Comparing the Satisfaction of
Low Back Pain
Medical vs. ChiropracticCare:
Results from the UCLA Back Pain
William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP
Mark Studin DC, FASBE (C), DAAPM, DAAMLP
“Our study was conducted in a large managed care organization in Southern California...for approximately 100000 members” Hertzman-Miller et al., 2002, p. 1628). They go on to report, “Of the 681 randomized, 340 were assigned to the 2 medical groups and 341 were assigned to the 2 chiropractic groups” (Hertzman-Miller et al., 2002, p. 1630). Interestingly, the paper goes on to show “Chiropractic patients reported receiving more self-care advice than did medical patients, were more likely to report an explanation of their treatment, and visited their primary providers [their assigned chiropractor in this study] more often" (Hertzman-Miller et al., 2002, p. 1630). The results showed, “In this randomized trial, chiropractic patients were more satisfied with their back care providers after 4 weeks of treatment than were medical patients” (Hertzman-Miller et al., 2002, p. 1631). It should also be noted, “No deaths or serious adverse events occurred during the 4-week period” (Hertzman-Miller et al., 2002, p. 1630).
This paper in no way minimizes the importance of the medical physician as part of the team necessary to care for patients, understanding that there are diagnoses that mandate the services exclusively of the MD and other circumstances where concurrent care is required. However, when there is a choice based on overlapping care, common sense dictates a drugless treatment first, treatment involving drugs second and surgery last. Those patients, according to this study, who have chosen the chiropractic, drugless approach first, have reported a very high level of satisfaction with chiropractic care with no adverse events.
These studies along with many others conclude that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for patients with low back pain. To find a qualified doctor of chiropractic near you go to the US Chiropractic Directory at www.USChiroDirectory.com and search your state.
1. Hertzman-Miller, R. P., Morgenstern, H., Hurwitz, E. L., Yu, F., Adams, A. H., Harber, P., & Kominski, G. F. (2002). Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: Results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health, 92(10),1628-1633.
Studin, M. (2009). U.S. Chiropractic Directory. Retrieved From http://www.uschirodirectory.com.