How Will Research Determine the Future Role of Chiropractic?
SOURCE: Clinical Chiropractic 2010 (Mar); 13 (1): 44–45
By Scott Haldeman DC, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)
Department of Neurology,
University of California, Irvine, United States and the
Department of Epidemiology,
School of Public Health,
University of California,
Los Angeles, United States
The past 20 years has seen a marked increase in the amount of research into the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders associated with the spine, especially back and neck pain. The therapeutic benefit of spinal manipulation for back and neck pain is no longer seriously questioned and there are growing research efforts to look into the impact of this treatment approach on other conditions, especially certain types of headache. At the same time, we are in a serious healthcare debate that is, amongst other issues, focusing more attention on cost containment and preventative heath care.
The research support for spinal manipulation has resulted in the situation where chiropractors are generally accepted as valuable members of the healthcare team. The acceptance of chiropractic has resulted in a debate within the profession concerning the future role it wishes to play within this team. There are three roles that chiropractors could potentially fulfill in the future and each requires consideration. (more…)