Injured at Work?

 Introduction

Injured workers want to heal, start living their lives again and return to work – can chiropractic help?

 

Chiropractic is the largest drug-free, natural health care system in the world. Doctors of Chiropractic correct vertebral subluxations, areas of spinal and skeletal distortion that cause nerve stress, pain, muscle weakness, premature aging and dis-ease or overall body malfunction.

 

Your Doctor of Chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxations and corrects them using safe, gentle “adjustment” techniques.

Does Chiropractic Help

 

On-the-job Injuries?

Study after study reveals that chiropractic gets injured workers out of pain and back on the job faster, with greater patient satisfaction, at less cost, without costly drugs or surgery.

 

A review of 96,627 workers compensation cases for musculoskeletal injuries revealed the average cost of treatment, hospitalization and compensation payments was higher for patients who saw medical doctors than for those who saw Doctors of Chiropractic. Especially significant was that chiropractic patients lost less days from work than medical patients.1

 

Another review of over 900,000 workers’ compensation claims and over 70 published papers found the average claim for a low back injury was $15,884 under medical care (not including cost of medications), but under chiropractic care the cost dropped to $7,632. The authors found that: “Chiropractic care is associated with lower…costs and more rapid recovery in the overwhelming majority of studies.” 2

 

Other studies have found patients receiving chiropractic care experienced significantly lower health care costs with total cost differences of over $1,000.003

 

Why is Chiropractic Less Costly?

A Florida study gives us part of the answer: “Individuals cared for by chiropractors usually didn’t need to be hospitalized…chiropractic was a relatively cost-effective approach to the management of work-related injuries.”4

 

Back to Work Sooner:

Chiropractors sent people back to work 2.3 days earlier than medical doctors and 3.8 days earlier than Osteopaths. Chiropractic cost 1/3rd of medical and 1/5th of osteopathic care. 5 In another study, injured workers seeing chiropractors returned to work in one-quarter the time than injured workers under medical care.6

Not Just Back Pain:

A Virginia study revealed that chiropractic helped people suffering from arthritis, disc disorders, bursitis, low back pain, spinal related sprains, strains and dislocations at less cost than medical and osteopathic care.7

 

A Canadian government study summed it up nicely: “The overwhelming body of evidence shows that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management and many medical therapies are of questionable validity or are clearly inadequate. It is very costly to manage neuro musculoskeletal disorders using traditional medicine. If individuals were able to visit chiropractors a great amount of money would be saved by the government.” 8

 

Always Get a Chiropractic Check-Up After Injury:

Every trauma has the potential to cause vertebral subluxations: an area of abnormal stress in your spine that upsets body balance, impinge, “pinch,” stretch or compress your nerves and affect the health of your muscles, internal organs, discs, bones and brain. A subluxation can cause pain, organ or system malfunction and dis-ease (body malfunction).

 

It must be emphasized that chiropractic is not against necessary medical care. In emergencies all must be done to save life and limb: stopping bleeding, stitching skin, setting the broken ends of bone together, removing bullets, supplying lost bodily fluids, controlling shock and other procedures to stabilize the patient so that they are out of immediate danger. However most, if not all, people leave the emergency room with as much spinal damage as when they entered it.

 

Post-Accident Problems:

Even after the best medical care, people often suffer from pain, weakness and disability months or years later. Taking pain killers, muscle relaxants, various therapies or even having surgery often does not solve the problem. “I feel like a walking medicine cabinet,” is too often the lament of the post-accident victim.

 

Post-accident conditions may include pain or spasms in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, legs, back and face, insomnia, mental dullness, nervousness, anxiety, memory problems, depression, headache, hearing and vision problems, epilepsy, dizziness, loss of energy and urinary tract infections.

 

Anyone who has been in an accident or trauma, whether mild or serious and no matter how long ago, should see a chiropractor to have their spinal column checked for nerve pressure caused by vertebral subluxations. A chiropractic adjustment can make the difference between life and death, between life with pain, disability and sickness and between a life of true recovery, activity and accomplishment.

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  1. Phelan, SP, Armstrong, RC, Knox, DG, Hubka, MJ, Ainbinder, DA An Evaluation of Medical and Chiropractic Provider Utilization and Costs: Treating Injured Workers in North Carolina Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics September 2004 • Volume 27 • Number 7
  2. Chiropractic Treatment of Workers’ Compensation Claimants in the State of Texas. February 2003.
  3. Stano, M.J, A comparison of health care costs for chiropractic and medical patients. Manipulative Physiol Ther June 1993;16(5):291-9.
  4. Wolk, S. “An Analysis of Florida Workers’ Compensation Medical Claims for Back-Related Injuries.” Journal of the American Chiropractic Association 1988; 27(7): 50-59.
  5. Johnson, Me. “A Comparison of Chiropractic, Medical and Osteopathic Care for Work-Related Sprains/Strains.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1989; 12(5): 335-344.
  6. Nyiendo, J. “Disability Low Back Oregon Workers’ Compensation Claims. Part II: Time Loss.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1991 14(4): 231-239.
  7. Deam D. Schmidt, R. – A comparison of the cost of chiropractors versus Alterntive Medical Practitioners. Commissioned by the Virginia Chiropractic Association in 1992.
  8. Manga, Pran. “Enhanced chiropractic coverage under OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) as a means for reducing health care costs, attaining better health outcomes and achieving equitable access to health services.” Report to the Ontario Ministry of Health, 1998
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