What A 7-Year Study About Chiropractors Revealed
What would an unbiased study on chiropractors, led by a well-renowned medical doctor actually prove? Would the myths about chiropractic finally come out to prove to the chiropractic community that allopathic medicine (drugs, surgery) always come out triumphant?
The first study collected data from 1999 though 2002 with the expanded study done from 2003 to 2005. The lead investigators for both studies ere Dr. Richard Sarnat, MD and Dr. James Winterstein, DC.
For the entire 7-year study period from 1999 to 2005, patients who utilized chiropractors as primary care physicians had 60% fewer hospitalizations, 62% fewer outpatient surgical cases and 85% lower pharmaceutical costs. Incidentally, chiropractors also had higher patient satisfaction scores, too.
Here’s what Dr. Sarnat had to say about the findings: “I have always believed that the over-utilization of pharmaceuticals and surgery, and the underutilization of more natural healing techniques, such as Chiropractic, has been the cause of great suffering. Yet, I had no idea that the magnitude of both clinical improvements and cost effectiveness would approach 50% in both cases.
“Previous studies have shown these types of savings when Chiropractic has been used as a first-line treatment for NMS (neuromusculoskeletal) ailments, instead of conventional medical care. But to see this level of effectiveness across the board for literally all types of clinical presentations within a primary care setting is surprising to me, and good news for the rest of the world.”
The study undoubtedly proves that serving as healthcare providers, chiropractors provide substantial savings for the patient, as well as lowering the need for surgery.
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