When faced with varying healthcare challenges, it can often be a difficult decision to decide which type of practitioner to choose and which treatments are most effective. In this section of the web page, We would like to continually update you with published researched articles to help you make informed decisions about your health. So please take some time to review some of the more recent literature concerning chiropractic care, its effectiveness, and how it relates to other types of healthcare providers.
Chiropractic care has been in existence for over a century, although, it is still a relatively new form of healthcare to some people and in certain areas of the country. In fact, Louisiana was the last state in the US to recognize chiropractic care in 1974. Aside from the late start in Louisiana, chiropractic care has come leaps and bounds and now is one of the most sought after treatments and has some of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any healthcare practicioner.
As continual research shines light on the effectiveness of chiropractic care, increasingly more family physicians and orthopedic doctors are also referring their patients to chiropractors. At Chiropractic 1st we have a great working relationship with many of the area physicians and work closely with them to manage your healthcare needs.
Chiropractic Research Articles;
“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”
— Hertzman-Miller et al (2002), American Journal of Public Health
Popularity of Chiropractic
“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”
– Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine
In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
— Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal
“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 Manipulative Therapy] in conjunction with [standard medical care] offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute low back pain.”
–Goertz et al. (2013), Spine