually, Ready for this?

  • They found an overwhelming amount of evidence showing the effectiveness of chiropractic in regards to the treatment of low back pain and complaint.
  • They also found that it is more cost-effective than traditional medical treatment and management.
  • Found that many of the traditional medical therapies used in low back pain are considered questionable invalidity and, Although some are very safe, some can lead to other problems being suffered by the patient.
  • There are no case controlled studies that even hint or suggest the chiropractic is not safe for the treatment of low back pain. They showed that chiropractic is clearly more cost-effective and that there would be highly significant savings if more low back pain management was controlled by chiropractors rather than the medical physicians.
  • The study stated that chiropractic services should be fully insured.
  • The study stated that services should be fully integrated into the overall healthcare system due to the high cost of low back pain and the cost-effectiveness and physical effectiveness of chiropractic.
  • They also stated that a good case could be made for making chiropractors the entry point into the healthcare system for musculoskeletal complaints that presented to hospitals.

Wrap It Up

Chiropractic should be the treatment of choice for low back pain, even excluding traditional medical care altogether!

Pran Manga, Ph.D.; Douglas E. Angus, M.A.; Costa Papadopoulos, M.H.A., “THE MANGA REPORT: THE EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF CHIROPRACTIC MANAGEMENT OF LOW BACK-PAIN.” William R. Swan, B.Comm.;Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, August, 1993

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY

Research and clinical experience shows 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. In addition, 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!

We have seen time and time again the amazing effectiveness of chiropractic for issues such as neck out of alignment, hips out of alignment, back alignment, lower back alignment hip out of alignment, back out of alignment, etc… We have just about seen it all.

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Till next time……

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

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