Patients in Medicare Demonstration Project Give Their Chiropractors High Marks
When asked to rate their satisfaction on a 10-point scale: 87 percent of patients in the study gave their doctor of chiropractic a level of 8 or higher, and 56 percent of those patients rated their chiropractor with a perfect 10.
Consumer Reports Lists Chiropractic Patients As Most Satisfied
A study in the May issue of Consumer Reports shows that hands-on therapies were top 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. The report states that, “eighty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were ‘completely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their chiropractor.”
Chiropractic Services in the Canadian Armed Forces: A Pilot Project
This article reports on satisfaction associated with the introduction of chiropractic services within a military hospital, through a Canadian Armed Forces Pilot Project on 102 military personnel presenting for on-site chiropractic services at the Archie McCallum Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The majority of military personnel (94.2%) and referring physicians (80.0%) expressed satisfaction with chiropractic services.
In a 7 year study it was found that with people who sought chiropractic care had the following benefits:
Reduced days in hospital by 59%
Reduced hospital admissions by 60%
Reduced outpatient surgeries by 62%
Reduced drug costs by 85%
This comprehensive government study reviewed all the published literature on low back pain and concluded that:
Chiropractic is extremely safe and has an amazing track record. Recently it has been calculated by epidemiologist Dr Scott Haldemann that the estimated incidence of stroke following cervical manipulation was found to be one per 5.85 million cervical adjustments. That means that for an average chiropractor they would have to work for 1430 years before encountering such a case!
Only 8 cases of low back disc injury as a complication of chiropractic care have been reported over the last 80 years in the French, German and English literature. This sort of safety record is unheard of with medical intervention.
The Journal of the American Medical Association released new guidelines for back pain treatment that encouraged patients to seek chiropractic and physical therapy before resorting to surgery.
Patients with lumbar disc herniation were randomly assigned to receive either nerve root injections or chiropractic care. Overall, 76% of chiropractic patients reported feeling “better” or “much better” after treatment compared to just 62.5% of injection patients.
Hypertensive patients had reduced diastolic blood pressure readings after receiving chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic care was better than physical therapy or injections of corticosteroids for sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Cervical manipulation was shown to improve joint position sense, which could assist in improving mobility in patients with neck pain.
Military personnel with back pain had a significantly better chance of recovery when they received a combined treatment of chiropractic and medical care, compared to those who only received medical care.
Patients with myofascial pain experienced immediate improvements in pressure pain thresholds after receiving chiropractic adjustments.
A study of patients with cervical radiculopathy showed that 85% experienced significant reductions in pain and disability after receiving chiropractic care for three months.
Chiropractic Thaws Frozen Shoulder Syndrome: Patients had a 78% improvement in pain after receiving chiropractic care for frozen shoulder syndrome.
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