There are four new studies that show how the healthcare industry is moving towards a care model that incorporates chiropractic care. Chiropractic care, which is a drug-free approach to treating back, neck and headache pain, is becoming the choice recommendation of physicians and medical organizations as the opioid epidemic has risen.
The following are the studies:
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
An study by the The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine evaluated nine clinics that had integrated chiropractic into their care model, which reported high satisfaction among patients, administrators, support staff and clinicians using the following markers:
- Patient clinical outcomes
- Patient satisfaction
- Provider productivity
- Cost offset
JAMA Network Open
JAMA Network Open performed a clinical trial that compared patients receiving care that included chiropractic along with the usual medical care with patients who just received standard medical care. The study found that “patients who received usual medical care plus chiropractic care reported a statistically significant moderate improvement in low back pain intensity and disability at six weeks compared with those who received usual care alone.”
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
The study by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics was intended to form an integrated care pathway for physicians to manage lower back pain in veterans. A new standardized approach to using, referring and managing chiropractic care for lower back pain in veterans was developed which put chiropractic care into a tier 1 integrative pain treatment modality.
Chiropractic & Manual Therapies
A study by the Chiropractic & Manual Therapies interviewed 60 individuals on the benefits chiropractors can bring into a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team. The study highlighted the specific attributes chiropractors bring to the table, which enhance patient outcomes and care.