We going to talk a little about Canada in this episode. We’re going to talk about small town healthcare. And we’re going to tell you about a great research project paper that is suggesting that Chiropractors have a lot to offer mainstream medicine.
In a recent article that I wrote, I mentioned how the Canadian health system was ahead of the American health system. Not in the traditional sense but, when speaking about the groundwork their government is laying in respect to the chiropractic profession and its integration into the overall healthcare system in Canada.
The American healthcare system is lagging far behind Canada in that respect.
Imagine that you live in a rural community.
Some of you actually do live in a rural community in the middle of nowhere so that won’t be much of a leap for you. Now imagine that your choice of healthcare practitioners is only limited to 2 or 3 medical doctors. In addition, imagine that one or two of the three or four doctors in town like to prescribe pills rather than actually try to deal with the root of a musculoskeletal issue.
As I shared in episode #1, I got hurt skiing….no x-rays, etc…
In a case such as that, you had better hope that the one or two remaining doctors in that town are rock stars when it comes to treating non-complicated musculoskeletal issues. Unfortunately, the chances are that he or she will not be a rockstar for musculoskeletal issues.
They may be excellent at dealing with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. However, research is clear that medical doctors don’t graduate medical school with a high degree of proficiency in musculoskeletal issues. We will have future episodes that compare some medical vs. chiro education and that shows what chiropractors can do when they graduate.
Saying that medical doctors aren’t generally musculoskeletal rock stars is simply a fact of life, not a knock against medical schools or medical doctors.
Now that the American College of Physicians as well as the American Medical Association have come out with updated recommendations that recommend chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage as first-line treatments for acute and chronic low back pain, the doors are going to be kicked wide open for Chiropractic to start shining.
This is especially important for those living in small towns that are well-removed from larger cities with a wider healthcare practitioner selection.
With that in mind, I offer this latest research paper.
This one was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. It’s brand-new (2017) and was published in November of 2017. The title of the paper is called “Management of back pain related disorders in the community with limited access to healthcare services: a description of integration of chiropractors as service providers.” and the lead author was Dr. Peter Emary.
Why They Did It
The authors of this paper wanted to attempt to evaluate the value of chiropractic service for back pain patients when integrated into the Canadian healthcare system in a multidisciplinary, primary care setting.
How They Did It
- Canadian medical doctors and/or nurse practitioners began referring their back pain patients at the Community Health Center to chiropractors for treatment.
- The information from their treatment was collected over a two-year process from January 2014 to January 2016 and consisted of questionnaires that the patients completed before they began treatment and at the conclusion of the chiropractic treatment.
What They Found
- The questionnaires containing quality information were collected from 93 patients.
- The mean age was 49 years old and 66% of them were unemployed.
- 77% of the patients experienced their back pain for over a month and 68% of those described it as being constant.
- The questionnaires used in the information collection process were the Bournemouth Questionnaire, Bothersomeness, and global improvement scales.
- A significant majority of the patients treated with chiropractic care enjoyed outstanding improvement in their condition upon the conclusion of treatment.
- 82% of the patients reported a significant reduction in the amount of pain medication they were taking.
- 77% of the patients had no visits with their primary doctor while they underwent chiropractic treatment.
- 93% of the patients were fully satisfied by the care they received while treating with a chiropractor.
- And for the cherry on the top, the patients also completed a EuroQol5 Domain questionnaire and almost 40% reported better overall, general health improvement upon completion of chiropractic treatment.
Wrap It Up
To wrap up this article, I simply offer a quote from the paper itself,
“Implementation of an integrated chiropractic service was associated with high levels of improvement and patient satisfaction in a sample of patients of low socioeconomic status with subacute and chronic back pain.”
I believe that wraps it up better than I could ever do it myself, so we will just end it right there.
- Emary P, et. al., “Management of Back Pain-related Disorders in a Community With Limited Access to Health Care Services: A Description of Integration of Chiropractors as Service Providers” November-December 2017(40), 9, 635-642
Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!
- Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!
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I’m Dr. Jeff Williams from the Chiropractic Forward Flight deck saying upward, onward, and forward.