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Chiropractic Facts and Figures

As evidence supporting the effectiveness
of chiropractic continues to emerge, consumers are turning in record numbers
to chiropractic care — a preventive, non-surgical, drug-free treatment

Just a few interesting facts on this
increasingly popular form of health care:

  • Chiropractic is the largest, most
    regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine
    (CAM) professions. (Meeker, Haldeman; 2002; Annals of Internal
  • There are more than 60,000 active
    chiropractic licenses in the United States. All 50 states, the
    District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands officially
    recognize chiropractic as a health care profession.
  • In 2002, approximately 7.4 percent
    of the population used chiropractic care – a higher percentage
    than yoga, massage, acupuncture or other diet-based therapies. (Tindle
    HA, Davis RB, Phillips RS, Eisenberg DM. Trends in use of complementary
    and alternative medicine by US adults: 1997-2002. Altern Ther Health
    Med. 2005 Jan-Feb;11(1):42-9.)
  • Doctors of Chiropractic undergo at
    least four years of professional study at one of 16 chiropractic colleges
    accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), an agency
    recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. In addition, Doctors
    of Chiropractic must pass national board examinations and become state-licensed
    prior to practicing.
  • In national surveys, patients favor
    chiropractic over medical care for back or neck pain. Patients
    routinely rate Doctors of Chiropractic highly in skill, manner, and explanation
    of treatment.
  • Doctors of Chiropractic provide care
    in hospitals and other multidisciplinary health care facilities.
  • Chiropractic is the third largest
    doctoral-level health care profession after medicine and dentistry.
  • Back pain is the second leading cause
    of all physician visits in the U.S. In fact, half of all working Americans
    admit to having back pain each year. According to a study conducted
    by the American Chiropractic Association in 2001, 43% of patients seen
    by a doctor of chiropractic were treated for low-back pain.