Study Shows Chiropractic Offers an “Economic Advantage”

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Oftentimes, getting quality medical care takes money. Money that you either don’t have or you had earmarked to go to something else, like food, utilities, or other necessary living expenses. This can cause you to set aside your physical health as you wait for “just a little more cash.” Well, you don’t have to wait and neglect your health any more.

A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reveals that chiropractic care is one of the most cost-effective options when compared to other medical treatment methods available.

The Study

Researcher Alexander Tsertsvadze, M.D. and a team of medical professionals conducted a meta-analysis of over half-a-dozen treatment options to determine which were the most cost effective. They examined osteopathic, physiotherapy, and chiropractic manipulation (categorized as “manual therapy”) and compared them to other treatments like seeing a general practitioner. Chiropractic was the clear winner.

Each manual therapy was found to be more cost effective than standard medical care for back and shoulder pain. Chiropractic in particular was found to provide neck pain relief with fewer costs.

What Does This Mean?

First, this study demonstrates that if you want relief for back, neck, and shoulder pain, seeing a chiropractor instead of a medical doctor could result in healthcare savings. That “economic advantage” equals more cash in your wallet to cover your necessities.

Second, perhaps lawmakers and insurance companies will begin to notice and increase coverage of chiropractic care to the very people they are there to help. With most other healthcare expenses rising, this is certainly great news. For you and the healthcare industry.

References

Tsertsvadze A, et al. Cost-effectiveness of manual therapy for the management of musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review and narrative synthesis of evidence from randomized controlled trials. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014.

Legorreta A, et al. Comparative analysis of individuals with and without chiropractic coverage: patient characteristics, utilization, and costs. Archives of Internal Medicine 2004.

Stano M. Further analysis of health care costs for chiropractic and medical patients. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.1994 Sep;17(7):442-6.

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