Archive for Research Articles

Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic

Historically, chiropractors have promoted chiropractic management of back pain as a cost effective approach to alleviating this condition. The following studies support this assertion: A study conducted in the United States involving 395,641 patients with one or more of 493 neuromusculoskeletal conditions was undertaken to compare the health care c...

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The Wilk vs. AMA Lawsuit

Another inquiry that further validated chiropractic came about through an antitrust suit filed by four members of the chiropractic profession against the American Medical Association (AMA). and a number of other medical organizations in the United States (Wilk et al v. AMA et al, No.90-542, October 1990). In 1987, following 11 years of legal action...

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Another noteworthy study was conducted in 1987 by the Swedish government’s Commission on Alternative Medicine. It reached conclusions consistent with the New Zealand and Australian studies and also stated that: Chiropractors with the Doctor of Chiropractic degree should become registered practitioners and be brought within the national insura...

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The New Zealand Commission of Inquiry

Another particularly significant study of chiropractic was conducted by the New Zealand Commission of Inquiry. In its 377-page report to the House of Representatives, the Commission states that their report followed an extended (two-year) inquiry which at that time was “probably the most comprehensive and detailed independent examination of c...

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Government and Legal Inquiries

Chiropractic is legally recognized or allowed to be practiced without official sanction in approximately 39 countries. Varying degrees of investigation into the appropriateness of chiropractic treatment preceded the official stance of these countries. In recent years, the Canadian and United States governments have begun requiring that health profe...

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Utilization and Public Opinion Surveys

Additional studies have assessed the utilization and acceptance of chiropractic services throughout Canada and the United States. A few of these studies are described in subsequent paragraphs: A survey in the province of Ontario revealed that a majority of MDs in family practice (62%) were referring patients to chiropractors. Nearly half of these ...

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The AHCPR panel

A 23-member committee of medical doctors, nurses, chiropractic doctors, experts in spine research, physical therapists, a psychologist, an occupational therapist and a consumer representative — concluded, among other things, that: spinal manipulation is a recommended treatment for acute low back problems in adults; conservative treatment such...

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The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

On December 8, 1994, The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released an extensive study of diagnostic and treatment methods for acute low back pain. This condition is the most common health complaint experienced by working Americans today, and a condition which costs the ......

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The Journal of the American Chiropractic Association

This February 2000 article reviews new research from Japan that uses live human volunteers as test subjects in rear-impact collisions to assess the forces acting on the spine during a whiplash injury. The research validates that even in very low speed collisions, the cervical spine is forced into a S-shaped configuration that can damage facet-join...

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“Chronic Pain Behavior after a Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Injury: A Case Report” by Dr. Scott R. Storozuk, D.C. and Dr. Anna N. Storozuk, D.C. won the 1998 Literary Award from the Virginia Chiropractic Association.  The article reports on a Whiplash injury case where the patient exhibited chronic pain behavior.  Even though th...

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