Chiropractic Treatment of Back Pain: Facts & Statistics

While chiropractors treat more than back pain, a lot of patients do visit a chiropractor for just that—relief from back pain or neck pain. Of course, that's what we're most interested in here at SpineUniverse, so we've put together a few facts and statistics about chiropractic care and back pain.

chiropractor examines a man's low backA chiropractor exams a man's low back to help determine the cause of his back pain. Photo Source:

Chiropractic Treatment of Back Pain Facts

  • More than 35% of chiropractic patients are receiving care for upper or low back pain.1
  • About 20% of chiropractic patients are receiving treatment for neck pain.1
  • People often go to chiropractors to receive treatment for back pain, neck pain, headaches, car accidents, repetitive motion injuries or strains, and sports injuries.1
  • You can visit a chiropractor if you have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis (or another type of arthritis).1
  • Treatments provided by chiropractors include spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment), massage, diet and nutritional counseling, and weight loss help.2
  • Chiropractic adjustment is an effective treatment that's performed around 1 million times every business day in the United States.3
  • Your chiropractor can be your primary health care provider.3
  • Chiropractors will not prescribe medications as part of your treatment plan.4
  • Your chiropractor should be licensed by the state.4

If you're interested in seeing a chiropractor for your back pain or neck pain, ask around for a referral. Your doctor may be able to provide one; your friends and family are also excellent resources.

Updated on: 06/10/19
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