4 Ways Chiropractic Care Beats Traditional Medicine
By Chris Brown
When joint injury or chronic pain flares up, many run immediately to their primary care doctor. However, in many cases, first visiting a chiropractor will not only save you money, but statistically improve your recovery time without medication. A compilation of medical studies by the American Chiropractic Association points to a trend that supports a trip to the chiropractor over traditional primary care for injuries of the joints, neck, or back.
Pain medication should be avoided when possible, as it can be highly addictive and eventually cause pain itself if patients become physically dependent. A study in Pain Medicine showed that, when compared with other treatments, chiropractic pain patients were 64 percent less likely to receive an opioid prescription (lower back pain patients were 90 percent less likely). These numbers come at a time when the opioid epidemic has reached critical levels in the United States.
Greater Patient Satisfaction
Survey data by the American Journal of Public Health illustrates that chiropractic back care patients were more satisfied after four weeks than with medical doctors or physical therapists. This is in part due to the effectiveness of chiropractic methods which showed fewer work absences as compared to physical therapy or continued care.
Exceptional for Chronic Pain Treatment
Chronic pain management is where chiropractic seems to excel. A whopping 94 percent of chiropractic patients with long-term pain reported a 30 percent pain reduction following treatment, as opposed to just 69 percent of traditional medicine patients. A reduction in pain not only reduces the need for chronic medication, it helps prevent surgery in many cases. Surgery resulted in 42.7 percent of back injury cases who saw a surgeon initially whereas only 1.5 percent who first consulted with a chiropractor underwent the knife.
It never hurts to save a little money and a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that lower back pain patients saved 20 to 40 percent on health care costs when treatment was initiated through a chiropractor versus a medical doctor. The same journal also reported that combined chiropractic and medical care costed significantly less than care by a medical doctor alone. This can be attributed to the quicker recovery that chiropractic patients experienced on average.
To consult with a doctor of chiropractic today, visit one of The Joint Chiropractic's over 600 nationwide clinics. The Joint focuses on pathways to wellness and recovery that avoid long-term pain medications or costly invasive surgeries. Stop by for a walk-in session to experience a different kind of patient care.
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