The most recent newsworthy item is the Gallup Research recently done concerning chiropractic. You can view the entire report here. Or, if you like graphics, look at the colorful images. The quick synopsis is that it was a favorable report for the chiropractic profession: people think chiropractors are good for neck and back pain, that chiropractic is safe, effective, and priced fairly, and those who have seen a chiropractor had a good experience. A rather startling revelation is that most people did not realize how much training a chiropractor has (look at the Chiropractic Career tab for more information on this.)
According to Harvard University, patients with low back pain should see a chiropractor first because the results are quicker and less costly. (www.health.harvard.edu)
The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (J Am BoardFam Med, July-Aug2015;28(4):481-490) concludes that, "chiropractic care is associated with a reduction of 0.37 million visits to Primary Care Physicians for back and/or neck pain at a total cost of $83.5 million" per year. This study indicates that working together, chiropractors can help relieve the strain on our nations primary care physicians by taking care of their neck and back cases.
A new study contradicts a prior study in that it shows that manual thrusting adjustments have slightly more favorable results than mechanically assisted thrusts, with both groups achieving more favorable outcomes than mediacal care. (Comparison of Spinal Manipulation Methods and Usual Medical Care for Acute and Subacute Low Back Pain, SPINE Volume 40, Number 4, pp209-217, 2015.)