Scientific Chiropractic Articles about Spine Care Costs and Back Pain

Who’s to Blame for Spine Care Costs?

Medical specialty care is primary culprit in rising costs, while chiropractic expenditures remain fairly stable.

By Peter W. Crownfield, Executive Editor

With health care costs teetering on the brink of disaster, if not already over the edge, health care stakeholders nationwide continue efforts to pin down specific sources of runaway costs as a first important step in finding a long-term solution.

According to a recent study that analyzed 10 years of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, one such area of gross cost increases is spine care. However, according to the study, the primary reason behind these increasing spine care costs is increased costs for medical specialists, as opposed to primary care physicians; while chiropractic care is not responsible for the dramatic increases, with costs “remaining relatively stable.”
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Back Pain Is #1 Cause of Disability Worldwide

Global Burden of Disease 2010 highlights the pressing need to prevent, treat spinal and musculoskeletal disorders.

By Peter W. Crownfield, Executive Editor

A series of studies emerging from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project, a massive collaboration between the World Health Organization, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (the coordinating center), the University of Queensland School of Population Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the University of Tokyo, Imperial College London, clarifies the worldwide health burden of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly back and neck pain, in crystal-clear fashion, with low back pain identified as the number-one cause of disability worldwide and neck pain the number-four cause. Overall, musculoskeletal conditions represent the second leading cause of global disability.
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