For workers with back injuries, those treated by a chiropractor instead of a surgeon or medical doctor lowered their chance of surgery by over 40%.
According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, when low back pain care is initiated by a doctor of chiropractic, there is a 20 percent reduction in cost for treatment.
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, showed that pain-suffering patients treated with spinal manipulation and therapy had significantly greater pain relief results, which lasted longer than a year, than those who were treated with medication
Chiropractors are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
Chiropractors are designated as physician-level providers in the vast majority of states and federal Medicare program. The essential services provided by chiropractors are also available in federal health delivery systems, including those administered by Medicaid, the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Workers Compensation, and all state workers compensation programs.
In a consumer survey, chiropractic outperformed all other back pain treatments, including prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga, pilates, and over-the-counter medication therapies.
Chiropractors are the highest rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments above physical therapists (PTs), specialist physician/MD (i.e., neurosurgeons, neurologists, orthopaedic surgeons), and primary care physician/MD (i.e., family or internal medicine).
“Chiropractic patients were three times more satisfied with their care than patients of family practice physicians.” -Western Journal of Medicine, 1989
“Chiropractors are now accepted as a legitimate healing profession by the public and by an increasing number of physicians.” -The Manga Report, 1993
“Chiropractic is a growing component of the healthcare sector, and it is widely used by the population.” -The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, January, 1992
“Mandated Health Insurance Coverage for Chiropractic Treatment: An Economic Assessment, with Implications for the Commonwealth of Virginia.” “…for the management of low-back pain, chiropractic care is the most effective treatment, and it should be fully integrated into the government’s health care system.” -The Manga Report, 1993
“Chiropractic treatment was more effective than hospital outpatient management, mainly for patients with chronic or severe back pain.” -British Medical Journal, 1990.
British Medical Research Council Study. “…spinal manipulation applied by chiropractors is shown to be more effective than alternative treatments for low-back pain.” -The Manga Report, 1993
“…injured workers…diagnosed with low-back pain returned to work much sooner when treated by chiropractors than by physicians.” -The Manga Report, 1993
“Two and three years after patients with back pain were treatd by chiropractors, they experienced far less pain than those who were treated by medical doctors.” -British Medical Journal, 1990
“A majority of family physicians (in Washington) admitted having encouraged patients to see a chiropractor, and two-thirds indicated a desire to learn more about what chiropractors do.” -The Journal of Family Practice, 1992