Why Have Over 40 Million Americans Tried Chiropractic? Part Two

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

I hope you’re enjoying the new series that I started last week. I got some great messages from several colleagues so it appears we’re off to a great start. 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 at the following link: http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=56938For Part Two of this new series called “Why Have Over 40 Million Americans Tried Chiropractic?”, we’re going to focus on “Conventional Medicine Does Not Emphasize Musculoskeletal Care.” 

  • 1998 – Drs. Freedman and Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

     “Second only to upper respirator illness, musculoskeletal symptoms are the most common reason that patients seek medical attention, accounting for approximately 20% of both primary-care and emergency-room visits. 
     Given the high prevalence of orthopedic problems that are encountered in clinical practice, the importance of basic competency in musculoskeletal medicine for all physicians cannot be disputed. 
     Nevertheless, severity (82%) of eighty-five medical school graduates from thirty-seven different schools failed to demonstrate such competency on a validated examination of fundamental concepts.”

-Freedman KB, et al, The adequacy of medical school education in musculoskeletal medicine. J Bone Joint Surg Am 1998;80(10):1421-7.

  • 2003 – Drs. DiCaprio, Covey, and Bernstein, Yale University Department of Orthopedics

     “Our data showed that if preparation in musculoskeletal medicine is indeed inadequate….it may be because there is a lack of required instruction in musculoskeletal medicine among American medial schools. 
     The results in the present study imply that the poor examination performance in musculoskeletal medicine…and the lack of confidence in this area…are caused by a lack of preparation in medical school. 
     Specifically, nearly half of American medical schools allow their students to graduate without having had any formal training – clinical or basic science – in musculoskeletal medicine.”

-DiCaprio MR, et al. Curricular requirements for musculoskeletal medicine in American medical schools. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2003;85-A(3):565-7

  • 2006 – Dr. Stockard and Allen, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

     “The nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) have emphasized the significance of the musculoskeletal system to the practice of medicine. The authors hypothesized that graduating COM students would, therefore, demonstrate superior knowledge and competence in musculoskeletal medicine when compared with graduates of allopathic medical schools.”
     The authors asked graduating COM students to complete a standardized and previously validated 25-question basic competency examination on musculoskeletal medicine and found that 70% of graduating COM students and 82% of allopathic medical graduates failed to demonstrate basic competency in musculoskeletal medicine. 

-Stockard AR, et al. Competence levels in musculoskeletal medicine; comparison of osteopathic and allopathic medical graduates. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2006; 106(6):350-5.

  • 2012 – Drs. Skelley, Tanaka, Skelley and LaPorte, Johns Hopkins Medical Center

     Only 19% of medical students passed a validated orthopedic examination of musculoskeletal competency. Although 4th-year medical students scored significantly higher compared with first-year students, 65% of students in both groups failed this examination. 
     Only 34% of graduating medical students had completed an elective course in musculoskeletal care. A minimum of 15 days dedicated to elective study of musculoskeletal medicine significantly increased the chance of medical students passing this examination. 

-Skelley NW, et al. Mecical student musculoskeletal education; an institutional survey. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2012;94(19):e146-e147.

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……

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