What Does The Research Say About Chiropractic Care?
As time goes on, more and more people are becoming curious about chiropractic care. They want to know if it is a safe and effective treatment for back and neck pain, among other ailments.
Maybe you're wondering that as well. If so, that's understandable. Everyone wants relief from their pain, but they also want to know the treatment they choose is going to be helpful and not harmful.
By being curious and doing your research, you are engaged, informed, and motivated patients. That's a beautiful thing to be when you are trying to find relief from any pain.
To give you a head start, we've compiled a list of quotes from research done on chiropractic care.
These quotes should be a good starting place for your research into the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care.
Table of Contents
- The Popularity Of Chiropractic Care
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- In Comparison to Other Treatment Alternatives
- Patient Satisfaction
- Give Chiropractic Care a Try
Before jumping into the research, please note that this information was gathered from the American Chiropractic Association. They are a great place to visit while doing your research.
The popularity of Chiropractic Care
Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine: Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group, and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.
Acute and Chronic Pain
Nyiendo et al. (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics: Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed more significant improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.
Korthals-de Bos et al. (2003), British Medical Journal: In a randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education, and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, the total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
In Comparison to Other Treatment Alternatives
Hoving et al. (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine: In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy; each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.
Hertzman-Miller et al. (2002), American Journal of Public Health: Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.
Haas et al. (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics: Chiropractic care appeared relatively cost-effective for the treatment of chronic low-back pain. Chiropractic and medical care performed comparably for acute patients. Practice-based clinical outcomes were consistent with systematic reviews of spinal manipulative efficacy: manipulation-based therapy is at least as good as and, in some cases, better than other therapies.
Give Chiropractic Care A Try
If you're looking for relief from back pain, neck pain, or any other symptoms, give chiropractic care a try.
Numerous studies have proven over and over again that it is as effective, if not more effective, than traditional treatments.
And, if you are still wondering about it's effectiveness, the best person to talk to is a chiropractor.
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Their team of chiropractors provide conservative care for our patients using spinal manipulation.
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