Statistics pertaining to chiropractic treatment include:
- In 1997, Americans made approximately 192 million visits a year to chiropractic care centers. It was also estimated that 88 million of those visits were to relieve back or neck pain.
- In one latest survey, more than 40% of individuals getting chiropractic care were being treated for back or lumbar pain. Over 50% of those surveyed reported that their symptoms were persistent (chronic).
- Health conditions that are usually treated by doctors of chiropractic include back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and recurring strains. Individuals also look for treatment for pain related to joint disorder, like arthritis.
Each form of health care can carry some risks and the media usually sensationalize those risks and bring about fear. But, what are the real figures? Below shows a comparison between spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment), spinal surgical treatment, and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Risk Statistics: Chiropractic Care Versus Medical Care
Cervical Spine Manipulation:
Complication – 2.09 per million
Death – .268 per million
Cervical Spine Surgical Treatment:
Complication – 15,600 per million
Death – 6,900 per million
The Use of Anti-inflammatory drugs:
Serious gastrointestinal event (all ages) – 1,000 per million
Serious gastrointestinal event (65 and over) – 3,200 per million