Patients’ Satisfaction with Chiropractic Care

When it comes to making important choices about treatment options for back pain,
it’s worth looking at the experiences of others who have found something that
works.  In recent years, the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center has surveyed
the magazine’s subscribers to do just that.  In April and May 2009, Consumer
Reports released some of its findings publicly.  A summary appears below.

About the Survey Participants

* More than 14,000 participants who
had suffered from lower-back pain in the prior year but had never had back
surgery.
* More than half reported that pain severely limited their daily
routine for a week or longer.
* Many reported that pain interfered with
sleep, sex and efforts to maintain a healthy weight.
* 88% reported that the
pain recurred through the year.
* Most had tried five or six different
treatments.

How Respondents Ranked the Healthcare Providers Who Had
Treated Them

Healthcare Provider
Percent Who Were Highly Satisfied
With Treatment and Advice*
Chiropractor
59%
Physical
Therapist+
55%
Acupuncturist
53%
Physician,
Specialist
44%
Physician, Primary Care
34%*Defined as either
Completely Satisfied or Very Satisfied.
+Difference in ranking for Physical
Therapist and Acupuncturist were not statistically significant.

How
Respondents Ranked Selected Back Pain Therapies

Therapy
Percentage Who
Reported that the Therapy Helped a Lot
Chiropractic
Manipulation
58%
Prescription Drugs
45%
Over-the-Counter Drugs

22%
In July 2011, Consumer Reports published an updated report describing
how Americans use alternative approaches to healthcare as well as their
experience with various therapies and their providers.  Chiropractic care once
again was reported to be the most popular approach to back pain relief and was
ranked most highly in terms of patient satisfaction.

Your Doctor of
Chiropractic can help relieve back pain and restore mobility by using a
drug-free, hands-on technique called “spinal manipulation” or “chiropractic
adjustment”.  He or she may also use other manual therapies, such as massage, to
complement this primary treatment.  In addition, many chiropractors are skilled
in designing exercise and nutrition programs for their patients that will help
their bodies resist injury and function properly.  By focusing on both immediate
pain relief and the underlying causes of back pain, your chiropractor can help
you achieve a healthier overall lifestyle.

Every body is different. If
you have questions about this article or whether chiropractic is an appropriate
choice for your specific situation, please ask. We are here to help! Please visit www.DrCarlisleDC.com for more information

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