Although many of us are well-educated adults, so much of what we “know” comes from off-hand remarks from people at work, exchanges on social media with family and friends, pop-culture in the media, and from what we see on television. How reliable are these sources? We are not even aware of how much information we’re assimilating and how it is impacting our perceptions of everything and everyone around us. Most of what we take in isn’t even first-hand information, but from second-hand or even less credible sources. Unfortunately, this is often the case when it comes to our health.
The Pew Research Center reports that people generally consult a number of different sources for information on health-related issues, support and advice, as per the following:
Having access to plenty of information on how to receive top quality healthcare is certainly beneficial for everyone, it can be quite difficult for many to determine the accuracy of what they read or hear about, or even whether the information is appropriate. This is abundantly true of information posted on the Internet, a place where misinformation spreads like wild fire and where obsolete ideas and mistaken beliefs are rampant.
In light of the latest trends in media, we determined that it might make sense to share this information about 21st Century chiropractic care. These are facts that often get buried in all the chatter about healthcare:
Chiropractic care is among the top three primary healthcare professions in the United States, as per the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Only medical doctors and dentists surpass chiropractors in terms of healthcare professionals. There are more than 70,000 actively licensed chiropractors in this country. Additionally, it has been reported by the National Center for Health Statistics that in 2012 as many as 8.5% of adults in the U.S. used chiropractic care or received osteopathic manipulation, and this number was significantly more in certain areas of the country.
Over a good many years, there have been researchers from top-rated academic institutions that have published their findings showing how effective chiropractic care is. These documented results can be found in a number of highly respected, peer-reviewed healthcare journals. Consumer research and public health organizations routinely report on patient satisfaction rates and chiropractic physicians have consistently achieved a high level of satisfaction among patients.
The Department of Health & Human Services of the U.S. conducted a “demonstration project” in 2010 to measure the effects of including chiropractic services in Medicare coverage. As part of this project, the researchers conducted a survey to measure the level of satisfaction of chiropractic patients. This is essentially what they found:
“Sixty percent of participants said they got ‘complete’ or ‘quite a bit of’ relief from their symptoms from treatments by a chiropractor. Their level of satisfaction was high, with 87% reporting a level of 8 or more on a scale of 10 points, with 56% actually giving chiropractors a score of 10.”
Also of interest is that a very similar evaluation was made by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center after having completed its own survey. The Center’s report said that a larger percentage of participants (59%) reported being highly satisfied with the advice and treatment they received for their back pain from chiropractors and were more satisfied with chiropractic care than they were with the care offered by any of the other types of healthcare professionals they had received treatment from. To compare, 44% of patient participants said they were highly satisfied with the healthcare provided by a specialized physician and just 34% said they were highly satisfied with the healthcare given by a primary care physician.
For example: The renowned Cleveland Clinic says, “Chiropractic physicians are now established members of our mainstream medical team. Chiropractors treat problems having to do with muscle tissue and tendons, the ligaments, bones and cartilage, as well as the nervous system.”
We do not doubt that people with medical issues can certainly benefit from the information they read and hear about from others with the same or similar conditions. However, it is very helpful to be informed of the trends occurring in the medical community overall as you look at your own options for healthcare and to know and understand the facts.
As chiropractic physicians, we at Martin Family Chiropractic Centers are experts in determining a diagnosis and in treating your musculoskeletal problems. Our goal is to help all our patients, and that includes you, recover as quickly and as painlessly as possible!