Widespread Use of Chiropractic Care

The increasing interest in alternative and complementary forms of care has caught the attention of several health associations and government agencies. A 1993 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that “The estimated number of visits made in 1990 to providers of alternative and complementary healing was greater than the number of visits to all primary medical care nationwide”, and chiropractic was mong the most frequently used non-medical approach.

A followup report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that the use of non-medical care had increased significantly since the 1990 survey, with “overall prevalence of use increased by 25%,total visits by an estimated 47%, and expenditures on services provided by practitioners of alternative approaches by an estimated 45%”. Of the survey respondents, one in nine (11%) had used chiropractic care within the previous year.

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