Posted by Dr. Mathew Stockstad, Asheville – Fairview Chiropractic
A very interesting research article on how Chiropractic care could be used in our health care system to save Individuals and their insurance companies money in terms of treatment costs and patient suffering.
Workers’ Compensation Update: Chiropractic Care More Valuable and Cost-Efficient For Low Back Pain vs. Physician Care, Physical Therapy
CARMICHAEL, Calif. – June 2, 2011 – A recent study conducted by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession, “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association with Disability Recurrence,” (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011, Vol. 53 Is. 4, p: 396-404) concludes chiropractic care to be more effective for common, work-related, low back pain (LBP), when compared to treatment by a physical therapist or physician. Overall, chiropractic patients illustrated lower medical expenses, fewer disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disability.
Researchers compared disability episodes across types of healthcare providers who treat claimants with new episodes of work-related LBP. After an analysis of 894 workers’ compensation cases, it was concluded that the preventive healthcare, predominantly and explicitly recommended by chiropractic doctors, is associated with lower disability recurrences.
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