It is well documented that the cost of low back pain on society is staggering, with the estimated annual burden in the United States in the billions of dollars. In fact, low back pain, with a lifetime incidence of 85%, is one of the most common reasons a person will visit the doctor, whether medical, physical therapy, or chiropractic. Several studies have been conducted comparing the outcomes of low back therapy between traditional medicine and chiropractic, with chiropractic manipulation and exercise (a Back In Motion standard) demonstrating superior results. However, few have compared the cost of care between different professions, and how closely the therapies delivered by each adhere to the best practices set forth by each profession's governing bodies.
As you might guess, highlighted below is a recent study looking into these exact questions.
The study, conducted by Harris Allen, et al, found the following: