Very cool. A new study from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Studies did something I've been hoping they'd do. They looked at 894 cases of low back pain that resulted in worker's compensation claims. They compared the results in these cases based on whether the patients saw a medical doctor, a physical therapist, or a chiropractor. The results were astonishing. The people who saw the medical doctors were 60% more likely than the people who saw the chiropractors to have disability recurrence. The people who were treated by the physical therapist were twice as likely to have a recurrence than the people who saw the chiropractors. Please read that again!
Chiropractors receive more training in treating low back pain without surgery than anyone on earth. This training, coupled with the incredible power of the chiropractic adjustment to help the body to heal itself provides patients with the best chance to obtain the best result in healing. What blows my mind is that every person in the USA is not referred to a Chiropractor as a first contact when low back pain occurs. I am not anti-MD or anti-physical therapist--I refer patient to both professions when its appropriate, but I do believe, and the facts support, that we'd have a healthier country if Chiropractic were the first treatment option for all musculoskeletal injuries.