How Chiropractic Scores in Risk, Cost and Satisfaction
By Sandy Schroeder
In a busy and often complicated world, finding healthcare that works on all levels is definitely worth talking about.
If you are hearing more and more about chiropractic, stop in at The Joint Chiropractic and check out its three big benefits: A conservative first choice, low cost solutions, and satisfactory results.
Conservative First Choice - The medical community has designated chiropractic as the conservative first choice, ahead of pain medications, as reports show the damage opioids have done in our communities and neighborhoods.
Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, as have sales of these prescription drugs, according to the White Paper, Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, 2016.
At the same time, the cost of prescription misuse to U.S. employment totals out at $18 billion in sick days, medical expenses and loss of productivity.
A Low Cost Solution - A 2009 Milstein and Choudhry report stated, “When considering effectiveness and cost together, chiropractic physician care for low back and neck pain is highly cost effective, representing a good value in comparison to medical physician care.”
Another 2012 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that patients with acute and subacute neck pain found spinal manipulation therapy provided by chiropractors to be more effective than medication in both the short and long term, according to the American Chiropractic Association.
A study published in 2004 showed patients enrolled in an HMO network, using chiropractors as primary care physicians, experienced significantly fewer hospital visits, spent less time in a hospital for care, underwent fewer surgeries and used far fewer pharmaceuticals than other HMO patients who received traditional medical care.
Satisfaction Reports - Overall, patient satisfaction with chiropractic has been significant, according to the White Paper Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, 2016.
The Journal Spine published a study reporting:
“Reduced odds of surgery were observed for those whose first provider was a chiropractor - 42.7 percent of workers, with back injuries, who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5 percent of those who saw a chiropractor.”
Another study analyzed data from 85,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) beneficiaries in Tennessee over a two-year span, concluding that low back pain initiated with a chiropractor saves 40 percent on health care costs when compared with care initiated through a physician.
The Joint Chiropractic
As you read the statistics, and make your own assessments of what you and your family need, you may find chiropractic to be the best fit. If you do, The Joint Chiropractic in your community provides a very workable process to help you get started. The hassle of insurance has been replaced with private, affordable care plans, and flexible weekend and evening hours are available. No appointments are needed.