Evidence-Based Health Care
Health care costs in the U.S. were more than 16-percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP) in 2008. Can you believe that? These skyrocketing health care costs can be slowed down through chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care works. Here is some evidence:
Chiropractic care lowers health care costs, according to a report that compared spinal care patients who received chiropractic care with those who did not. Those who had chiropractic care spent 10% to 23% less on their overall health care.
Government and private studies conducted around the world show chiropractic is more effective at helping injured employees return to work faster and with significantly lower costs. Spinal-related injuries and conditions are a big part of this group.
When it comes to work-related low back pain, the risk of the same disability happening again is lower for chiropractic patients than for those treated mainly by a physical therapist or a physician. According to a study published in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, patients receiving only or mostly physical therapy had “the highest proportion of recurrent disability (16.9%).” Those getting only or mostly chiropractic care, or no maintenance care at all, had “the lowest proportion of recurrent disability (6.5% and 5.5%).”
A report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found Medicare beneficiaries were happy with the chiropractic care they received and were pleased with the relief of their symptoms. Nearly 95% of the patients said they did not have to wait any longer than one week for appointments. And, almost all the patients in the study reported their chiropractors listened carefully and spent sufficient time with them.
A study in Spine focused on patients with chronic lower back pain: those who received one month of chiropractic treatment, followed by nine months of maintenance therapy, had significant improvement in pain and disability.
A report, Do Chiropractic Physician Services for Treatment of Low Back and Neck Pain Improve the Value of Health Benefit Plans? concluded with good news for health care plans. Chiropractic care is highly cost-effective and is a good value when compared to medical physician care. Also, chiropractic care works better than other therapies for treating low back and neck pain.
Patients in a Medicare “demonstration project” (released in 2010) had high marks for the care they received from their chiropractors. On a scale of 1 to 10, 87% of the patients surveyed gave their doctors of chiropractic a score of 8 or higher. And, a whopping 57% rated their chiropractor a perfect 10.
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