Interesting Facts and Statistics

  • The popularity of chiropractic is at an all-time high, 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
  • Back symptoms are the most common cause of disability for individuals under the age of 45.
  • 20% of all American military medical discharges are due to low back pain.
  • More than 20 million Americans will seek chiropractic care this year.
  • Chiropractic has been around for more than 100 years.
  • Today there are approximately 50,000 chiropractors in the United States; 10,000 in Japan; 5,000 in Canada; 2,500 in Australia; 1,000 in the U.K.; and, 100-500 in each of: Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, South Africa, The Netherlands.
  • In the western world 85% of people will be disabled by back pain at some point in their lives.
  • Spine 12(3):264-268.
  • 1992 costs associated with low back pain in the U.S. were estimated to be $60 billion.
  • The Manga Report – 1993.
  • Nearly 30% of the U.S. population aged 18 and older have used chiropractic.
  • The Gallup Organization – 1991.
  • WCB studies indicate a 45-55% saving in overall costs when treatments are provided by a chiropractors instead of a medical doctors.
  • California, 1972 – Wisconsin, 1978 – Florida, 1988 – Utah, 1991 – State of Victoria, Australia, 1992.
  • 9 out of 10 chiropractic users feel their treatment is effective.
  • The Gallup Organization – 1991.
  • 58% of those using chiropractic considered it an essential part of their heath insurance package.
  • The Gallup Organization – 1991.
  • “Chiropractic patients were 3 times more satisfied with their care than patients of family practice physicians.”
  • Western Journal of Medicine – 1989.
  • “Chiropractors are now accepted as a legitimate healing profession by the public and by an increasing number of physicians.”
  • The Manga Report – 1993.
  • “Chiropractic is a growing component of the health care sector, and it is widely used by the population.”
  • The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, January 1992.
  • 94% of all spinal manipulations are performed by chiropractors.

RAND Corporation.
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