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Effectiveness & Cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic

Few other health care professions have been as thoroughly researched as chiropractic. In both terms of safety and effectiveness few (if any) other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic spinal manipulation,. There have been at least six formal government inquiries into chiropractic worldwide over the last 25 years and this includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. All the conclusions have been that contemporary chiropractic care is safe, effective, cost-effective and have recommended public funding for chiropractic services.

In addition to government inquiries, there have been many scientific clinical studies (randomized controlled trials included) assessing the appropriateness, effectiveness and/or cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation or chiropractic manipulation (most notably for back pain).

The Rand Group, a prestigious research organization in the United States, released a report on the appropriateness of spinal adjustment for low back pain. On the efficacy of spinal adjusting for low back pain, although the investigators found that the literature on this subject is of uneven quality, they concluded that "support is consistent for the use of spinal adjustment as a treatment for patients with acute low back pain and an absence of other signs or symptoms of lower limb nerve root involvement".

This was a retrospective study of all work-related low back pain claimants within a twelve-month period in Victoria, Australia, drawing on the database of the Victoria Accident Compensation Commission and comparing costs of outcomes between chiropractic and medical care. The study found that:

1) there was a significantly lower number of claimants requiring compensation days when chiropractic management was chosen;

2) there were fewer compensation days taken by claimants who received chiropractic management;

3) a greater number of patients progressed to chronic status when medical management was chosen and;

4)there was a greater average payment per claim with medical management ($2308.10) versus chiropractic management ($963.47).

These are only a few examples of the strong supporting research regarding the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic.  For more information, go to "About Us" and click on "our wellness partners"...and click on "Chiropractic Research".

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