Research: Should You Start Care With A Chiropractor Or A Medical Doctor?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
Start Care With A Chiropractor

If you have followed this blog with any regularity at all, you know by now that there is a mountain of clear evidence on chiropractic and how effective it truly is. The truth is, over the years, I’ve literally seen it change people’s lives.

One man in particular that was a patient of mine shared with me the fact that I gave him the ability to get out of the house and got him active with his grandkids and his job again. When he first came to see me, he couldn’t even roll over and had been that way for years. Not only were we able to get him active and playing games like washers and horseshoes, but he also got inspired to quit smoking!

Unfortunately, this patient that became a good friend of mine has passed on but he told me some time before his passing that I had saved his life. I can’t tell you how special something like that is to somebody like me.

I just wanted to share that personal story with you but let’s get on with this research paper.

Other than pills and shots, which can have harmful side-effects, I’ve seen nothing as effective for treating musculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, overall stiffness, or disc complaints.

Here’s a recent study that was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics in 2015.

Why They Did It:

The authors of the paper wanted to see what the differences would be in the outcomes for things like patient satisfaction and healthcare costs for things like spinal, hip, and shoulder pain that started their care with a medical doctor compared with those that started their care with a doctor of Chiropractic.

How They Did It:

  • A questionnaire was completed by the patients in the study.
  • Their healthcare costs were then determined.
  • 403 patients were seen first by a medical doctor.
  • 316 were seen first by a chiropractor.

What They Found:

The ones that went to the medical doctor first had a significantly less improvement in the pain level, and were significantly less satisfied with their treatment outcome and care received.

Wrap Up

There was a significant amount of greater satisfaction and lower cost when a patient initiated care with a chiropractor rather than a medical doctor for musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, hip, and shoulder.

If you look at Chiropractic as a luxury rather than a long-term necessity, you’re doing it wrong.

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!

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

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Till next time……

Houweling TAW, Braga AV, Hausheer T, et al. First-Contact Care With a Medical vs Chiropractic Provider After Consultation With a Swiss Telemedicine Provider:
Comparison of Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Health Care Costs in Spinal, Hip, and Shoulder Pain Patients. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2015;38(7):477-83.