CHIROPRACTIC FOR ARTHRITIS-Research Study
Recently, one of our chiropractic sources printed a very interesting article
reviewing a study published in the "Annals of Internal Medicine".
Results are summarized below.
All the participants in the study were chronic pain sufferers of either osteoarthritis,
rheumatoid arthritis, or fibromyalgia conditions. 63% of the individuals in
the study sought additional forms of care for their pain, including chiropractic.
In fact, chiropractic was the most frequently used of the options studied. According
to the response of the study participants, chiropractic was also reported to
be one of the most helpful complementary treatments.
When asked why they sought chiropractic or any other treatment in addition
to that provided by their rheumatologists, most patients said that they wanted
to control the pain they were experiencing. A vast majority responded that they
had heard an alternative to main line treatments "would help". Patients
also felt these options, which included chiropractic, spiritual healing, herbal
therapy; diet, etc. were safe and/ or someone they knew had been helped previously
by it. In addition, 46% of those choosing alternatives reported that they did
so because the medication they had been prescribed was not working.
The patients in this study came from private rheumatology practices, university
settings, a municipal hospital, and a Veterans med center. 31% of the 428 eligible
patients in the study sought chiropractic care at least once with many using
chiropractic on a regular basis after initiation of chiropractic care. 73% of
these patients also determined that chiropractic care was helpful in controlling
their chronic pain.
This is wonderful news for the people out there who have been considering chiropractic
as a treatment option to help with the pain of arthritis conditions.