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New Gallup Poll: Many U.S. Adults Prefer Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Chiropractic Care Physical Therapy for Back PainNeck and back pain affect people of all age groups. These musculoskeletal conditions have become more widespread with current lifestyles and desk jobs. A new Gallup poll reveals that a majority of U.S. adults consider chiropractic care and physical therapy as the most effective treatment options for back and neck pain.

Conducted in collaboration with the Palmer College of Chiropractic over February-March, 2016, the nationally representative Gallup Panel study asked Americans aged 18 and older what they thought about the effectiveness of five treatment options for neck and back pain: physical therapy, chiropractic care, prescription pain medication, back surgery and self-care. The key highlights of the survey are as follows:

  • Close to 62 million U.S. adults (25 percent) saw a chiropractor in the last five years. More than half (35.5 million) said they went in the last 12 months.
  • Three in four patients who went to a chiropractor in the last year (77 percent) described chiropractic care as “very effective.”
  • Eighty-eight percent of recent chiropractic patients felt that the quality of care they received was good value for the money they paid.
  • About four in 10 of the respondents (41%) described physical therapy as “very effective”.
  • The proportion of U.S. adults that described prescription pain medications, back surgery, and self-care as “very effective” was just 22 percent, 15 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

One of the experts involved in the study said, “The opioid-overuse epidemic in the United States demonstrates that Americans need safe, effective, conservative health-care alternatives to prescription pain killers”. Chiropractic treatment could offer the solution.

Low-back pain and neck pain affect not just adults. According to a recent report in the Chicago Tribune, a national chain of physical therapy clinics revealed that an increasing number of teens are complaining of “text neck,” back and neck pain – strain caused by prolonged staring down at a cellphone, laptop or tablet!

Leading multispecialty centers in New York use both physical therapy and chiropractic care to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. In fact, based on patient considerations, preferences and goals, the pain management experts in professional facilities may include both these modalities in treatment plans to provide optimal outcomes.

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