The Chiropractic Approach
Chiropractic has been a blessing to millions of people hurt on the job, often saving them from years of pain, disability, drugs and surgery. Most workman's compensation plans cover chiropractic care.
Hurt on the job? You're not alone--millions of people are suffering from all types of job injuries ranging from the stress of working in a bad position, improper lifting, carrying, falling and other traumas. Among the most common on-the-job injuries is back injury. That is one of the reasons why 85% of the population will experience disabling back pain at least once during their lives! That is almost all of us.
WHAT DOES WORKERS' COMPENSATION STUDIES REVEAL?
Among the most common on-the-job injury is spinal injury. As one expert has stated: We are now facing an epidemic of lower back disability in all western societies. Studies from a number of different states have shown what chiropractors have been saying for decades: "Hurt on the job? See your chiropractor."
FLORIDA STUDY: Claims from 10,000 cases (1985-86) showed: under standard medical care the patient was disabled for 59 days; under chiropractic: 39 days. Because of the shortened disability time the average cost of chiropractic care was less than half that of medical care for the same conditions.
UTAH STUDY: A study of 3,062 back injury claims revealed chiropractic care cost a fraction of what medical care would have cost. People under medical care returned to work after 21 days, those under chiropractic returned to work after 3 days.
OREGON STUDY: An Oregon study revealed that under medical care 41% could return to work after one week, but under chiropractic care 82% were able to return to work after one week.
CALIFORNIA STUDY: C. Richard Wolf, M.D. compared 500 people sent to medical doctors and 500 sent to chiropractors. The chiropractic patients returned to the job after 15.6 days, while those under medical care remained disabled 32 days.
THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES:
"Scientific studies...show that doctors of chiropractic relieve chronic and severe pain, both immediate and long term, in one half the time it takes medical physicians not trained in chiropractic procedures. There are now in excess of 60 scientific studies which demonstrate the value of manipulation, a most effective and cost-effective form of treatment for problems of spinal dysfunction in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines."
Since studies have shown chiropractic to be more beneficial and cost effective than standard American medicine for lower back complaints, it would therefore appear that the prudent thing for those with back injuries and lower back sprain/strains would be to consult with a doctor of chiropractic before resorting to medical treatments which cost more, are less effective, and are more traumatic to the body.
Why does chiropractic have such an enviable record in low back pain? Because painkillers, muscle relaxers, braces, physical therapy, and surgery are not designed to correct spinal nerve stress--chiropractic is! Most workman's compensation plans cover chiropractic care.
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