Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care

by admin on February 11, 2012

There is a great ongoing debate about whether chiropractic care is effective.  Here is a very thorough study on the savings experienced from health care dollars and cost savings to the employer. 

This study is documented from the Council on Chiropractic Practice. Vertebral subluxation in chiropractic practice. Chandler (AZ): Council on Chiropractic Practice; 2008. 318 p

Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Services

Studies suggest that chiropractic care, when implemented broadly, would result in significant savings of health care dollars. Substantial health benefits and cost savings to the employer are documented when chiropractic benefits are added to the employee benefits package.

One of the earliest and best estimates of the potential savings with chiropractic comes from a 1996 study by Stano and Smith. Their study compares health insurance payments and patient utilization patterns for episodes of care for common lumbar and low back conditions treated by chiropractic vs. medical providers.

The Chiropractic Care Study

Using two years of insurance claims data, this study examines 6,183 patients who had episodes with medical or chiropractic first-contact providers. Multiple regression analysis, to control for differences in patient, clinical, and insurance characteristics, indicates that total insurance payments were substantially greater for episodes with a medical first-contact provider. The mean total payment when chiropractic doctors were the first providers was $518, whereas the mean payment for cases in which a medical doctor (MD) was the first provider was $1,020 (i.e., almost a 50% cost savings when chiropractors are part of the health team).

Several years later, a ground breaking randomized clinical trial (RCT) evaluated the financial impact of provider assignment in the management of neck pain. Patients who saw general practitioners for neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs). Throughout this 52-week study, patients rated their perceived recovery, intensity of pain and functional disability. Manual therapy proved to be the most effective treatment for neck pain. The clinical outcome measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. While achieving this superior outcome, the total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third the cost of physiotherapy or general practitioner (MD) care.


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Chiropractor Atlanta – Can You Afford One?

by admin on January 16, 2012

The real question is can you afford NOT to have a Chiropractor. Atlanta is lucky to have an awesome Chiropractor named Rene Acosta who runs his practice in a way that allows his patients to pay a flat monthly fee for unlimited adjustments.  There are individual and family plans available.  

 My Plan – My Story

I am a living testimonial to the miracle of Chiropractic.   Actually I have a family that is living testimonial to the power of Chiropractic.  I will tell you a little story.   This is what happened just this last weekend.  January 14, 2012. 

I have set up my entire family – My Wife, two daughters and two sons and myself on the family plan.  That means we can all get adjusted, anytime we want and as many times as we want in a month for one flat fee.  It's around $100 a month –  FOR THE FAMILY.   Well my wife had not been in a while and my daughter, who just started going about 2 months ago could not wait to go on Saturday.  My daughter was constantly popping her neck and it was becoming a chronic pain for her.  She is 16 years old.   When I first brought her to Rene he knew she had been doing it and asked her if she popped her neck.  She said, Yes.  I don't know how he knew this, he just did.   He told her she needed to stop or it would become a big problem.  

Over the last couple of months she has gone to maybe 6 or 7 adjustments.  On Saturday she confessed that she has not been popping her neck, in fact it won't pop anymore.  She has been feeling a lot better and loves going to the Chiropractor.  

My wife who has some bad neck and back problems at times went on Saturday and could not stop talking about how good she felt.  She has not been going consistently but the adjustment she received on Saturday greatly improved her mobility.  

I have been going pretty regularly over the last 6 or 7 months.  Chiropractic has solved different issues over the past 15 years of pretty intense athletics and work.  Now I teach Muay Thai kickboxing and there are times when things get a little out of wack.  Consistent adjustments has helped to keep me healthy and strong at 47. 

If you are on the fence about Chiropractic, please give Rene a try.  Fill out the form on the right and schedule you first visit.   It's painless and affordable.  I promise. 

 

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