IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE COST-EFFECTIVE?
A few months ago, a medical journal (JMPT) published a study done by a group of medical doctors from Warwick Medical School in Coventry, England called Cost Effectiveness of Manual Therapy for Musculoskeletal Conditions. Although there was no new research done, the data from 25 past studies was crunched to see if there were any emerging patterns or trends concerning the cost and effectiveness of manipulative therapy when compared to physical therapy or visits to the family doctor.
The study stated that, "Chiropractic manipulation was found to be less costly and more effective than alternative treatment compared with either physiotherapy or GP care in improving neck pain.... indicating that some manual therapy techniques may be more cost-effective than usual GP care, spinal stabilization, GP advice, advice to remain active, or brief pain management for improving low back and shoulder pain/disability." Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. Information like this has been around for decades (HERE). Cover ups and half-truths are the nature of "EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE". But stop and think for a moment about what this study is really saying.
CHIROPRACTIC is more effective than ADVICE, stabilization (simply putting people in a brace), or brief pain management (NARCOTICS, NSAIDS, and CORTICOSTEROIDS). And none of these even begins to delve into that dirty little secret of the medical community --- the fact that according to published research, the average family practitioner has utterly no idea how to diagnose or effectively treat musculoskeletal problems (and most particularly NECK PAIN), even though these are a huge part of their daily patient load (HERE).
What is effective for helping patients suffering with acute or long-standing musculoskeletal problems? For my two cents, a combination of SCAR TISSUE REMODELING, Chiropractic Adjustments, COLD LASER THERAPY, and NUTRITION with an emphasis on diminishing INFLAMMATION (HERE is a link to Dr. David Seaman's anti-inflammatory diet). It stands to reason that this regimen will require some degree of STRETCHING and STRENGTHENING exercises as well (much of this is built-in in my clinic's protocols). For proof that this combination is both effective and cost-effective, take just a moment to watch a few of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS. When you watch, make sure to mentally take note of how much money people were spending prior to coming here (MRI & CT SCANS, tests, specialists, DANGEROUS DRUGS, etc)
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).