Many suffering people have concerns about taking pharmaceutical drugs for their aches and pains. They see newscasts, documentaries and newspaper and magazine articles citing the harmful effects of medicines. Awareness of possible addiction from opioid drugs, side effects of gastrointestinal, kidney and heart disease from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the dangers of steroids cause us to be leery of taking chemicals that can cause deleterious reactions.

Fortunately a recent research study reveals that there is an alternative called chiropractic care for musculoskeletal pain that is drug-free, effective, less costly and has high patient satisfaction. The scientific information was published in August 2015 in the Respected Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT). This research journal has been in existence for 38 years and is a superior resource when considering conservative alternative approaches to traditional medicine.

The study consulted of 403 patients who initially saw a medical doctor and 316 patients who initially saw chiropractors for spinal, hip and shoulder pain. The purpose of the research was to identify differences in pain outcome, patient satisfaction and financial costs of patients who first visited either a medical doctor or a Doctor of Chiropractic.

The researchers of the study found a marked difference between patients of the medical and of the chiropractic groups. Patients who initially saw a chiropractor had a significant improvement of their pain versus those who had thought medical help. Also, patients had a much higher satisfaction with the chiropractic care they received versus those who had taken the medical path. It was also determined that patients saved an average of $ 368 per case if they took the route of seeing a chiropractor instead of medical care. This equates to over $ 100,000 of savings for the chiropractic group and would be greater than $ 225,000 if all 719 patients had received therapy from a chiropractor.

For those unfamiliar with chiropractic care a brief explanation of this healing approach is in order. The chiropractic profession basically began in the United States 120 years ago in 1895. To become a chiropractor requires schooling at undergraduate colleges and universities. Following this, five years of education is required at one of the 17 chiropractic colleges located in the United States. This education is similar to that found in other healthcare fields such as medicine, dentistry and optometry. Education in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and other classes make up the basic sciences. Clinical education involves diagnosis, x-ray / imaging, treatment methods and internship. Of course national and individual state level testing and certification must be met.

What makes chiropractic care unique for patients is the conservative approach that it takes. Chiropractic therapy involves hands-on manual therapies to correct disorders of the neuro- musculoskeletal system. It does not involve the use of drugs and surgery.

This is exactly what many people suffering from pain are looking for and the research study published by the JMPT confirms what many patients have already experienced and what previous research has already determined.