in April 2011 the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published that with work related low back pain, the risk of disability recurrence is lower for patients treated primarily (more than 50% of the time or higher) by a doctor of chiropractic than for patients treated primarily by a medical physician or a physical therapist. Recurrence was defined in terms of disability following the patients return to work. Patients receiving health maintenance or supportive care from chiroprators were significantly less likely to have a recurrence of pain that removed them from the work place within the first 14 days of returning to work. 11420 cases of nonspecific low back pain were looked at in this study titled “Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and In Association with Disability Recurrence” by Manuel Cifuentes. It was found that the physical therapy group had the highest level of recurrent (16.9%), and the only or mostly chiropractic had (6.5%) recurrence. 12.5% pf those receiving traditional medical physicians care experienced a recurrence.
Year’s ago the Manga study out of Canada suggested millions a year in health care could be saved by making chiropractors the mandatory portal of entry health care provider for musculoskeletal complaints. A few years later, Kaiser found that patients receiving chiropractic averaged less dollars a year spent on overall health care. This study is suggesting that employers, employees and each states worker’s compensation system would benefit from using chiropractors as portal of entry for musculoskeletal low back pain incurred at work. Ironically, in Missouri, getting employers to authorize chiropractic for these patients is like getting milk from a stone. . .
What will it take before common sense and chiropractic prevail in the musculoskeletal market?