Consumer Reports Recommends Chiropractic
The latest issue of Consumer Reports – June 2017 – has as its cover article “Real Relief from Back Pain.” It speaks of a “revolution” in treatment, prompted by research, that shows that chiropractic, physical therapy and yoga can help just as much for back pain as surgery or drugs, but with far fewer risks.
How Has This Happened?
Consumer Reports contends that too many tests and expensive treatments have driven up the costs of low back care, but have not provided better outcomes in terms of reducing pain or disability. The magazine points to a 2013 study reported on in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that between 1999 and 2010, “powerful narcotic medicines were being prescribed 51 percent more, CT and MRI scans jumped by 57 percent, and referrals to surgeons, neurologists and other specialists more than doubled.” Furthermore, Consumer Reports contends that “opioid pain drugs and unnecessary tests and treatments can delay recovery and healing.”
What is Bringing About These Changes to Conservative Care?
Two factors have combined to shift the focus from drugs and surgery to conservative therapies like chiropractic: evidence-based research and costs. Every year more studies show that chiropractic is effective and safe. And with the increasing focus on reducing costs, surgeries that cost tens of thousands of dollars do more than raise eyebrows among insurance company and government executives when such treatments offer no better outcomes than care often costing less than a thousand dollars.
The Mainstreaming of Alternative Medicine?
One individual is focused upon: Thomas Sells. His treatment from the Veterans Administration for his chronic low back injury suffered during the Vietnam War is very different from what he received years ago. The VA, like about 80 percent of insurance carriers as well as Medicare, pays for chiropractic services. As Consumer Reports says, “those treatments used to be considered fringe, but no more. Growing research shows that a combination of hands-on therapies and other nondrug measures can be just as effective as more traditional forms of back care, including drugs and surgery. And they’re much safer”
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Yours for Better Health:
Jon Mills, DC