National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health – 2019 Spinal Manipulation: What You Need to Know
Chiropractic care is safe when performed by a licensed practitioner and is utilized for many health conditions. Surveys suggest that the most popular reason to see a chiropractor is wellness, but benefits have been noted for back pain, neck pain, headache, and more.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics –2007 Clinical utilization and cost outcomes from an Integrative Medicine Independent Physician Association: An additional 3-year update
Patients that underwent chiropractic care over the examined three-year period were found to incur less health care costs. The study found that chiropractic care correlated with a 60% reduction in in-hospital admissions, 62% decrease in outpatient surgeries and procedures, and a 85% decrease in pharmaceutical costs.
This clinical trial compared standard medical care and chiropractic care as treatment options for active-duty military personnel experiencing back pain. Both approached offered relief, but the best or most significant decrease in pain and improved physical functioning was noted when care was offered together. Chiropractic care is best in a team approach.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine – 2018 Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids
Healthcare is currently trying to combat the addictive nature of narcotics such as opioids. Research shows that chiropractors are helping by offering a drug-free alternative. Review of the New Hampshire health data indicates that patients that received chiropractic care were 55% less likely to fill an opioid prescription.