Why Have Over 40 Million Americans Tried Chiropractic? – Part Three

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Here is part three of our series on why 40 million Americans have tried chiropractic. Until the last couple of years, I had no idea of the mountains of research that was out there in support of chiropractic. As you’ve seen in this blog from week to week, it’s been pretty impressive. 

The area that has had the lion’s share of chiropractic research is in the area of low back disorders. 

A study in 1998 showed that 20% of emergency room visits were due to musculoskeletal visits. A more recent study showed that LOW BACK PAIN accounted for Americans spending anywhere from $12 billion to $90 billion dollars in healthcare costs to address the low back complaints. 

Again, this series is based on information provided to me personally by Mr. George McAndrews. Mr. McAndrews was the lead counsel in the Wilk vs. AMA case and won that case with his considerable skill but also these great resources that I will continue sharing with you throughout this series. These blog topics and research findings are all part of a wonderful article in Dynamic Chiropractic that Mr. McAndrews wrote. You can read that article here.

We’ll start with the low back today and move to neck pain and headaches in the next two weeks. 

1994 – Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)
A multidisciplinary group of experts that included physicians, nurses, physical therapists, a psychologist, and an occupational therapist was commissioned by the federal government to make recommendations about how to treat low back pain. They found no evidence to support the use of injections or spine surgery for common cases of low back pain and recommended”

Relief of discomfort can be accomplished most safely with nonprescription medication and/or spinal manipulation. Manipulation seems helpful for patients with acute low back problems without radiculopathy when used within the first month of symptoms.”
Bigos S, Bower O, Braen G, Brown K, Deyo R, Haldeman S, et al. Acute Low Back Problems in Adults. Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. AHCPR Publication no. 95-0642. Rockville, MD: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,; 1994 Dec.

2007 American College of Physicians and American Pain Society
Another multidisciplinary group of expert clinicians and researchers funded by the federal government reviewed the best available scientific research on low back pain and concluded:

“For patients who do not improve with self-care options, clinicians should consider the addition of nonpharmacologic therapy with proven benefits – for acute low back pain, spinal manipulation; for chronic or subacute low back pain, intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation, exercise therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, spinal manipulation, yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or progressive relaxation.”
Chou R, Qaseem A, Snow V, Casey D, Cross JT, Jr., Shekelle P, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: a joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Ann Intern Med 2007;147(7):478-91.

2010 – Chiropractic Hospital-based Interventions Research Outcomes (CHIRO) Study
A study at the Vancouver General Hospital in Canada compared 2 different approaches for patients with low back pain; spinal manipulation and other treatments from a chiropractor, or usual medical care including medications or physical therapy modalities ordered by a medical physician. 

At EVERY comparison point in the study, including after 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months, patients treated by a chiropractor had BETTER physical outcomes and were able to do more activities. 
Bishop PB, Quon JA, Fisher CG, Dvorak MF. The Chiropractic Hospital-based Interventions Research Outcomes (CHIRO) study: a randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of clinical practice guidelines in the medical and chiropractic management of patients with acute mechanical low back pain. Spine J 2010;10(12):1055-64.


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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