Many prescriptions are to ease pain that you are experiencing and those can become addictive. Painkillers do not fix the underlying problem that is the cause of the pain in the first place. What happens is you get temporary relief from the pain and then after a while the pain returns, you go back to the doctor, you get back on pain medication and the cycle continues. You end up on a merry-go-round with medical care. According to the New York Times premiums, co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses have gone up considerably over the past few years.
A Chiropractor is more cost-effective than medical care
Now, look at chiropractic cost. The average cost of an adjustment is $65 per visit. Each visit could range from $34 to $106, depending on where you live. If x-rays are necessary, the cost can range from $44 to $159. Chiropractors sometime offer discounts for initial visits because their goal is to help you get relief from the pain you are experiencing AND they want to fix what is causing the problem. Chiropractic care is not a “quick-fix” to your pain it will take some time but in the end, the cause of the pain will be treated.
Most health insurance plans cover some level of chiropractic care. Like medical expenses, chiropractic care expenses are tax-deductible. Many chiropractic offices accept insurance and have payment plans available.
A study done in 2007 compared costs to patients using chiropractors as their primary care physicians to medical doctor care. This study involved 70,000 member-months spanning a seven-year period. The results of the study showed that “hospital admissions were decreased by 60.2%, cost of days spent in the hospital were decreased by 59%, outpatient surgeries decreased by 62%, and prescription drug costs decreased by 85% compared to conventional medically driven care.”