Chiropractic Journal of Australia 1992 (Jun); 22 (2): 47–53
A retrospective study was made of all work-related mechanical low-back (MLBP) claimants within a twelve-month period in Victoria, Australia. Two matched samples were identified where management was solely by either a chiropractor or a medical practitioner.
Comparisons of costs and outcomes were made between the two samples with the results being:
(i) a significantly lower number of claimants requiring compensation days when chiropractic management was chosen,
(ii) fewer compensation days taken by claimants who received chiropractic management,
(iii) a greater number of patients progressed to chronic status when medical management was chosen, and
(iv) a greater average payment per claim with medical management.
A further result, namely, a higher average practitioner payment with chiropractic management, suggests a more intense level of practitioner/patient interaction by chiropractors. These results demonstrate a significant benefit to the community by chiropractic participation within the Victorian compensation scheme for work-related low-back pain.