Recent studies in the US examining the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care versus conventional medicine has found that spinal manipulation therapy is more cost-effective for neck and low back pain compared to GP care, physiotherapy or exercise.
The conclusion is that chiropractic care saves you money!
A study compared care costs of a patient under the direction of a chiropractor as their primary care physician (PCP) versus a medical doctor.
After 70,000 member-months spanning a 7-year period, hospital admission costs were decreased by 60.2 percent, cost of days spent in the hospital were decreased by 59.0 percent, and outpatient surgeries and procedures were down by 62.0 percent.
If these numbers were not astonishing enough, the costs associated with pharmaceuticals decreased by 85 percent when compared to conventional medically driven care. All of these comparisons were done in the same time frame, geography, and health maintenance organization product.
The message would seem to be clear, but only recently have insurance providers and the medical industry began accepting chiropractic care as a viable and cost-effective treatment for neck and low back pain.