Unnecessary Back Surgeries?
A new study found a strong association between what type of provider you first see when you have a back injury and the type of care you ultimately receive. Specifically the study found that “approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor.”
If you have back pain or a back injury, your first stop should be your doctor of chiropractic. If you require a surgical consultation, they will certainly refer you, but surgery won’t be their first priority.