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According to a report released Tuesday by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, states that give injured workers control over the selection of their medical providers are among those with the highest prevalence of chiropractic care, which the data shows. can lead to lower workers’ compensation costs.
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based organization, as part of a long-term project studying physical medicine as an alternative to opioids for musculoskeletal disorders, addressed the prevalence and access to chiropractic care for workers injured in 28 states. It found that such care “varied considerably” by state.
The percentage of low back pain claims with chiropractic care in the first 18 months after injury ranged from 5% to 34%. States in the higher range included California, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin, all of which allow injured workers to choose their medical providers. States in the lower range included Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, which do not allow all workers to choose suppliers.
The analysis showed that claims with care provided exclusively by chiropractors were associated with lower costs and shorter duration of temporary disability.
To read more about the study or to download a copy, click here.
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