Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why is Patient Satisfaction With Chiropractic Care For Back Pain So High? Here's 4 Reasons Why

Around 80% of adults in the US are bothered by back pain at some point. Back pain is the 5th most common reason for patient visits to doctors offices. The research is in regarding patient satisfaction with their chiropractic treatment, in fact it has been in for over 2 decades. Chiropractic patients are extremely satisfied with their care and overwhelmingly would decide to seek chiropractic care again.
While practicing, I noticed that over 75% of my patients had been under the care of a chiropractic doctor prior to coming in. Routinely, they had been doing very well until their scoliosis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, etc. worsened considerably. But I was amazed at how mainstream chiropractic care had become and how well the patients reported it had worked.

According to a 2000 Florida study over 92% of patients who had seen chiropractic doctors before would seek out chiropractic care again.

A recent survey of 14,000 consumers in May 2009 by Consumer Reports showed that 88% of those who had tried chiropractic manipulation were satisfied with how much it helped.

I attribute the overwhelming satisfaction of chiropractic care to four things.

1) First of all, chiropractors receive excellent training regarding the musculoskeletal system including anatomy and physical examination. So when they examine patients with back pain comprehensively and then speak with them about the specifics of what they find, patients by and large feel as if they have been properly taken care of with the work up.

2) Secondly, chiropractic doctors do not try to cure their patients in five minutes. Treatment plans routinely span weeks to months. This is not a scam. Inevitably it took a while for one's back to end up in the situation where it hurts. It may have started with a sneeze, but something had been brewing with a degenerative disc probably for years. No different than a physical therapy regimen takes weeks to months, so does a proper chiropractic regimen to provide appropriate pain relief and build the framework for a healthy future. This time in the office allows patients to develop a bond with their chiropractor, no different than how a patient develops an affection for his or her primary care doctor. Except one doesn't see his or her primary care doctor a few times a week for months usually.

3) Third, chiropractors often institute physical therapy (called physiotherapy) and spinal decompression regimens into treatment plans. What happens is the patient then receives a comprehensive treatment plan that benefits them in a well rounded method than just receiving a spinal adjustment. People who think all chiropractic doctors do is "rack them and crack them" would be very surprised to see the therapy departments their offices contain. Patients receive ice (cryotherapy), heat, elecrical stimulation, spinal decompression, core strengthening, lumbar stabilization, and other modalities for pain relief.

4) Fourth, chiropractic treatment is cost effective. When one considers the cost of surgery, hospital admissions, and name brand medications, a visit to a chiropractor is significantly less expensive. The cost benefit ratio is substantially in its favor.

Based on these four reasons, it became clear to me why chiropractic manipulation and services are so effective and make an overwhelming amount of patients satisfied.

David L. Greene, MD is CEO of Preferred Pain Center in Phoenix, Arizona which serves the Phoenix and Scottsdale Az metropolitan and surrounding areas. He can be reached at and (602) 507-6550. Preferred Pain Center is a Comprehensive Pain Center including Medical and Interventional Pain Management, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Spinal Decompression Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Manipulation Under Anesthesia. The website is and the Blog of Pain is []
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