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The Cost Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care

Evidence of the cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care is mixed due to the nature of the condition. However, most studies show that chiropractic is more cost effective than other treatment options.

  • In 1996, Mosley, Cohen, and Arnold concluded that chiropractic care was substantially more cost-effective for back and neck pain than conventional care.
  • A 1993 study by Stano compared the health care cost to 395,641 patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Results from this two-year study demonstrated that the patients that received chiropractic care incurred much lower costs than those treated by medical doctors or osteopaths.
  • The Journal of American Health Policy reported a 1992 review of over 2,000,000 users of chiropractic care. The report stated that chiropractic users tend to have “lower total health care costs…reducing the use of both physician and hospital care.”
  • A study of work-related back pain claims in Australia found that the percentage of cases managed by chiropractic was half that of cases managed by medical doctors. In addition, the likelihood of a patient going into a chronic state was three times more likely under medical management.
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