MN Chiropractic Care | Work Related Low Back Injuries

If you’re suffering from lower back pain you’re not alone. About 80% of U.S. adults will at some time in their life suffer from the disabling confines of lower back pain. According to experts, lower back pain is the number one disability culprit in workers’ compensation claims and accounts for more than $50 billion annually in the US through medical care and lost production.

In addition, the latest research shows most lower back problems which cause low back pain do not fully resolve without extensive treatment and proper rehabilitation, contrary to previous beliefs.

Chiropractic Is A Clear Winner In Treating Low Back Pain!

The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who had lower-back pain in the past year but had never had back surgery. More than half said pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer, and 88 percent said it recurred through the year. Many said the pain interfered with sleep, sex, and efforts to maintain a healthy weight.

Back pain can be tough to treat. Most respondents tried five or six different treatments. They rated the helpfulness of the treatments tried and their satisfaction with the health-care professionals visited.

Hands-on therapies were among the top-rated. Fifty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were “completely” or “very” satisfied with their chiropractor. Massage and physical therapy were close runners-up.

Study Finds Chiropractic Most Effective Treatment For Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is “one of the costliest work-related injuries in the United States in terms of disability and treatment costs.

A recent study conducted by medical and healthcare professionals outside the chiropractic profession found that chiropractic care can be most effective in treating work-related lower back pain compared to care by a physical therapist or physician.

The study showed chiropractic patients had lower medical expenses, fewer disability recurrences and shorter initial periods of disability. Chiropractic actually saves Federal and Private Insurers $15,897,840,000 and Adds $692,160,000 in Wages to Americans.

The study was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011. According to a statement by Foundation for Chiropractic Progress spokesperson Gerard Clum, DC, “A chiropractor provides an effective approach to maintain health, a key component in preventing episode recurrence. The trend revealed in this study shows chiropractic care resulting in the best outcomes.”

View the study abstract online.

Source: Northwestern Health Sciences University,

The Popularity of Chiropractic Is At An All Time High

  • 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
  • Back symptoms are the most common cause of disability for individuals under the age of 45.
  • 20% of all American military medical discharges are due to low back pain.
  • More than 20 million Americans will seek chiropractic care this year.
  • Chiropractic has been around for more than 100 years.
  • Today there are approximately 50,000 chiropractors in the United States – 10,000 in Japan – 5,000 in Canada – 2,500 in Australia – 1,000 in the U.K. – and 100-500 in each of Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, South Africa, and The Netherlands.
  • In the western world 85% of people will be disabled by back pain at some point in their lives.
    Spine 12(3):264-268.
  • 1992 costs associated with low back pain in the U.S. were estimated to be $60 billion.
    The Manga Report – 1993.
  • Nearly 30% of the U.S. population aged 18 and older have used chiropractic.
    The Gallup Organization – 1991.
  • WCB studies indicate a 45-55% saving in overall costs when treatments are provided by a chiropractor instead of a medical doctor.
  • California, 1972 – Wisconsin, 1978 – Florida,1988 – Utah,1991 – State of Victoria, Australia, 1992.
  • 9 out of 10 chiropractic users feel their treatment is effective.
    The Gallup Organization – 1991.
  • 58% of those using chiropractic considered it an essential part of their health insurance package.
    The Gallup Organization – 1991.
  • “Chiropractic patients were 3 times more satisfied with their care than patients of family practice physicians.”
    Western Journal of Medicine – 1989.
  • “Chiropractors are now accepted as a legitimate healing profession by the public and by an increasing number of physicians.” The Manga Report – 1993.
  • “Chiropractic is a growing component of the health care sector, and it is widely used by the population.”
    The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, January 1992.
  • 94% of all spinal manipulations are performed by chiropractors.
    RAND Corporation.