Incidence on Absence from Work and Hospitalization
In 1987, a study of 17,142 patients in Italy by medical physicians and Chiropractors concluded:
The clinical-statistical survey carried out by the 22 Static Clinics located throughout Italy, the results of which I have the honor of presenting in this publication, lies within the above-described scope and is aimed at developing investigation efforts within every aspect of the Italian health system that has proved successful and that has helped curtail health costs in general and hospitalization costs in particular.
The Static Clinics are designed for the treatment of patients suffering from painful syndromes affecting the spinal column, which may be referred to the specific rachidial segment.
The recurrence rate of rheumatic diseases (arthrosis, arthritis, etc.) is very high in Italy and rank first among the chronic-degenerative pathologies, so much so that they are considered social diseases.
These disorders entail considerable costs, not only in terms of health expenditure (essentially due to the occupation of hospital beds), insurance costs and social welfare, but primarily in terms of loss of productive forces caused by prolonged periods of inactivity or reduced productivity in the work place.
Treatment involving manipulation integrated by traction and mechanical therapy has proved that all the staticodynamic disorders can be successfully eliminated.
The results of our survey presented herein, are clear and incontrovertible: our sample population of over seventeen thousand patients treated with Chiropractic for at least two years showed that this treatment could lead to a 75.55 percent reduction in the number of daily absences from work and could cut down the number of hospitalized patients by 87.60 percent vis-a-vis other currently used forms of treatment (pharmacological, physiokinesitherapic, surgical, etc.).
A most meaningful indicator of the effectiveness of Chiropractic is the improvement it produces in the quality of life, not only because of its curative effect but also thanks to its preventative and rehabilitative functions.
(Chiropractic - Therapeutical effectiveness - Social importance. Incidence on Absence from Work and Hospitalization, Survey on a sample of 17,142 patients Italy, 1987, Professor F. Splendori.)
Chiropractic: 75% reduction in the number of daily absences
Chiropractic: 87% reduction in patient hospitalization