Well­ness Arti­cles

Chi­ro­prac­tic is Cost-​Effective in Treat­ing Chronic Back Pain

The above is a direct quote from a head­line that appeared in of all places, the Novem­ber 17, 2005, Med­ical News Today. The arti­cle, also picked up by UPI news and sev­eral other sources, was report­ing on a new study pub­lished in the Octo­ber 2005 issue of the sci­en­tific jour­nal, The Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics (JMPT).

In this study 2780 patients with mechan­i­cal low-​back pain referred them­selves to 60 doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic and 111 med­ical doc­tors. These cases were reviewed for effec­tive­ness of care and for costs. One of the arti­cles noted that back pain care in the United States alone is esti­mated to reach $48 bil­lion this year, and, at any given time, 80 per­cent of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion suf­fers from back pain.

The results of the study showed sev­eral inter­est­ing facts. With regards to the out­comes, the study showed that both the acute and chronic patients showed bet­ter out­comes in pain and dis­abil­ity reduc­tion and higher sat­is­fac­tion with their care after under­go­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care, as com­pared to med­ical care.

The costs of the care for the med­ical and chi­ro­prac­tic showed dif­fer­ent results depend­ing on the usage. With­out adding the costs of any over-​the-​counter drugs, hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, or sur­gi­cal costs, when you sim­ply com­pared the costs of in-​office chi­ro­prac­tic to in-​office med­ical care, the chi­ro­prac­tic care was slightly more expen­sive. If you then add in the addi­tional costs for any refer­rals made by the chi­ro­prac­tor or the med­ical doc­tor, the chi­ro­prac­tic care costs for chronic patients were then 16 per­cent lower than med­ical care costs.

The authors of the study, not­ing that the sat­is­fac­tion for the chi­ro­prac­tic care was higher, and the over­all total costs were lower, made a con­clud­ing state­ment urg­ing more chi­ro­prac­tic uti­liza­tion in the health care sys­tem. They stated, “With their mis­sion to increase value and respond to patient pref­er­ences, health care orga­ni­za­tions and pol­icy mak­ers need to reeval­u­ate the appro­pri­ate­ness of chi­ro­prac­tic as a treat­ment option for low-​back pain.”

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