Here’s what the studies say:
Keeney B, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner J, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington state. Spine. Dec.12, 2012
Workers Compensation data produced here in Washington State suggest that patients with occupational LOW BACK injuries visiting a surgeon first are significantly more likely to receive spinal surgery (42.7%) than those whose first visit was with a chiropractor (1.5%). This association holds true even when controlling for injury severity and other measures, supporting chiropractic care for lower back injuries.
Chiropractic Care for Workers with Low Back Pain
By Kathryn Mueller, Dongchun Wang, Randall Lea, M.D., Donald R. Murphy Workers Compensation Research Institute; May, 2022
The data used for this study are from the WCRI Detailed Benchmark/Evaluation database, which includes more than 2 million open and closed claims from 28 states
- 31% less out-of-pocket expanse for the injured worker
- Injured workers treated exclusively by chiropractors also used fewer drugs and diagnostic imaging scans with a 26% reduction in days lost from work due to pain and disability.
- 61% reduced cost for care when chiropractic care was used