Chiropractic Statistics

22 Chiropractic Statistics (and Facts): Crunching the Numbers

Whether you’re considering using a chiropractor for the first time, or a regular visitor, you might be interested in finding out more about the practice.

In this article we’ll explore the popularity of chiropractic care, common reasons for seeking help and the amazing benefits for your health!

Chiropractor Stats and Facts: A Quick Summary

  • Chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans annually.
  • One million chiropractic adjustments are performed each day in the US.
  • The US chiropractic industry is estimated to be worth over $15 billion.
  • There are more than 70,000 registered chiropractors in the US.
  • Chiropractic techniques are 40% more effective than medical care when it comes to treating lower back pain.
  • Chiropractic care has a much lower injury rate than general primary care.

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Interesting Facts about Chiropractic

You might be surprised by just how many people seek help from a chiropractor! To find out more, take a look at these cool chiropractic statistics and facts:

1. Chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans annually.

To put that figure into perspective, it’s a phenomenal 10% of the population, including both adults and children.

2. Roughly one million chiropractic adjustments are performed each day in the US.

With between 11% and 40% of adults living with chronic pain in the US, it’s no wonder people are looking for drug-free pain relief alternatives.

One million chiropractic adjustments are performed each day in the US

3. 77% of people who receive chiropractic care describe it as “very effective.”

Other findings published by Consumer Reports showed that chiropractic outperformed prescription medication, deep-tissue massage, yoga and meditation when it came to treating back pain.

65% of those surveyed described chiropractic care as “helping a lot”.

4. 60% of patients who visit a chiropractor are female.

Interestingly however, the majority of chiropractors (77%) are male. There are a number of initiatives in place to encourage more women into the profession.

Did you know?

The chiropractic profession was established long ago in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer. He performed his first adjustment by improving the hearing of a deaf janitor who had suffered from back pain for over 17 years.

5. Adults aged between 45 and 64 are the most likely to visit a chiropractor.

When it comes to children, those between the ages of 12 and 17 are more likely to visit a chiropractor.

6. The US chiropractic industry is estimated to be worth over $15 billion.

Stay-at-home orders issued across the country during the pandemic is expected to impact heavily on industry growth.

Yet the U.S. Bureau of Labor suggest that the industry will bounce back and continue to grow by 4% through to 2029.

The US chiropractic industry is estimated to be worth over $15 billion

7. 46% of chiropractic patients are receiving care for lower back pain.

Chiropractors report this as the most common reason people will seek care. Followed by neck pain and headaches.

Back and neck pain could be the result of an accident, injury or chronic pain that a patient is struggling to manage with medication.

8. 67% of patients visit a chiropractor because of a health condition.

Unsurprisingly the majority of chiropractic visits are for a particular health complaint. The remaining visits are made up of people looking to focus on their wellness, specifically:

  • 43% General Wellness
  • 25% Focus on Mind, Body and Spirit
  • 16% Improved Energy
  • 11% Better Immune Function
  • 5% Memory or Concentration

Did you know?

The word ‘chiropractic’ comes from the Greek words ‘cheir’ (meaning ‘hand’) and ‘praktos’ (meaning ‘done’), i.e. Done by Hand.

9. 40% of Americans with lower back pain will see a chiropractor rather than a medical doctor.

10. 92% of chiropractors report worsening neck and back pain for their patients during the pandemic.

A Facebook survey conducted by the American Chiropractic Association, reported that since the stay-at-home guidance has been in place, patients report more back and neck pain, and other musculoskeletal issues.

Chiropractor Statistics: A Growing Profession

Becoming a chiropractor means entering an exciting and fulfilling profession, however there is lots of competition out there!

1. There are currently over 70,000 registered chiropractors in the US.

There are also around 10,000 students currently studying in one of the many accredited chiropractic schools across the country.

There are currently over 70,000 registered chiropractors in the US

2. More than 100,000 chiropractors are registered worldwide.

3. Over 5000 hours of training are required to become an accredited chiropractor.

This is a combination of 4,200 theory and practical teaching hours, and 1000 hours of supervised clinical training.

4. The average chiropractor earns $70,340 per year.

This is a combination of 4,200 theory and practical teaching hours, and 1000 hours of supervised clinical training.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Patients are flocking to chiropractors as the benefits are pretty impressive! Here we’ve taken a look at just a few of them:

1. Chiropractic techniques are 40% more effective than medical care for treating lower back pain.

Chiropractic techniques are 40% more effective than medical care for treating lower back pain

The study conducted in 2016 focused on 107 adults living with lower back pain.

Respondents were separated into three groups and treated with either manual-thrust manipulation (chiropractic), mechanical-assisted manipulation (using tools) or usual medical care.

Manual chiropractic techniques led to a 30% reduction in pain for a whopping 94% of recipients, compared to only 54% of those receiving usual medical care.

2. Studies have proven chiropractic care to be successful in treating neck pain, headaches and migraines.

A practice-based review took data from 99 patients suffering with neck pain (some with associated, secondary headaches).

Both pain intensity and flexibility were significantly improved, with Neck Disability Index scores reducing by over 70%.

Did you know?

Research has proven that chiropractors can help with weight loss.

3. Visiting a chiropractor can reduce the number of times you have to visit a hospital by up to 60%.

Regular chiropractic care can reduce your number of hospital visits by up to 60%

4. By visiting a chiropractor regularly you can reduce your pharmaceutical costs by up to 85%.

These incredible findings were discovered during a seven year research project and published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Over 70,000 patients were monitored, noting the frequency of their chiropractor visits compared to their medical doctor.

5. Chiropractic care instead of a visit to a medical doctor could save Medicare nearly $83.5 million per year.

The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine concluded that more visits to the chiropractor, results in fewer visits to primary care medical physicians.

Chiropractic Injury Statistics

Chiropractic care can look super painful, and of course no medical practice comes without some degree of risk. Take a look at the chiropractor injury statistics below to learn more:

1. Chiropractic care has a significantly lower injury rate than general primary care for patients aged over 66.

Review the numbers and you’ll see that the probability of injury during chiropractic care is 40 injuries per 100,000 subjects. Primary care reports 153 incidents per 100,000 subjects.

2. One to three incidents of stroke are reported, per one million people, following treatment from a chiropractor.

Many studies have looked at the incidence of stroke after chiropractic care, particularly cervical manipulation.

Each one has agreed that the risk of stroke is one to three incidents, per one million treatments.

1-3 incidents of stroke are reported, per one million people, following treatment from a chiropractor

3. Neck manipulation causes significantly fewer deaths than cervical spine surgery.

Death caused by chiropractic manipulation is incredibly rare.

Research puts the risk of dying from neck manipulation at one per million people

Compare this to spine surgery, and the estimated risk is 1,800 per one million people.

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