Hi. I’m Dan Sosnoski, Editor in Chief of Chiropractic Economics magazine, and I’m here with a special research report.
Dr. James Whedon of the Southern California University of Health Sciences was the principal investigator of a study called the Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services and the Use of Prescription Opioids among Patients with Low Back Pain.
This study was conducted with a patient population of more than 12,000 patients. And what they found was that patients seen by a chiropractor were 55% less likely to receive a prescription for opioid medications as opposed to patients who were not being seen by a chiropractor.
This study was notable in that it involved a patient population far larger than most studies conducted on the use of chiropractic services.
In addition, they found that the annual per person charges for opioid prescriptions were 75% lower among this patient population.
This effort is being funded through contributions by the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines & Practice Parameters known as the Clinical Compass, which is headed by Dr. Jay Greenstein, and underwritten by a grant from Performance Health, the makers of Biofreeze.
They will also be matching donations to the Clinical Compass, and you can learn more by visiting ClinicalCompass.org.
We’ll see you next time.