Low back pain is a major cause of healthcare expenditure with direct and indirect costs amounting to $1.2 billion a year in Ontario alone.1
At any given point in time, 15 per cent of the population suffers from chronic low back pain. 2
Low back problems are second only to cardiovascular disease as a major cause of chronic health problems & long term disability.3
“Chronic low back pain patients are commonly referred to orthopedic surgeons, even though about 90 per cent are not surgical candidates. They are also often referred for unnecessary expensive diagnostic services such as MRIs,” says Dr. Robert Haig, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Chiropractic Association.
Nearly 2 million Ontarians use the services of a chiropractor each year; so why are so many Ontarians choosing chiropractic care?
- Chiropractic care is low cost, often covered by workplace insurance plans
- Chiropractic care is non-invasive
- Chiropractic care is effective
- Chiropractic care treats the problem
- Chiropractors utilize several therapies for treatment
- Chiropractors often work in collaboration with physical and massage therapists which benefit the patient
If you are suffering with back pain, please call our office to schedule an appointment – 519-258-8544.
1 – Ontario Chiropractic Association, 2004. Manga P, Angus D, et al. (1993). The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic management of low-back pain. Statistics Canada. Health status of Canadians: Report of the 1991 General Social Survey, Ottawa, 1994. 2 – Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD1, Vijay Singh, MD2, Sukdeb Datta, MD3, Steven P. Cohen, MD4, and Joshua A. Hirsch, MD5, Comprehensive Review of Epidemiology, Scope,and Impact of Spinal Pain, 2009. 3 – Stokes J, Desjardins S, et al. Economic Burden in Health Canada. Arthritis in Canada: An ongoing challenge. Ottawa: Health Canada, 2003 (Cat. # H39-4/14-2003E), pp. 42.