- on June 3, 2010
On June 16, 2009, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius submitted a report to Congress, evaluating chiropractic services under Medicare. A survey was conducted of 3,464 people seeking chiropractic care for pain and/or difficulty walking, whose symptoms were described as severe or very severe, with 2/3 of those patients reporting that their symptoms "interfered considerably" in their usual daily activities. They were treated with chiropractic adjustments and various physical therapy modalities like EMS, ultrasound, ice and heat.
The astonishing results (to those outside chiropractic, anyway) were as follows: of the approximately 2500 people who responded to the survey, 60% of the respondents got “complete” or “a lot” of symptomatic relief from chiropractic care, with 87% reporting a satisfaction rating of 8, 9, or 10. The patients who received “moderate” or “complete” relief from treatment by other strategies, like pills, injections, or surgery was – 11%.
If my math is right, then it’s about five times more likely that a patient suffering from neuro-musculo-skeletal symptoms will respond to chiropractic care better than other disciplines. If I was suffering from severe neuro-musculo-skeletal symptoms, I think I’d want to know that.
If you were hurting, wouldn’t you want the approach that gave five times better results?