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Prevalence of Nonmusculoskeletal Complaints in Chiropractic Practice: Report from a Practice-Based Research Program

Rresearchers evaluated data from 110 chiropractic offices in 32 states and 2 Canadian provinces. In total, 7,651 patients visited these offices during a designated week.

Findings showed that "non-musculoskeletal complaints accounted for 10.3% of the chief complaints." Factors that boosted a patient's likelihood of seeking care for non-musculoskeletal reasons were: being below 15 years of age; being female; presenting in a small town or rural location; having multiple complaints; having received medical care for the chief complaint; and having first received chiropractic care before 1960

Practices that provided care for the highest proportion of non-musculoskeletal cases tending to be in metropolitan areas and tended to offer more adjunctive therapies (such as nutritional recommendations, naturopathy and homeopathy), compared with practices that saw more musculoskeletal cases. In addition, an inverse correlation was evident between accepting health insurance and caring for non-musculoskeletal chief complaints.

 Hawk C, Long CR, Boulanger KT.   J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2001 (Mar-Apr); 24 (3): 157-169