Chiropractic Treatment Beats Physical Therapy For Back Pain
Chiropractic vs Physical Therapy
A new report has looked further into the effectiveness of chiropractic by comparing it to physical therapy treatment and studying the long-term benefits of chiropractic.
The patients continued to consume more health care after the study period, but not all treatments caused this increased consumption. The researchers were able to examine how much each treatment method contributed and determine which ones might be better for future generations of retirees who need long-term assistance with their medical needs.
Chiropractic care, on the other hand, was found to actually reduce the amount of health care that patients consumed over time. This is likely because chiropractic adjustments are focused on correcting the root cause of pain, rather than simply providing temporary relief. When the source of pain is addressed, patients often find that their overall health improves, and they require less medical care as a result.
This study provides valuable insight into the ways that different types of health care can impact a person’s overall health and well-being. It is clear that some forms of care, like chiropractic, can actually reduce the amount of health care that patients need over time.
The authors found: 38% of the chiropractic care patients and 54% of the physical therapy patients sought care for their back pain during the one-year follow-up. Chiropractic patients had an average of 2.2 visits to a health care provider after the treatment period, whereas physical therapy patients averaged 6 visits after a one-year period.
Therefore, the authors concluded that chiropractic was more effective for pain relief, as patients required less frequent ongoing treatments. Chiropractic may also be more cost-effective for treating back pain, as patients require fewer healthcare visits over time.