Chiropractic and Cost Effectiveness

Healthcare costs are important to everyone.

Each year, it seems that we spend more and more money on our basic health needs, and we hear from our patients how they appreciate that chiropractic care can help them keep their health costs lower with non-invasive, non-drug treatment.

A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has confirmed what our patients say: chiropractic care can help reduce medical expenses.

In this study, researchers compared businesses that had on-site chiropractic care to those who did not. They found that off-site chiropractic patients had a higher rate of initial radiology services (like MRI’s, ultrasounds, and CT scans). They also had more repeat radiology visits. Furthermore, off-site chiropractic patients experienced “significantly higher outpatient utilization”.

Off-site chiropractic patients even reported to the emergency room more often than individuals who engaged in on-site chiropractic care. It should be noted, the off-site group had more chiropractic and physical therapy visits than the on-site group.

Chiropractic has proven to be a safe and effective way to treat back pain, auto injuries, sciatica, headache, and many other health conditions. If you’d like to improve your health naturally and save money on your healthcare costs, give chiropractic a try.

Even if you have good health insurance, deductibles and co-pays can seriously cut into your budget

This can potentially put you in a position of choosing between obtaining quality care and paying your monthly bills. But what if you didn’t have to make that choice? What if you could afford to both care for your health and your family’s needs? One study suggests that this is a distinct possibility, at least, when you choose chiropractic care.

A review published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

The review involved assessing of a number of publications, It compared various study results in regard to cost of treatment in general medicine and alternative manual therapies. Manual therapies are defined as: nonsurgical therapies that involve a healthcare professional using his or her hands for diagnosis. Included in the definition is treatment of certain physical conditions. Chiropractic and osteopathy fall under this definition. The goal was to determine whether one method was more cost-effective than another. Thus concluding whether patients saved money when it came to receiving necessary medical care.

The first step that researchers took was ascertaining the validity of the studies in this area.

To choose only the best research possible, they gave each study a score. That score determined risk of bias in patient selection, actual performance of the study, and the number of subjects who actually completed the entire piece of research. This resulted in only 25 publications out of more than 25,000 being declared valid enough for the review.

A majority of the 25 studies involved patients with generalized pain in their back, neck, shoulders, or ankles.

Some patients sought with treatment with a general practitioner.  Others received care via manual therapy practitioners. The cost of each treatment was calculated, allowing researchers to determine which method of treatment was generally more expensive.

The findings

Researchers concluded that manual therapy is, on average, more cost-effective than treatment by general medicine practitioners. This means that there is an economic advantage of choosing chiropractic care over other forms of medical treatment.

As a side note, the researchers also suggested that more valid studies be conducted in order to learn more about this area.

If you want quality care and you want save money, chiropractic is the perfect solution.

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