Surgeon_vs_Chiropractorby Dr Dan Sullivan

Ground-breaking research published in Spine Journal of 2013 was eye-opening to almost every medical doctor or healthcare provider who saw it. The study showed that approximately 43% of workers who saw a surgeon as their first point of contact had surgery within 3 years.

In contrast, of those who saw a Chiropractor first, only 1.5% ended up in surgery. Here are some facts of the study:

  • 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.
  • Approximately 43% of workers who saw a surgeon had surgery within 3 years, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.

There was a very strong association between surgery and first provider seen for the injury, even after adjustment for other important variables. [such as symptom severity]

Seeing a chiropractor as the first provider for a back complaint significantly reduced odds of surgery. The reduction of back surgeries in those consulting chiropractors for spinal pain or function problems represents a substantial cost savings and is proven to deliver the highest quality of care and success approval ratings.

Unfortunately, most of the public is not aware of the research and statistics, and therefore end up with a high risk of surgery when presenting to a medical doctor or surgeon with spinal pain or function complaints.

The value and purpose of a Chiropractic adjustment is not to treat any sort of ache, pain, ailment, or condition. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to remove interference in the nervous system so the brain and body can function without compromise.

A great benefit of a healthy spine is healthy brain-to-body communication. This is the main reason why the benefits of a Chiropractic adjustment, as determined by the best science and research of today, go far beyond just pain relief.

Chiropractors are determined to help the public understand cutting-edge research like this so they too can experience the health-changing benefits of Chiropractic care.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Thomas M. Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM; Early Predictors of Lumbar Spine Surgery after Occupational Back Injury: Results from a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State; Spine; May 15, 2013; Vol. 38; No. 11; pp. 953-964.