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Chiropractic More Widely Used for Worker’s Compensation
Several studies comparing medical and chiropractic care for work- related back injury, reflect favorably on chiropractic. One study showed that chiropractic consistently offered a 2-to-1 superiority in results. Chiropractic care is also cheaper; another study found that treatment costs in cases managed by doctors of chiropractic increased only 12% between 1986 and 1989, compared to treatment costs for cases handled by medical doctors, which increased by over 70% during the same period. Doctors interviewed for the article report that the most common injuries they treat are back injuries. Also common are postural-type strains to the neck and upper back and repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
Chiropractic adjustments have proven effective in reducing pain and returning employees to work sooner, but worker’s compensation laws vary so much around the country and there is still some lingering medical bias against the profession. As a result, some injured workers are prevented from seeing a chiropractor.
There is some confusion with certain employers. Some managers in small to medium sized companies may not understand their responsibilities as employers. Some do not even know that injured workers are allowed to see chiropractors.
There is still some medical bias against