On the Job Injuries
Getting injured at work requires following a certain protocol. First report the injury to your employer as soon as you can. If the injury happened on the job, your employer needs to know what happened. Secondly you need to make the right decision as to who you should see to resolve your condition. Consider these facts when deciding which doctor you should see for your injury:
Samples of research showing the effectiveness and reduced costs of chiropractic care for spinal-related injuries and conditions.
Florida Workers Compensation Board2
Study examined 10,652 workers who sustained back-related injuries. Individuals who received chiropractic care as compared with standard medical care had a 51.3% shorter temporary total disability duration 58.8% lower treatment costs and a 20.3% hospitalization rate versus 52.2 in the medical care group.
Utah Workers Compensation Board Study3
Back-related injuries treated by chiropractors produced a tenfold savings as compared with medical doctors ($68.38 vs. $668.39)
Australian Workers Compensation Study4
Individuals who had work-related mechanical low back pain who received chiropractic care for their back pain returned to work 4 times faster (6.26 days vs. 25.56 days) and their treatment was 4 times less costly ($392 vs. $1,569) than those who received treatments from medical doctors.
North Carolina Workers Compensation Patients5
A retrospective review of 43,650 claims from 1975 to 1994 showed that the average cost of treatment, hospitalization, and compensation payments (for treatment of strain injuries, specific body parts and low back injuries) were much less for patients treated by DCs than they were for patients treated by MDs.
Average treatment cost for a patient seeing a DC = $663
Average treatment cost for a patient seeing an MD = $3,519.
Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back and Neck6
For the treatment of low back and neck pain, receiving chiropractic treatment showed a reduction in the rates of surgery, advanced imaging, inpatient care, and plain-film radiographs.
Costs of Low Back Care7
6,183 patients were studied who first had contact with either a medical or chiropractic provider. Total insurance payments were much less when initial treatment was provided by a chiropractor.