Based upon the Joint Report to the Governor (2009) and the statistics rendered by Cifuentes et al. (2011), the savings with chiropractic care utilized exclusive from medicine and physical therapy ranges from $1,759,942,556 with physical therapy to $3,983,027,890 with medicine. Understanding that most medical physicians utilize physical therapy as a primary tool for back related pain, we will average the savings to $2,871,485,223 by utilizing chiropractic care.
Cifuentes et. al (2011) started by stating, “Given chiropractors are proponents of health maintenance care…patients with work related Low back pain who are treated by chiropractors would have a lower risk of recurrent disability because that specific approach would be used (p. 396). They concluded by stating, ” After controlling for demographic factors and multiple severity indicators, patients suffering nonspecific work-related LBP who received health services mostly or only from a chiropractor had a lower risk of recurrent disability than the risk of any other provider type (Cifuentes et. al, 2011, p. 404).
Work Related Injuries, Recurring Low Back Pain, Chronic Care and Chiropractic Treatment:
A Proven Solution to Save Federal, State and Private Insurers $2,871,485,223
Workers Compensation Boards, public and private insurers and governmental agencies who assume the risk of the injured have an underutilized avenue to save billions. It is called chiropractic care.
In difficult economic times, politics and special interests are driving the cost of healthcare upwards to maintain the status quo. I urge you to share this will your local, state and federal elected officials so that we can contain healthcare costs, lower insurance premiums and lower our taxes. A more cost effective solution to one of the most common symptoms seen in a doctor’s office will end up saving you money.
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