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Monthly Archives: April 2009


Set Priorities: Surviving the ‘Great Recession’

By |April 21, 2009|News|

4/20/2009, 5:40 p.m. EDT

Steve Garmhausen

The Associated Press Health News

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — AUSTIN, Texas (AP)  Welcoming a first child would be more than enough to keep most couples busy. But Abby Williamson and Matthew Young, who started a family in December, have a few more life changes planned.

Despite the recession, Matthew, 31, wants to change careers  ditching his successful but grueling carpentry and construction business to become a chiropractor. The change would mean relocating from their Austin, Texas home to be near one of Matthew’s schools of choice, in Dallas or Atlanta. Still, the couple seems to be in an enviable position: They recently became homeowners and came into an inheritance of $130,000.

Yet there is reason to be concerned about the couple’s financial plans. Their nest egg has taken a beating. Given the state of the economy, the couple needs to take a breath and think critically about their career and relocation timetable, according to two experts who analyzed their situation. (more…)

The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic

By |April 17, 2009|Uncategorized|

The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic

The Chiro.Org Blog

John’s recent post on the de-listing of chiropractic generated a lot of interest and comments from DCs, MDs and RMTs.

In the USA, Chiropractic has been included in several managed care programs, and a recent review of 70,274 member-months over a 7-year period within an IPA demonstrated:

  • decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions,

  • 59.0% less hospital days,

  • 62.0% less outpatient surgeries and procedures, and

  • 83% less pharmaceutical costs when patients were seen by a DC rather than an MD for the same complaint!

The authors concluded that:

“this clearly demonstrates that chiropractic nonsurgical nonpharmaceutical approaches generates reductions in both clinical and cost utilization when compared with PCPs using conventional medicine alone.”

The point is that Alberta, Canada may save some money that won’t be paid to the chiropractors, but inevitably will lose much more money in the long run.

The Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Page contains many more prospective studies going back to 1985 that demonstrate the cost savings associated with chiropractic care.

There’s a lot more like this at the LINKS

Consumer Reports Survey Shows Hands-on Therapies as Top-rated Treatments

By |April 13, 2009|News, Research|

April 10, 2009 — A study in the May issue of Consumer Reports shows that hands-on therapies were tops among treatments for relief of back pain. The study, which surveyed more than 14,000 consumers, was conducted by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.

According to the report, the survey respondents tried a variety of different treatments and rated the treatments on how helpful and satisfied they were with the results. The report concluded that hands-on therapies were the top-rated.

The report states that, “eighty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were ‘completely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their chiropractor.”

Source: Consumer Reports,

The Results at a glance:

Professional Highly satisfied
Chiropractor 59%
Physical therapist 55%
Acupuncturist 53%
Physician, specialist 44%
Physician, primary-care doctor 34%

Read the full report. There are many more articles like this at the Patient Satisfaction Page

Chiropractic Manipulation Best Option For Low Back Pain, According to Patient Survey

By |April 11, 2009|News|

The American Chiropractic Association

In light of a new survey showing that chiropractic spinal manipulation is the top-rated treatment for people suffering with back pain, patients should consider a consultation with a doctor of chiropractic, says the American Chiropractic Association.

A leading consumer product rating and survey publisher released the survey results of more than 14,000 Americans on April 6.

The survey rated doctors of chiropractic as the top practitioner, with survey respondents noting that they were more likely to be “highly satisfied” with the care received from their doctor of chiropractic (59 percent) than their primary care physician (34 percent). (more…)

Iatrogenic Injuries and Medicine

By |April 10, 2009|News|

Iatrogenic Injuries and Medicine

The Chiro.Org Blog

Informed Consent involves discussing the illness or complaint with the patient, and then reviewing risks and benefits of all the treatments that are available for that complaint. Unless your doctor has provided ALL that information, you have not been properly informed.

Conservative chiropractic care is much safer for musculoskeletal complaints (neck or back pain etc) than standard medical management, which usually includes pain pills, muscle relaxants, and occasionally physical therapy (exercises).

Chiropractors often hear from patients that medical care either didn’t help, or even made the patient’s feel worse.

Unfortunately, the total number of deaths caused by conventional medicine is an astounding 783,936 per year, and you may want to learn more about that at our Iatrogenic Injury Page before you choose medical care for your complaint.

You shouldn’t choose ANY form of care until you know ALL the risks.

Chiropractic and Chronic Neck Pain

By |April 8, 2009|News, Research|

Chiropractic and Chronic Neck Pain

The Chiro.Org Blog

In study after study, Chiropractic demonstrates superior results in the relief of chronic neck pain compared to acupuncture or medical management.

In one recent study chiropractic scored the highest relief rating (7.33 out of 10), scoring higher than the relief provided by either nerve blocks (6.75) or opioid analgesics (6.37).

There are many more articles like this @:

Chiropractic and Chronic Neck Pain Page