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Is Chiropractic Care Right For Me?

Doctors of chiropractic have long been dedicated to delivering the safest and most effective healing methods for their patients. To achieve this, the chiropractic profession has been dedicated to scientific evaluation of their diagnostic and treatment methods and techniques.
Chiropractic health care has an impressive array of studies which support and prove the effectiveness of chiropractic care in a variety of different health ailments and many more studies are currently underway. Many of these studies have been performed not only by chiropractors, but by other health care professionals and federal government studies of various countries.
Chiropractic treatments are extremely safe for people of all ages. Unfortunately, some critics of chiropractic care have attempted to manipulate the public into thinking chiropractic treatments are dangerous. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The Manga Report

The Ontario Ministry of Health commissioned Manga Report represents the largest analysis of scientific literature on the most effective and cost effective treatments for low back pain. After reviewing all of the international evidence on the management of low back pain, lead investigator Pran Manga, Ph.D., found the treatments provided by Doctors of Chiropractic were exceptionally safe - much safer than for standard medical treatments of similar conditions.

"There is no clinical or case-control study that demonstrates or even implies that chiropractic spinal manipulation is unsafe in the treatment of low back pain. Some medical treatments are equally safe, but others are unsafe and generate iatrogenic (doctor-induced) complications for low back pain patients. Our reading of the literature suggests that chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain."

"Indeed, several existing medical therapies of low back pain are generally contraindicated on the basis of the existing clinical trials. There is also some evidence in the literature to suggest that spinal manipulations are less safe and less effective when performed by non-chiropractic professionals"

"Chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management of low back pain. Chiropractic management is greatly superior to medical management in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost-effectiveness and patient satisfaction."

The Effectiveness and Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back Pain (The Manga Report). Pran Manga and Associates (1993) - University of Ottawa, Canada.

Chiropractic is more cost effective and safer than common prescribed medication:

Using almost 2 million members of a healthcare plan, Dr Antonio P Legorreta (University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health) and colleagues compared healthcare expenditures between those with and those without chiropractic coverage. They report their findings in the October 2004 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicin"

“Access to managed chiropractic care may reduce overall healthcare expenditure in several ways, say Legorreta et al. For example, there seems to be a substitution of chiropractic for traditional medical care, particularly for spinal conditions, and chiropractic appears to have lower costs than traditional medical care, they note. ‘The estimated cost saving appears to more than offset the amount spent to cover the associated costs of the chiropractic benefit,’ they observe.”

Legorreta et al identify potential cost savings related mostly to the management of back pain and related neuromuscular ailments but do not assess the economic feasibility of a more comprehensive model of chiropractic 'primary care,' " they conclude. "Extensive research in this area is warranted as chiropractic moves toward novel and/or broader roles in healthcare delivery."

In their editorial “Cracking the problem of back pain: Is Chiropractic the answer?”, Ness and Nisly say the new study of Legorreta et al, "raises the intriguing possibility that chiropractic may in fact be the more economic approach to the management of the ill-defined, recurrent, and often refractory symptom of back pain.

Ness et al. state that ‘chiropractic manipulation may prove to be a safer alternative when compared with the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or opiates in frail patients who are highly susceptible to the development of devastating medication adverse effects,’ they observe”.

Legorreta AP, Metz RD, Nelson CF, et al. Comparative analysis of individuals with and without chiropractic coverage. Arch Intern Med 2004; 164:1985-1992.

Ness J and Nisly N. Cracking the problem of back pain: is chiropractic the answer? Arch Intern Med 2004; 164:1953-1954

Medscape medical news (July 2000) reports:

“A number of studies comparing medical and chiropractic care for work- related back injury, the most prevalent work-related injury treated by doctors of chiropractic, offer promising results...One study concluded that chiropractic offered consistent 2-to-1 superiority, and another found that treatment costs in cases managed by doctors of chiropractic increased only 12% between 1986 and 1989, while treatment costs in cases managed by medical doctors increased 71% during the same period. After back injuries, doctors interviewed for the article report that the most common injuries they treat are postural-type strains to the neck and upper back and repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis.”

Myths vs. Truth.

Because of philosophical differences, misunderstandings and economic competition, countless myths have circulated about chiropractic.

Chiropractic doctors are well educated. Based on contemporary research findings, improved technology and educational standards, more people are choosing chiropractic care every day.

Find out if conservative chiropractic care is appropriate for your specific health care needs or goals.

Chiropractic is so safe! People from many walks of life such as Olympic athletes and even newborns receive adjustments.
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