Arthritis Patients turn to Chiropractic

By Dr. Dan Van Roon • July 30th, 2009

The Annals of Internal Medicine 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 numbers may themselves be grossly under reported as only 45% of the patients told their doctor about using the other forms of care. These reported numbers translate to over 19% of the public who is seeing a rheumatologist is also seeing a chiropractor.

Possibly 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.

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