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Research Validates Benefits & Cost Efficacy of Chiropractic Verses Other Therapies

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In June, a peer reviewed medical journal, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, statistically analyzed and interpreted an older National Health Interview Survey. The study revealed that 60% reported "a great deal" of benefit. Chiropractic had the highest success rate among the 6 most popular CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) with 66% reporting significant benefit followed by massage, yoga and qi gong tied for second place. (Sorry for the following style this editor has a bug with making html tables)

Perceived Benefit of the 6 Most Frequently Used Complementary and
Alternative Medicine Modalities for Back Pain

Modalities*
Those with Great Benefit from CAM (Weighted %)Chiropractic (n _ 1,163)
66% Massage (n _ 196)
56%
Yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong (n _ 45)
56% Acupuncture (n _ 89)
42%
Herbal therapies (n _ 78)
32%Relaxation techniques (n _ 76)
28%

*The modalities listed are not mutually
exclusive. CAM, complementary
and alternative medicine. doi: 10.3122/ from
JABFM


The NHIS further broke down the respondents into socioeconimic factors and factors such as reasons why they are using alternative medicine from conventional medical treatments did not work to use of conventional medicine in conjunction with CAM. For the complete journal, please visit the journal article available for free at The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine website.

According to Dynamic Chiropractic in August 2009, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield 2008 Physical Medicine Pilot on Quality showed in the one year pilot program that chiropractic did indeed reduce healthcare costs by preventing surgeries. Reported by Dynamic Chiropractic weeks later, Milliman USA has released findings from "An Actuarial Analysis of the Impact of Chiropractic Care on the Costs of Medical Care for Patients With Common Spinal Diagnoses." Their conclusion was an annual savings of $14 million with every 1 million chiropractic patients. In 2009, the Mercer Report supports these conclusions and even the Consumer Reports who is historically skeptical about chiropractic all reported by Dynamic Chiropractic magazine.


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Anthony Tsai, D.C.
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References:
http://www.chirocode.com/High-Marks-Again-for-Chiropactic-Treatment
"Study Suggests Chiropractic Reduces Health Care Costs, Need for Surgery." Dynamic Chiropractic, Aug. 26, 2009.
"Cost-Effective Care: The Evidence Mounts." Dynamic Chiropractic, Sept. 9, 2009.
"Consumer Reports Survey Rates DCs Higher Than MDs." Dynamic Chiropractic, May 20, 2009.
"How Chiropractic Helps the Insurance Industry." Dynamic Chiropractic, Dec. 2, 2009.
"Medicare Patients Give Chiropractic High Marks." Dynamic Chiropractic, March 26, 2010.
Kanodia AK, Legedza ATR, Davis RB, et al. Perceived benefit of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for back pain: a national survey. J Am Board Fam Med 2010;23:354-62.

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