Benefits of Care
Some studies by leading medical journals in recent years have confirmed the benefits of chiropractic care:
- A 1993 report by the Ontario Ministry of Health concluded that chiropractic care was the most effective treatment for lower back pain. The agency also recommended that chiropractic care be fully integrated in the Canadian government’s health care system.
- In 1994, the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published its Clinical Practice Guidelines, which asserted that spinal manipulation was effective in reducing pain and speeding recovery among patients with acute low back symptoms without radiculopathy.
- A 1996 New England Journal of Medicine study of outcomes and costs for acute low back pain found that patients treated by chiropractors were significantly more satisfied than those who saw primary care, orthopedic or managed care practitioners.
- A 1996 study in the journal Spine echoed that study and found that patients who sought chiropractic care were more likely to feel that treatment was helpful, more likely to be satisfied with their care, and less likely to seek care from another provider for the same condition, compared to those who sought care from medical doctors.
- In 2001, the Center for Clinical Health Policy Research at Duke University concluded in a study that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for cervicogenic headaches, or those that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Louisiana was the last state in the country to license chiropractic in 1974. The first state was Kansas in 1913. From its inception in 1895 chiropractic has grown in popularity, at first from testimonies and word of mouth. But now there are volumes of studies and research proving the effectiveness, as well as cost savings, of chiropractic care for a variety of conditions.
Working Together For Your Benefit
Over the last 20 years, medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic have begun to understand the importance of working together for the benefit of the patient. Prior to the 1990’s, many medical doctors didn’t understand what chiropractic could do, nor did they realize the effectiveness of chiropractic. Education and scientific studies have changed that for the better.
A 7-year research project documented that medical doctors and chiropractors working together were able to achieve substantial cost savings in comparison to working independently. Outcomes of the studies have proven that chiropractic is effective, inexpensive and safe. That is why many hospitals now have chiropractors on staff and many medical doctors and chiropractors have gone into practice together.