How Chiropractic Can Save Insurers Billions Of Dollars
There’s a long list of ailments that cause chronic pain that chiropractic care can help, including arthritis, headaches, migraines, neck pain, and back pain. For over 100 million Americans, suffering from these sources of chronic pain has become commonplace.
Research shows that 37 percent of 27,000 people surveyed in 2010 responded that they have experienced unrelenting, recurrent pain for periods of at least six months in duration. Half of those responding noted that their pain was a daily occurrence, while 32 percent stated that their pain was severe and registered it at greater than or equal to seven on a scale of zero to ten.
For those who suffer from chronic pain, the impact on their social, emotional, and recreational life severely reduces the quality of their day to day living. Another major factor contributing to lower life quality is the disruption of sleep cycles caused by chronic pain, which leads to chronic tiredness and a inability to enjoy life’s most basic pleasures.
For the majority of those who suffer from chronic pain, back pain is a major problem. Statistics reveal that as we age, the likelihood of experiencing chronic lower back pain increases significantly. In fact, back problems make up 25 percent of all disabling work related injuries. Unfortunately, traditional medicine is ill-equipped to treat the complex problems that can befall the back and often ineffective and addictive prescription pain killers are the only recourse available.
Fortunately, chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective solution for chronic pain problems. Relief is comparatively rapid, with patients showing significant improvement, on average, by the fourth visit. For patients who visit their chiropractors more than once a week, with treatments ranging form three to four times a week, outcomes show even more improvement. Three months of treatment showed, in one study, that 69 percent of patients with chronic pain reported themselves to feel either much better or better. The success rate in smaller case studies range even higher, into the levels of 90 percent recovery.
Research into the costs of caring for chronic pain in insurance pay outs and lost productivity due to work absenteeism has been calculated to be in the billions. Direct office visits, diagnostic testing, hospital care, and pharmacy costs average per individual at $5,000 per year. The economic burden of chronic pain strains the healthcare system more than the annual costs for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes.