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Increase in Chiropractic Patients With Work-Related Injuries

The above headline comes from a Healthmall.com report of a release from the July 21st 2000 Journal of the American Chiropractic Association. In this article it is reported that there is more evidence of chiropractic effectiveness in returning injured workers back to work both quicker, and more affordably than other forms of care. According to the report one such study showed a consistent 2 to 1 advantage of chiropractic care over medical care for injured workers. As far as expenses for such care, another study showed that costs in cases managed by doctors of chiropractic increased only 12% between 1986 and 1989, while treatment costs in cases managed by medical doctors increased 71% during the same period.

Historically, the medical community has been slow to embrace the chiropractic approach for injured workers however, based on new evidence the article reports that, "some doctors of chiropractic are experiencing an increase in the number of patients with work-related injuries who are being referred to them by medical doctors."