Florida Chiropractic Association Partners with AF Florida

The Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA), whose 4,200 chiropractic physician members treat millions of Floridians, has partnered with the Arthritis Foundation Florida Chapter to underwrite its annual Golf Book project.   The association has also engaged its local chiropractic societies to sponsor local AF events, including the annual Creaky Bones 5K Run in St Petersburg.

“Chiropractic physicians have a natural interest in supporting the work of the Arthritis Foundation because we take care of patients with arthritis on a daily basis,” said Dr. Keith Walburn, President, “improving their quality of life and activities of daily living.”

It shouldn’t surprise you that chiropractic physicians are treating arthritis sufferers.  The results of a survey of 232 people who had arthritis and were under a rheumatologist’s care were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1999.  63% responded to the survey by saying they were using some form of "complementary care" as named by the study.  Of those people, 31% were using chiropractic.  These numbers may themselves be grossly under reported, as only 45% of the patients told their doctor about using the other forms of care.

Translating these reported numbers, over 19% of the public who are seeing a rheumatologist are also seeing a chiropractor.  And if less than half of the patients are telling their doctor about it, the actual number may be twice as high.

Possibly the most impressive statistic was that 73% of those trying chiropractic found it helpful.  The reasons given why people said they tried the non-medical care was to control pain, because “they heard it helps,” “because it is safe,” “because it helped someone they know,” and “because their prescription medication wasn't working.”

Many who have mild degenerative changes are told their back pain is due to arthritis.  A recent Consumer Reports survey of more than 14,000 subscribers who experienced back pain in the past year but who had never had surgery related that 59% were highly satisfied with chiropractic care, making chiropractic the highest rated approach for back pain.

For more about The Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA), click here.

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