There have been numerous formal inquiries into the effectiveness of chiropractic throughout the world. All of these inquiries found contemporary chiropractic health care safe and effective, and recommended licensure and government funding. The following is a list of studies and information illustrating the effectiveness of chiropractic care. A study comparing medical and chiropractic care for treatment of identical back injuries found that the number of work days lost was ten times higher for medical patients than for chiropractic patients. In addition, compensation costs for work time lost averaged $68 for chiropractic versus $668 for medical patients. - Journal of Occupational Medicine August 1991, Vol. 33, # 8.

Spinal manipulation by chiropractors more effective than other treatments for low-back pain - The results of this intensive study of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic (initiated and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health) showed that in addition to being cost-effective, chiropractic is more clinically effective than other accepted treatments of low-back pain. - The Ontario Ministry of Health, Ottawa, Canada August 1993.

Research in Great Britain, conducted by T.W. Meade, a medical doctor, compared chiropractic treatment and hospital outpatient treatment consisting of corset wearing and standard physical therapy, for low-back pain. The study concluded for patients with low-back pain in whom manipulation is not contraindicated, chiropractic almost certainly confers worthwhile, long-term benefits in comparison to standard hospital outpatient management. - British Medical Journal, Volume 300, June 2, 1990.

Chiropractic Patients in North Carolina Highly Satisfied. In this study, 4,438 adult residents of North Carolina were contacted by telephone. Of those interviewed who had suffered at least one episode of severe acute low back pain in the previous year, 13 percent sought care from a chiropractic, 24 percent sought care from a medical doctor, and 61 percent sought no care at all. The results of the study were that compared to those who sought care from medical doctors, those who sought care from a chiropractor were more likely to feel that treatment was helpful (99% vs. 80%), more likely to be satisfied with their care (96% vs 84%), and less likely to seek care from another provider for that same episode of pain (14% vs. 27%.) -Spine, Volume 21, Number 3, 1996.

Florida Worker's Compensation Study, A 1988 study of 10,652 Florida workers' compensation cases was conducted by Steve Wolk, Ph.D., and reported by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research. It was concluded that "a claimant with back-related injury, when initially treated by a chiropractor versus a medical doctor, is less likely to become temporarily disabled, or if disabled, remains disabled for a shorter period of time; and claimants treated by medical doctors were hospitalized at a much higher rate than claimants treated by chiropractors."

A 1992 review of data from over 2 million users of chiropractic care in the US, reported in the Journal of American Health Policy stated that, "Chriopractic users tend to have substantially lower health care cost."

Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation (what doctors of chiropractic do) is recommended as one of the proven treatments for relief of low back pain by the US Department of Health and Human Services. -AHCPR Publication #95-0644.


"Cervical spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials of our patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headaches."

-FCER Evidence Report, McRoy, Penzelen, Hassellblad Gray (2001).

"...For the management of low back pain, chiropractic care is the most effective treatment, and should be fully integrated into the Health Care System."

-The Manga Reports.

Numerous other studies have been performed - and continue to be performed - to further prove the tremendous effectiveness of chiropractic health care.

In Comparison to Other Treatment Alternatives

“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”

– Haas et al. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2005

Patient Satisfaction

“Chiropractic patients were found to be more satisfied with their back care providers after four weeks of treatment than were medical patients. Results from observational studies suggested that back pain patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than with medical care. Additionally, studies conclude that patients are more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with physical therapy after six weeks.”

- Hertzman-Miller et al. American Journal of Public Health. 2002

Popularity of Chiropractic

“Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.”

– Meeker, Haldeman. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2002


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