“Medical Spine Gone Wild”
• From 1994 to 2007, the patient population increased by only 12%, but spine medicine has gone wild:
• spinal fusion surgery increased 204%,
• MRIs increased 307%,
• spinal injections increased 629%,
• opiate use increased 423%, (1)
• America does five times more back surgery per capita than Great Britain.(2)
Just Say NO
to Drugs, Shots & Spine Surgery.
The evidence for chiropractic care is mounting:
• Spine research newsletter from Georgetown University states,
“Spinal medicine in the US is a poster child for inefficient spine care.” (3)
- A 1998 editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine noted that
“spinal manipulation is the treatment of choice.” (4)
• Even the North American Spine Society recommends
spinal manipulation before surgery. (5)
Chiropractors are now
Primary Spine Care Providers
before drugs, shots, and surgery.
1. Martin BI, Deyo RA, Mirza SK et al. Expenditures and health status among adults with back and neck problems. JAMA 2008; 299: 656-64
2. DC Cherkin, RA Deyo, et al. “An International Comparison Of Back Surgery Rates,” Spine, 19/11 (June 2004):1201-1206.
3. The BACKPage editorial vol. 27, No. 11, November 2012.
4. Marc S., Micozz, MD, PhD, “Complementary Care: When Is It Appropriate? Who Will Provide It?” Annals of Internal Medicine 129/1 ( July 1998): 65-66
5. Michael D. Freeman PhD, MPH, DC and John M. Mayer DC, PhD, “NASS Contemporary Concepts in Spine Care: Spinal Manipulation Therapy For Acute Low Back Pain,” The Spine Journal, 10/10 (October 2010): 918-940
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