November 3, 2015
Let's face it: cost is an important factor when we're considering our health-care options. We want quality care that works without racking up unnecessary medical bills.
A growing body of research shows that chiropractic is both effective and less expensive than more invasive medical treatments.
In a recent study
, researchers analyzed the medical spending of over 12,000 adults with spine conditions. They discovered that people who use alternative therapies have lower annual health-care costs compared to patients receiving traditional treatments.
Chiropractic care contributed significantly to reduced costs since chiropractic accounted for 75% of alternative therapy use.
has found that chiropractic prevented recurring disability in patients with back pain which could help to minimize medical spending.
Studies have also suggested that chiropractic cuts costs for patients by helping them avoid unnecessary procedures, tests, surgeries, and expensive drugs.
Instead, chiropractors work to harness the body's innate healing capabilities with a combination of natural, effective modalities.
November 3, 2015
Frozen Shoulder Syndrome Eased By Chiropractic
A new case study suggests chiropractic can provide significant relief of frozen shoulder syndrome.
Frozen shoulder syndrome, or FSS, is a painful condition causing night pain and restricted shoulder range of motion. Medical treatments for FSS often include stretching or injections of medications and steroids. Unfortunately, these treatments do not always provide lasting results in many patients.
To see if chiropractic could help, a recent case study
evaluated the effects of chiropractic spinal adjustments in patients with FSS. After 1-2 months of chiropractic care, 98% of patients had significantly improved range of motion, and 32% of patients had completely regained normal shoulder adduction.
Patients also experienced substantial improvements in pain, with the median average pain score dropping from a 9 out of 10 to a 2 out of 10.
This case study suggests chiropractic care is a viable option for patients with frozen shoulder syndrome. Earlier research
has shown that manual therapies like chiropractic are effective for pain in the shoulder and upper back.
November 3, 2015
Chiropractic Adjustments Produce Immediate Results Visible on MRI
New research helps to explain why chiropractic is so effective for low-back pain. Using MRI scans, researchers were able to document the immediate benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Patients with low-back pain have restricted mobility in the lumbar spine that results in degenerative changes and fibrous adhesions within the joints of the vertebrae.
Researchers hypothesized that chiropractic adjustments increase gapping between the joints of the vertebrae, which breaks up adhesions and allows the joints to move freely.
In a new study
, 112 patients with low-back pain were randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic adjustments, side-posture positioning, or two control treatments.
Immediately after the treatment, they received an MRI scan that allowed researchers to analyze spinal gapping.
The chiropractic patients had the most substantial spinal gapping, and patients treated with a combination of chiropractic adjustments and side-posture positioning had the greatest reduction in pain.
This study shows how chiropractic can restore spinal health to decrease disability and pain.