Austin WM, Nosco DL, Allen JC. Custom-made orthotics as an adjunct to chiropractic care: the patient’s perspective. Paper presented at World Federation of Chiropractic 2005 convention.
Objective. To determine what percentage of patients considered orthotics an effective adjunct to chiropractic care and/or were satisfied with their Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers.
Methods. Chiropractors were recruited to return completed questionnaires from consenting, eligible (wearing Stabilizers for at least one month) patients. Data were analyzed on 527 questionnaires received from 59 chiropractors.
Results. In efficacy-indicating questions, 92.5 percent indicated satisfaction with their Stabilizers, 88.5 percent indicated their Stabilizers were a good adjunct to their chiropractic care, 55 percent said they were more active with their Stabilizers, and 88 percent indicated they would recommend Stabilizers to a friend.
Discussion. Patients seemed to indicate a highly positive response on efficacy-related questions. Females tended to be more physically active and more likely to recommend Stabilizers to a friend if they had a positive experience with Stabilizers. Hours per day wearing Stabilizers directly correlated with increased physical activity.
Conclusion. Results over a wide range of age, gender, patient complaints, and reasons for orthotic prescription clearly indicate that a high percentage of responders felt that Stabilizers were an important, effective part of their chiropractic care and that they (the patients) felt the Stabilizers helped their pre-existing conditions.
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