The Cost of Chiropractic Care vs. Traditional Health Care

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No matter how you spin it, healthcare can be expensive.  Visits to the doctors, prescriptions for pain or health management, surgeries, and other healthcare expenses can quickly add up.  Now consider regular visits to the chiropractor.  In the beginning, visits may be as often as three times a week, as more adjustments are necessary to correct years of misalignments and nervous system interference.  After correcting misalignments and restoring proper spinal positioning, regular maintenance visits are necessary and is required to get the most out of the health benefits that chiropractic care has to offer.  You may be thinking that this is several more visits than you would ever make to a doctor’s office as you only go if you are sick, injured, or in pain. While that may be true, chiropractic care is about prevention, proactive health care, and overall wellness, are the recurring visits are a small price to pay to maintain optimal health. Let’s take a look at the cost comparison or chiropractic care versus traditional healthcare expenses.

Healthcare Costs

When you experience illness or injury, your first step is most likely a trip to the doctor.  Your initial visit may not cost too much out of pocket.  But a lot of times, medical professionals will prescribe medications for pain or refer you to another doctor.  These medications and additional visits can add up, especially if they require refilling or recurrent visits.  Medications can be a temporary fix, but they are not a long-lasting solution that alleviates the root cause of the problem, meaning you’ll spend more money on more visits to the doctor or more prescriptions.  When problems worsen, surgeries or even hospitalization can be very costly.  It’s not just medical expenses that add up, it’s also time off work that can be costly because of illness or chronic pain.

Preventative Chiropractic Care Expenses

Upfront, the cost of chiropractic care can seem overwhelming.  Initially, chiropractic visits require physical examinations and X-rays to take a closer look at the areas of concern.  But the unique aspect of chiropractic care is its preventive nature.  Spinal health is critical to overall health.  Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference that doesn’t allow the brain to communicate with the body and can lead to all sorts of pain or sickness.  Regular adjustments from Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor will correct spinal misalignments and restore the function of the central nervous system.  When the central nervous system is functioning optimally because of neurologically-based chiropractic care from Dr. Lisetor, the body has an amazing ability to heal itself.  Not only can it heal more quickly, but it can even stop illness or pain before it starts without medications, surgeries, or other expensive, dangerous, and invasive procedures.  This means fewer trips to the doctor and more money in your pocket.

A Comparison of Expenses

Several studies looked at the cost of traditional healthcare verses chiropractic care and found that undergoing regular chiropractic care was significantly less than the cost of medical expenses.  In a North Carolina study, over 43,000 workman’s comp claims were examined over the course of 19 years.  It was discovered that the average claim managed by a medical doctor was $21,000, while chiropractic care costs only added up to $663, an 82% decrease!  Moreover, with chiropractic care, injured workers lost only 33 days of work on average while those under the care of an MD were out for 200 days or more.  A Nevada workers’ comp study supported these findings as well and found that loss of work time is one-third less with chiropractic care than with medical care.

If you haven’t invested in chiropractic care because of the cost, reconsider your stance.  Chiropractic care with Dr. Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic is a great way to get healthy and stay healthy by being proactive about your health.  In the long run, you are sure to save on expenses as well as feel your absolute best.  Call today to schedule a consultation.




“Cost of Chiropractic Care Compared to Family Physician.” International Chiropractors Association. 2008.

Maltby, J.K., Harrison, D.D., Harrison, D.E., Betz, J.W., Ferrantelli, J.R., Clum, G.W. “Frequency and Duration of Chiropractic Care for Headaches, Neck, and Upper Back Pain.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Aug 2008.


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