Reasons to Choose Chiropractic Care First

By Debra Rodzinak

When you are suffering with a physical problem such as lower back pain, you may wonder who to trust with your care. With 83 percent of patients satisfied with their level of chiropractic care, cost effectiveness, overall patient satisfaction, and growing popularity, it is no wonder that more people are flocking to chiropractic care first as a means dealing with pain.

Cost Effectiveness

According to a study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), a 40 percent savings on health care costs are realized when a patient begins treatment with a chiropractor. Researchers estimated that an annual savings of $2.3 million would have been realized in one year if patients were allowed to begin with a chiropractor for lower back pain versus care initiated with their regular medical doctor. The study also concluded that if insurance companies restrict access to chiropractic care, patients may actually pay more for lower back pain treatment in the long run.   

Overall Patient Satisfaction

In another study, chiropractic patients were more satisfied with care given for back pain after four weeks of treatment than were patients who went to a medical doctor. Patients were also more satisfied with their chiropractic care after six weeks versus physical therapy for the same amount of time. The American Journal of Public Health states, “Chiropractic patients reported receiving more self-care advice than did medical patients, were more likely to report receiving an explanation of their treatment, and visited their primary providers more often.”

 Growing Popularity of Chiropractic Care

According to Meeker and Haldeman (2002) in the Annals of Internal Medicine:

 “Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) 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.”

With the growing list of studies and reviews showing that chiropractic services are safe and effective, it is no wonder that chiropractic clinics like The Joint are growing in popularity. If you are in need of chiropractic services for lower back pain or any other ailment, visit the professionals at The Joint today! No need to worry about insurance hassles or referrals from a doctor at The Joint. Just drop in and get a professional evaluation from one of our chiropractors.