Research & Chiropractic: Just The Facts, Ma’am

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
chiropractic research

Chiropractors have to give thanks to Dynamic Chiropractic for this great article that came out just this month by Donald M. Petersen Jr., BS, HCD(hc), FICC(h).

It’s basically how to base your chiropractic discussion on research and facts.

I’ve been doing this for some time now so you can imagine my ears antennae perking up when I saw this article.

I’ll never understand how anyone can look at chiropractors in a negative light when you frame your discussion, if need be, on research and facts. Research which, by the way, is mostly performed by MDs, governments, insurance companies, and PhD’s.

Those days are over. Now we are in the days of getting the message out or allowing it to be ignored. I choose to get it out and to make it known that chiropractors should be the entry point into the healthcare system for most musculoskeletal conditions. Certainly those having to do with the spine.

Hands down.

No question.

Here are some of the significant points Petersen shares and that he got through Christine Goertz, DC, PhD:

  • ONLY nine percent of U.S. adults use chiropractic and/or osteopathic spinal manipulation each year.
  • With approximately 70,000 DCs, chiropractors constitute the third largest doctoral-level health care provider group.
  • There are approximately 100 reviews of SMT (spinal manipulative therapy) for low back pain (LBP).
  • SMT (for LBP) is significantly more effective at reducing pain in the short term when compared to placebo or no treatment.
  • Twelve sessions of chiropractic SMT may yield the most favorable response in patients with chronic LBP.
  • Manual therapy with exercise was more effective than other noninvasive interventions for neck pain.
  • SMT was more effective than medication for acute and subacute neck pain for short- and long-term outcomes.
  • SMT is effective for cervicogenic and migraine headaches.
  • Several small pilot studies for nonmusculoskeletal conditions have been conducted;
  • There is no evidence of excess risk of vertebrobasilar artery (VBA) stroke associated with chiropractic care compared to primary care.
  • There are only 5-10 serious complications per 10 million manipulations.
  • A recent study of 12,036 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) respondents with LBP and neck pain showed that seeing a DC did not add to overall medical spending.
  • Lower overall episode costs of care are achieved when LBP treatment is initiated with a DC as compared to an MD (20-40 percent lower costs).
  • Thirty-eight percent of surveyed PCPs reported understanding the medicinal use of chiropractic, and felt comfortable counseling their patients on its use.

Take-aways from this article are: 70,000 chiropractors, 100 studies on spinal manipulation, and it’s highly effective in neck and low back pain as well as headaches. In addition, chiropractic is safe, less expensive in general, and certainly less expensive than traditional medical care.

We chiropractors these days no longer have to entertain the tired old rhetoric that has been spread through the years. The rhetoric that says that chiropractors will hurt you, if you go once you’ll always have to go, or they don’t know what they’re doing. That’s just a few I’ve heard. There are countless others and ALL of them have been shown false, baseless, and ignorant of the facts.

The full article can be found here:

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!

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Till next time……

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

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