The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Report, done by the esteemed medical authors Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PHD (Harvard Medical School) and Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH (Mercer health and Benefits), produced these conclusions from the Executive Summary:
Chiropractic care is more effective than other modalities for treating low back and neck pain
Total cost of care per year:
1. For low back pain, chiropractic physician care increases total annual per patient spending by $75 compared to medical physician care
2. For neck pain, chiropractic physician care reduces total annual per patient spending by $302 compared to medical physician care.
When considering effectiveness and cost together, chiropractic physician care for low back and neck pain is highly cost-effective, represents a good value in comparison to medical physician care and to widely accepted cost-effectiveness thresholds. Because we were unable to incorporate savings in drug spending commonly associated with US chiropractic care, our estimate of its comparative cost-effectiveness is likely to be understated.