Before we share the article, though, we would like to make some observations. First, the study did not take into account applying ice to the affected area, which is another simple thing a patient can do at home. Since we give away ice packs for home use, applying ice is something else that you can do at home for little to no cost.*
Secondly, the chiropractors in the study saw their patients for an average of 15 visits; since we opened in 2010 our average patient has been here 5.46 visits. Some of those patients have had multiple injuries over those couple of years, and the vast majority of our patients are discharged from care by us with only a very small percentage dropping out of care on their own. Why is our average so much lower than the study average and why are our patients compliant all the way through to discharge? We can't answer that question for certain, but part of the reason is our conscious effort to get people well fast instead of trying to milk their insurance for all it is worth or trying to get them to commit to three visits a week for the rest of their lives. Additionally, the study touches on our something else that we have seen to be true: Coupling chiropractic with simple exercises and ice packs that we teach you how to use at home can get you the best results faster while keeping your healthcare costs down.
Our third observation is that even though chiropractic and exercises may be more effective drugs, they sometimes are not enough to resolve a problem and patients need medical or surgical attention for optimal recovery. Most chiropractors have a good grasp on their scope of practice and are pretty good at referring folks out to their family doctor or a specialist when necessary or if the patient doesn't respond as expected to chiropractic care. Our advice is to make sure that your chiropractor is one of the ones that is willing to do this.
Lastly, we always encourage our patients to see a health care professional before starting any exercise program, but this is especially true if you are exercising an injured part of your body. Exercising a dysfunctional joint to the point of pain or doing the wrong exercises often makes the problem worse, not better.
At the time this blog is being posted the New York Times article can be found here. However, if you keep reading you can also see the article in its entirety below so that you can read it and draw your own conclusions even after the link goes bad: