The Prevalence, Patterns, and Predictors of Chiropractic Use Among US Adults Results From the 2012 National Health Interview Survey

Abstract and Introduction


Study Design. Secondary analysis of a national survey.

Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence, patterns, and predictors of chiropractic utilization in the US general population.

Summary of Background Data. Chiropractic is one of the largest manual therapy professions in the United States and internationally. Very few details have been reported about the use of chiropractic care in the United States in recent years.

Methods. Cross-sectional data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (n = 34,525) were analyzed to examine the lifetime and 12-month prevalence and utilization patterns of chiropractic use, profile of chiropractic users, and health-related predictors of chiropractic consultations.

Results. Lifetime and 12-month prevalence of chiropractic use were 24.0% and 8.4%, respectively. There is a growing trend of chiropractic use among US adults from 2002 to 2012. Back pain (63.0%) and neck pain (30.2%) were the most prevalent health problems for chiropractic consultations and the majority of users reported chiropractic helping a great deal with their health problem and improving overall health or well-being. A substantial number of chiropractic users had received prescription (23.0%) and/or over-the-counter medications (35.0%) for the same health problem for which chiropractic was sought and 63.8% reported chiropractic care combined with medical treatment as helpful. Both adults older than 30 years (compared to younger adults), and those diagnosed with spinal pain (compared to those without spinal pain) were more likely to have consulted a chiropractor in the past 12 months.

Conclusion. A substantial proportion of US adults utilized chiropractic services during the past 12 months and reported associated positive outcomes for overall well-being and/or specific health problems for which concurrent conventional care was common. Studies on the current patient integration of chiropractic and conventional health services are warranted.

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Meet Dr. Greg Haitz

Dr. Greg Haitz first became interested in health and wellness at a young age. He would often find himself reading food labels and nutritional facts. As a teenager he started studying exercise and nutrition and weight training. These early interests persisted and he found himself pursuing college studies in biology, psychology and exercise at Mesa State College. After a car accident left him with daily headaches, he sought out a natural approach to the problem. That seeking landed him in a chiropractor’s office where he not only found a permanent and natural fix to his daily headaches, but also a future career. Dr Greg Haitz finished his studies at Mesa State and was accepted into the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa where he graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2003. He also completed an internship in the Palmer College Sports Injury and Rehab department. Since that time he has received post graduate training in nutrition, and received his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designation from the NSCA.

Dr Greg Haitz opened Rimrock Wellness Center in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2007 to help his clients live a healthier lifestyle by addressing the three dimensions of stress – physical, biochemical, and psychological. Creating Wellness in an add on system to chiropractic that incorporates fitness and exercise, weight management and nutrition, and the mind body connection in making healthier lifestyle choices and stress management.

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Dr. Greg Haitz has helped thousands of people in his community by using chiropractic as a gentle, natural and non-invasive treatment method for optimum health, while encouraging them to explore their wellness challenges at the same time. Chiropractic is the fastest growing health care system in the world and Dr. Greg Haitz is clearly a leader in his community in helping that growth to continue.

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