A recent study that looked at the past ten years of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) shows that one area where health care costs significantly increased is spine care. It was also found out in the study that the main reason behind this rise is the increased costs for medical specialists compared to primary care physicians. The survey was taken by adults aged 18 years and older from 1999 to 2008. The interviewees sought ambulatory health services for back and neck conditions.

The results of the MEPS analysis also revealed that from 1999 to 2008, 6% of American adults reported an ambulatory visit for a spine condition. It also showed that the mean-inflation-adjusted costs for spine care increased by 95% in 2008, with the average patient making 2.9-3.7 visits per year to MDs for primary spine diagnosis.

One interesting point in the study is that “non-technologically based ambulatory health services that manage spine conditions such as chiropractic care and physical therapy have not experienced the same increases in expenditures per user.”

Dr. Henry Rice of ChiroCarolina® highly recommends chiropractic care for those seeking relief from chronic or acute back and neck pain. This alternative approach to health care is holistic and does not require the use of medications and surgery.


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