Chiropractic Cost-Effectiveness Supplement
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The following studies detail the cost effectiveness and overall efficacy of chiropractic care, and the procedures that doctors of chiropractic provide their patients.
This presentation is divided into several parts:
- Background studies, detailing that LBP is much more complex than the literature leads us to believe;
- Cost-Effectiveness Studies;
- Worker’s Compensation Studies (National studies) and
- Worker’s Compensation Studies (State specific studies)
GENERAL BACKGROUND STUDIES:
Prognosis in Patients with Recent Onset Low Back Pain in Australian Primary Care: Inception Cohort Study
British Medical Journal 2008 (Jul 7); 337: a171 ~ FULL TEXT
This study contradicts the Clinical Practice Guidelines that maintain that recovery from acute low back pain is usually rapid and complete. Their findings with 973 consecutive primary care patients was that recovery was slow for most patients, and almost 1/3 of patients did not recover within one year (when following standard medical recommendations).
This study was designed to determine the one year prognosis of patients with low back pain. 973 patients with low back pain that had lasted less than 2 weeks completed a baseline questionnaire. Patients were reassessed through a phone interview at six weeks, three months and 12 months. The study found that the prognosis claimed in clinical guidelines was more favorable than the actual prognosis for the patients in the study. Recovery was slow for most patients and almost 1/3 of patients did not recover within one year.
Low Back Pain In A General Population. Natural Course And Influence Of Physical Exercise–A 5-Year Follow-Up
Spine. 2006 (Dec 15); 31 (26): 3045-51
This study contradicts the common belief that low back pain will extinguish with simple core exercises. This study provided significant benefits for only 1 out of 5 LPB sufferers. Researchers followed 790 patients who initially sought care for low back pain from 70 different caregivers. After 5 years, only 21% of patients studied reported no continued pain while only 37% reported no disability. Pain and disability scores dropped significantly at 6 months, then remained flat at 2 yrs and 5 yrs. Nonspecific regular exercise did not affect recovery. Between 27% and 66% of the study population experienced a recurrence of low back pain.