"All truth goes through three steps: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident." --Arthur Schopenhauer
“Doctors of chiropractic are a vital part of our nation’s health care system. Your services have been proven both effective and cost-effective and every day you help countless Americans with a variety of health conditions.” ~ Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services 2011 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference
Duke University Evidence Report in 2001 by McCrory, M.D.: “Patients with HEADACHES improved best with chiropractic care compared to acupuncture, painkillers, amytriptyline drugs (Elavil, Endep), exercise, surgery, TENS unit, stress therapy.”
A study led by Antonio P. Legorreta, MD, MPH and Helen Oster Chernicoff, MD, MSHS from the UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, published in Archives of Internal Medicine 2004 (Oct 11); 164 (18) Comparative Analysis of Individuals With and Without Chiropractic Coverage: Patient Characteristics, Utilization, and Costs) found that: "Chiropractic care CUT THE COST of treating pain by 28%, reduced 41% hospitalizations, reduced back surgeries by 32%, reduced the cost of medical imaging by 37%." [Archives of Internal Medicine 10/2004 & WebMD]
Chiropractic care is SAFER and MORE EFFECTIVE than drugs, surgery, painkillers, bed rest, and general practice for managing low back pain. ~ Pran Manga, PhD et al, University of Ottawa Canada Government Study 1998.
"Manual therapy / chiropractic is more effective in treating neck pain compared to physical therapy or medical care. A randomized controlled clinical trial of 183 patients, 18 to 70 years of age, for 6 weeks." Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital, Victoria, Australia. Manual Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Continued Care by a General Practitioner for Patients with Neck Pain. A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 2002 (May 21); 136 (10): 713-722
"Three years later, chiropractic patients reported a 29% greater improvement compared to hospital patients for the same complaints. The most dramatic improvements were associated with pain reduction, as well as sitting for more than a short period of time, sleeping quality, personal care, lifting, walking, standing, sex life, social life, and ability to travel also improved." ~ BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 1995.
"Pregnant moms who receive chiropractic care were able to carry and deliver children with more comfort." ~ Dr. Irvin Hendryson, MD. American Medical Association records released in 1987 during trial in U.S. District Court Northern Illinois Eastern Division, No.76 C 3777
93% of all episodes of otitis media (ear infections) treated with chiropractic care improved. ~ JMPT 1996
"Chiropractic Care Lowers Blood Pressure and is more powerful than two blood pressure drugs combined." ~ George Bakris, M.D., Univ. of Chicago Hypertension Center, WebMD 3/16/07
A study led by Antonio P. Legorreta, MD, MPH and Helen Oster Chernicoff, MD, MSHS from the UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, published in Archives of Internal Medicine 2004 (Oct 11); 164 (18) Comparative Analysis of Individuals With and Without Chiropractic Coverage: Patient Characteristics, Utilization, and Costs) found that:
"Chiropractic care CUT THE COST of treating pain by 28%, reduced 41% hospitalizations, reduced back surgeries by 32%, reduced the cost of medical imaging by 37%."
April 10, 2009 — A study in the May 2009 issue of Consumer Reports shows that hands-on therapies were tops among treatments for relief of back pain. The study, which surveyed more than 14,000 consumers, was conducted by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.
According to the report, the survey respondents tried a variety of different treatments and rated the treatments on how helpful and satisfied they were with the results. The report concluded that hands-on therapies were the top-rated.
The report states that, “eighty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were ‘completely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their chiropractor.”
A study led by Timothy S. Carey, M.D., M.P.H., Joanne Garrett, Ph.D., from the Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, published in New England Journal of Medicine 1995 (Oct 5); The Outcomes and Costs of Care for Acute Low Back Pain Among Patients Seen by Primary Care Practitioners, Chiropractors, and Orthopedic Surgeons
sought to compare patients’ recovery and satisfaction for those with acute low back pain receiving care from the following six groups:
Urban Primary Care Physicians;
Rural Primary Care Physicians;
Urban Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs);
Orthopedic Surgeons; and
Primary Care Providers at a Group Model HMO.
After six months, functional recoveries, return to work and complete back pain recoveries were similar for all groups. Satisfaction with care was highest for those visiting DCs.
1. The AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery
Surgery always carries risk and should be avoided, if possible. This landmark article from the JAMA says that patients should try chiropractic before resorting to surgical intervention.2. Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Surgery, Too!
This study from the journal Spine found that patients who used chiropractors were less likely to have surgery for their back pain.3. Chiropractic is Better than Drugs
Another study from Spine found that chiropractic patients had better outcomes than patients who used medications for their back pain.4. Chiropractic Prevents Future Cases of Back Pain
In this study, researchers found that chiropractic helped prevent back pain in patients with work-related injuries.5. Chiropractic Saves You Money
A study that compared chiropractic to medical care found that chiropractic patients spent less on health care than medical patients.6. Chiropractic is More Effective than Epidural Injections for Disc Herniations
This 2013 study found that back pain patients had better outcomes and lower health care costs with chiropractic than those who had epidural injections for spinal disc herniations.7. Chiropractic Best Option for Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Dysfunction the sacroiliac joint can cause severe back pain and sciatica. This study reports a 72% success rate for patient who use chiropractic for SI joint pain.8. Chiropractic Best Option for Sports-Related Back Pain
Back pain is a common sports injury, and this study from the journal Sports Health found that chiropractic was the best option for treatment.9. Chiropractic is Safe
The prestigious medical journal Spine found that chiropractic is a safe choice for back pain patients.10. Chiropractic Beneficial for Back Pain in Pregnancy
Many pregnant women suffer from back pain, and regular medical treatments or drugs can be unsafe. This 2006 study found that chiropractic is a safe and effective way to relieve the symptoms of back pain during this important time.11. Chiropractic Helps Older Patients with Back Pain
As we get older, our spine loses flexibility and we’re more likely to develop back pain. This 2013 study found that chiropractic is safe and effective at reducing back pain in older patients.12. Chiropractic Best for Teens with Back Pain
This British study found that for teens with back pain, chiropractic offered the biggest improvements.