Medicare Costs Lower when Seniors with Chronic Low Back Pain Consult Chiropractors
Patients & Friends,
Results of a major study just released show that seniors with chronic low back pain who see a chiropractor have much lower Medicare expenses. The study found that costs were significantly lower among 72,326 patients with multiple medical problems in addition to back pain during the years 2006 to 2012.
The study, by William B. Weeks, MD, PhD, MBA and co-workers, was the first to analyze not only costs of chiropractic care and medical care, but to look at whether back surgery was more or less likely to occur in chiropractor treated patients.
The study found that older patients with multiple medical problems who used only chiropractic during their episode of chronic low back pain, had lower overall costs of care, shorter episodes, and lower care cost than patients in other treatment groups. Patients who combined chiropractic with medical care incurred the next lowest Medicare related costs. Patients who used medical care only incurred the highest costs, and had greater incidence of back surgery within the next year.
Published in the current issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, a peer reviewed journal that appears in Index Medicus, the study was a collaborative effort of scientists from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, Iowa, and the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis.
The scientists concluded that the findings support initial chiropractic use for the treatment of chronic low back pain in seniors, and point to the possible broader chiropractic management of older patients whose illnesses include chronic low back pain.
In addition to providing chiropractic care for senior citizens, doctors of chiropractic generally provide guidance and tips for healthy eating and lifestyle choices, and provide exercise counseling and instruction
Robert A. Leach, DC, MS, FICC(h), CHES
Researchers reviewed data from 72, 326 patients and found lower costs for Medicare, and lower rates of surgery, when seniors with chronic low back pain were seen by doctors of chiropractic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26907615
Chiropractors typically advocate for and incorporate into their practices, healthy lifestyle choices and Leading Health Indicators promoted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21807263
Chiropractors advocate for and promote community and geriatric health: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23069244