Patients Turn to Chiropractic
Annals of Internal Medicine (of all places) published the results of a
survey of 232 people who had arthritis and were under a rheumatologists
care. Of those 63% responded
to the survey by saying they were using some form of "complementary
care" as named by the study. Of those people 31% were using chiropractic.
These number may themselves be grossly under reported as only 45%
of the patients told their doctor about using the other forms of care.
reported numbers translate to over 19% of the public who is seeing a
rheumatologists is also seeing a chiropractor.
And if less that half of the patients are telling their doctor
about it the actual number may be twice as high.
the most impressive statistic was that 73% of those trying chiropractic
found it helpful. The reasons
given why people said they tried the non-medical care was to control pain,
because they heard it helps, because it is safe, because it helped someone
they know, and because their prescription medication wasn't working.