The Comparative Effect of Episodes of Chiropractic and Medical Treatment on the Health of Older Adults

Chiro.Org Blog: This study provides evidence of the comparative effectiveness of chiropractic care relative to medical-only services on the functional health of older adults during acute episodes of back care. Our results are the first to show the importance of examining chiropractic use within an episode of care in traditional practice settings, rather than focusing on visit frequency alone. Moreover, we evaluated the effects of the treatments received during the episodes on ADLs, IADLs, and LBFs, which are critically important measures that inform patients, clinicians, and payers about the benefits and harms of certain treatments relative to others. Given the literature supporting a minimally effective chiropractic treatment level for back problems, this research provides additional support that such therapeutic levels are indeed beneficial in terms of protecting older persons from functional declines and self-rated health over as much as 2 years. […]

Source: http://chiro.org/wordpress/2014/04/29/the-comparative-effect-of-episodes-of-chiropractic-and-medical-treatment-on-the-health-of-older-adults-2/

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