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New Chiropractic Research

Brad Farra - Wednesday, October 28, 2009


A brand new evidence-based study found that Chiropractic care for low back and neck pain is more effective and less costly than care by a medical physician. The study came out October 12, 2009 and was conducted by a couple of medical physicians, one from Harvard medical school and one from Mercer Health and Benefits of San Fransisco. One of the objectives of this study was to determine if the availability of Chiropractic care improves the value of a health benefit plan. The overall results of this study found that "Chiropractic care is more effective than other modalities for treating low back and neck pain". This study also evaluated the cost effectiveness of Chiropractic care and found that "Chiropractic physician care for low back and neck pain is highly cost effective". Patients that seek Chiropractic care for their low back and neck pain get better without drugs and surgery. This study did not take into account the prescription drug savings that is associated with Chiropractic treatment and estimates that the "cost effectiveness is likely to be understated".

The overall lifetime prevalence of back pain is 85%. This means that 85% of the population will experience back pain in their life. Low back pain accounts for 2% of office visits to medical physicians. The good news is that with studies like this one the Chiropractic benefits included in health insurance plans will only improve.

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