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Posted on 09-13-2017
Alarming Stats on Back Pain!!
Back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
To help you better understand the implications of this, we bring you some of the top back pain statistics, treatment options, and cost effectiveness:
A few alarming stats about back pain:
“Conservative treatments require two things to succeed – frequency and time. Healing is a process, not an event.” – Dr. Lacey Gillies
Chiropractic Care Is More Effective than Medical Treatment
“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
"[Chiropractic care] provides greater short-term reductions in self-reported disability and pain compared with usual medical care. 94% of the [Chiropractic care] group achieved greater reduction in pain compared with 69% of usual medical care."
Schneider et al (2015), Spine
"Reduced odds of surgery were observed for...those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor."
Keeney et al (2012), Spine
Findings from a study utilizing data from the North Carolina State Health Plan collected between 2000-2009 show that care by a doctor of chiropractic (DC) alone or DC care in conjunction with care by a medical doctor (MD) incurred “appreciably fewer charges” for uncomplicated lower back pain than MD care with or without care by a physical therapist.
Hurwitz et al. (2016), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Older Medicare patients with chronic low back pain and other medical problems who received spinal manipulation from a chiropractic physician had lower costs of care and shorter episodes of back pain than patients in other treatment groups. Patients who received a combination of chiropractic and medical care had the next lowest Medicare costs, and patients who received medical care only incurred the highest costs.
Weeks et al (2016), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
What is Chiropractic Care?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) practice a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care.
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on correcting problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, and restoring nerve system function to promote optimal general health and wellness.
Doctors conclusions and recommendations:
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