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Chiropractic Care: Facts & Statistics

  • Low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States (1,2).
  • Back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 (3).
  • Seventy to 85 percent of all people have back pain at some time in their life (3).
  • A recent study by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee concluded their low back pain patients could save them 40% if that patient starts their care with a chiropractor.  The estimated annual savings for BC/BS of Tennessee during the study was $2.3 million (4).
  • A study done by the U.S. Military concluded that satisfaction for chiropractic care was 80-93% very satisfied, compared to an average of 50-60% with medical doctors and physical therapy (5).
  • Research shows that approximately 30 days after the onset of a fixated joint, arthritic processes begin to set in.  The time period may even be shorter (6).

We can help you with:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis (including rheumatoid)
  • Pregnancy-related pain
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • TMJ (jaw) dysfunction
  • Sports injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Numbness/tingling/weakness of the extremities
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Disc problems
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Running related injuries (TFL or IT band syndrome, shin splints, knee pain, etc.)
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Many others

And these, too

We may also be able to help you or your loved ones with conditions that seemingly have nothing to do with your spine and joints, such as:

  • Earaches
  • Chronic sinus problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Reproductive system issues
  • Indigestion
  • Asthma
  • Colicky babies
  • Bedwetting
  • Other “how can chiropractic help with that?!” conditions.

How is that so?

If you have a misalignment of the spine, you most likely have hypertonic muscles and irritated tissues in that area.  The “yucky stuff” (neurotransmitters) that build up in those tissues inappropriately spill over into the neighboring nerves that feed the organs and other tissues in that spinal segment.  This might affect the messages that are being delivered by the nervous system to those organs and tissues.  For the brainiacs and insomniacs out there, try Googling “facilitated segment theory,” “Korr,” or “Gatterman-Goe model for myofascial pain.”

We can’t guarantee we will cure these or any condition, but if your son had a spinal misalignment right over the nerves that supply his bladder, and he had problems bedwetting, wouldn’t you want that misalignment removed?

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Footnotes

1. Hart LG, Deyo RA, Cherkin DC. Physician office visits for low back pain. Frequency, clinical evaluation, and treatment patterns from a U.S. national survey. Spine. 1995;20:11-9. [PMID: 7709270]

2. Deyo RA, Mirza SK, Martin BI. Back pain prevalence and visit rates: estimates from U.S. national surveys, 2002. Spine. 2006;31:2724-7. [PMID: 17077742]

3. “Low Back Pain.” The Ohio State University Medical Center. n.d. Web. Feb 9, 2011.

4. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee study.  Go to http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=4197 for article.

5. Bart N. Green, DC, MSEd, Claire D. Johnson, DC, MSEd, Anthony J. Lisi, DC, and John Tucker, PhD. Chiropractic practice in military and veterans health care: The state of the literature. J Can Chiropractic Assoc. 2009 August; 53(3): 194–204.

6. Lantz, Charles A.  Immobilization Degeneration and the Fixation Hypothesis of Chiropractic Subluxations.  Chiro Res J 1988, 1 (1) Spring: 21-46.