Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic V.S. Conventional Medicine
No matter what age – from 0 years to 100 years - everyone in Friendswood will experience an adverse physical condition at some point in their lives. The genetic make-up that your parents gave you will greatly influence the type and severity of many future medical conditions. Even through most insurance plans cover much of the costs associated with doctor visits, medical care can be expensive, especially when you have chronic disease.
Some conditions that most commonly affect infants and children are:
- Birth defects, such as Down Syndrome
- Mental Health issues, such as Autism or ADHD
- Suppressed immune systems that can lead to infectious diseases such as pink eye, chicken pox, cough, cold, flu and strep B infections.
- Irritable Bowel or digestive issues
Entering adulthood, many of these conditions may be outgrown or may be replaced with more complicated conditions such as:
- Ongoing mental disorders, depression, anxiety, and sleep issues
- Chronic sinus inflammation or severe allergies
- Conditions of the bowels such as Chron’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic constipation
- Obesity and Diabetes
- Heart Disease or Hypertension
- Chronic pain, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal disorders
Among the top 10 most expensive diseases, according to health payer intelligence, is cardiovascular disease ($317 billion per year), Diabetes ($245 billion per year), Arthritis ($128 billion), and Asthma ($56 billion per year). Furthermore, medical bills are the number 1 reported cause of Bankruptcy in the U.S.
“Medical Bills Are the Biggest Cause of US Bankruptcies: Study”
Despite genetic predispositions to developing chronic disease, a simple solution can be provided to not only improve the quality of lives from birth to old age but can also substantially decrease the costs of medical care.
The CDC states that chronic disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Approximately 50% of adults 18 years and older did not meet the recommendations for aerobic activity in 2015 and further states that 79% failed to meet recommendations for both muscle strength and aerobic activities. An even more alarming statistic is that 39% of adolescence and 22% of adults ate vegetables once per day at most.
“Chronic Disease Overview – CDC”
Increasing sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition, and uncontrollable stress are all significant players on the chronic diseases’ playing field.
Chiropractic and Wellness Practices
Cost-effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation has been the subject of debate. One study published in 2015 “A systematic review comparing the costs of chiropractic care to other interventions for spine pain in the United States” reported that cost comparison studies between chiropractic and medical treatment indicated lower costs associated with chiropractic care in the management of spine pain. Another 2012 review found chiropractic manipulation to be more cost-effective for low back and neck pain when compared to care provided by a general practitioner.
Chiropractors don’t stop at spinal manipulations, which can restore proper nervous system function to the organs of the body. Most chiropractic offices offer multiple modalities to improve overall function and wellness of the body through therapeutic exercise, manual therapies, and nutritional support.
In addition to potentially lower health care costs, chiropractic treatment has been proven to be substantially safer that other medical treatments such as medication, opioid use, and surgery. Although some side effects are reported, most side effects are minor such as temporary soreness.
So, if you’re looking to improve your overall wellness this year or are looking for relief from pain, We at Forever Well Chiropractic welcome you to sit down with Dr. Haywood to discuss treatment options and discover how chiropractic can not only help you achieve your wellness goals but also reduce cost of your health care.