We all want to feel good and reduce the amount of pain we experience during our lifetime. But, some of the wonderful benefits chiropractic care can help elicit besides reducing pain is improving your overall body function and performance by enhancing the function of your organs, glands, tissues and muscles. Back in 2007, JMPT published the results from a 7-year study looking at clinical utilizations and costs revealing that when a person was utilizing a Chiropractor as their PCP, they were less likely to have the need for hospitalizations, surgeries and drugs during the 7 years compared to an individual not utilizing chiropractic care.
Here are statistics from the study’s results…
- You are 60% less likely to need to be admitted to the hospital
- If you need to be admitted to the hospital, you will spend 59% fewer days there
- You will need 62% fewer outpatient surgeries
- You will spend 85% less money on pharmaceuticals
Check out the abstract from the published journal article Clinical Utilization and Cost Outcomes from an Integrative Medicine Independent Physician Association: An Additional 3-Year Update
Our initial report analyzed clinical and cost utilization data from the years 1999 to 2002 for an integrative medicine independent physician association (IPA) whose primary care physicians (PCPs) were exclusively doctors of chiropractic. This report updates the subsequent utilization data from the IPA for the years 2003 to 2005 and includes first-time comparisons in data points among PCPs of different licensures who were oriented toward complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Independent physician association-incurred claims and stratified random patient surveys were descriptively analyzed for clinical utilization, cost offsets, and member satisfaction compared with conventional medical IPA normative values. Comparisons to our original publication’s comparative blinded data, using nonrandom matched comparison groups, were descriptively analyzed for differences in age/sex demographics and disease profiles to examine sample bias. Clinical and cost utilization based on 70,274 member-months over a 7-year period demonstrated decreases of 60.2% in-hospital admissions, 59.0% hospital days, 62.0% outpatient surgeries and procedures, and 85% pharmaceutical costs when compared with conventional medicine IPA performance for the same health maintenance organization product in the same geography and time frame. During the past 7 years, and with a larger population than originally reported, the CAM-oriented PCPs using a nonsurgical/nonpharmaceutical approach demonstrated reductions in both clinical and cost utilization when compared with PCPs using conventional medicine alone. Decreased utilization was uniformly achieved by all CAM-oriented PCPs, regardless of their licensure. The validity and generalizability of this observation are guarded given the lack of randomization, lack of statistical analysis possible, and potentially biased data in this population.
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 30(4):263-9, June 2007 with 407 Reads. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2007.03.004 Source: PubMed
I know being healthy is one of life’s most important core values. It is remarkable to think that over a 7-year period of time you, your family, your children and your friends have a higher probability of spending less time, energy and resources in the hospital, needing surgeries or pharmaceuticals with regular utilization of chiropractic care. These statistics say it all….let’s get adjusted!