Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society Shows Support for Chiropractic Care
The reputation of chiropractic care is constantly in flux. Certain professionals within the medical community cast doubt on chiropractic care’s ability to achieve tangible positive outcomes in a patient’s musculoskeletal health, as there is no use of medication, no surgical interventions, and no invasive medical treatment; just a holistic approach in alternative medicine that views the entire body as a whole.
Coupled with the perceived danger in chiropractic care regarding the potential for chiropractic adjustments to impact major blood vessels and contribute further to musculoskeletal problems, chiropractic care often finds itself in a precarious position regarding its reputation.
However, new findings in published research were communicated to the audience at the 17th annual North American Spine Society meeting that were quite supportive of chiropractic care, as both an effective treatment method and an overall efficacious pathway in improving spinal health. The gathering is a way for spinal specialists to share important developments and network.
First, Dr. Zigler presented his findings that were achieved in a study titled “Low Back Pain Patients Significantly More Satisfied with Chiropractic than Conventional Medical Care.” This study examined the feelings of satisfaction that patients feel after receiving chiropractic care as a treatment intervention compared to the level of satisfaction found after spinal surgery and the level of satisfaction felt after a pharmaceutical medication regiment. To coincide with the title, the patient population exhibited a much higher level of satisfaction after receiving chiropractic care compared to the other two care pathways.
A co-author of the same study, Dr. Cole, conferred the same support for chiropractic care in his talk. Dr. Cole expressed that chiropractic care has the ability to reduce recidivism in terms of return visits to the doctor after a given treatment intervention outside of chiropractic care. It can also help patients reduce the amount of money spent on medication as pharmaceuticals only have a temporary effect and may not even work at all for some patients. Chiropractic care has long-lasting results that prohibit further problems from developing.
Conferences like the annual meetings of the North American Spine Society are instrumental in promoting the benefits of chiropractic care. Many medical professionals view chiropractic care as a farce, but with the help of research and communication by professionals in the chiropractic field, common perceptions can be changed. With promiment groups like the North American Spine Society putting focus on the benefits of chiropractic care, traditional medical professionals and patients certainly take notice.