The Annals of Internal Medicine (of all places) published the results of a survey of 232 people who had arthritis and were under a rheumatologists care.  Of those 63% responded to the survey by saying they were using some form of “complementary care” as named by the study. Of those people 31% were using chiropractic. This number is grossly under reported as only 45% of the patients told their doctor about using the other forms of care.

Yes that means you MD’s out there may have no idea what is actually helping your patients as many of them are afraid to tell you.

These numbers translate to over 19% of the public seeing a rheumatologists are also seeing a chiropractor. And if less that half of the patients are telling their doctor about it the actual number may be twice as high.

The most impressive statistic was that 73% of those trying chiropractic found it helpful. The reasons given why people said they tried the non-medical care was to control pain, because they heard it helps, because it is safe, because it helped someone they know, and because their prescription medication wasn’t working.

Sign me up please !