Posted by: Wagner IT | June 26, 2010

Why Doctors Hate Chiropractors * Part 1

Is Chiropractic Care a Visionary Form of Health-Care Reform?

Health care in the 21st Century should be innovative, state-of-the-art, accessible to all, and comprehensive. Too often, I meet patients suffering from chronic or debilitating pain who are uninsured, underinsured, or whose insurance does not recognize the value of chiropractic services.  This is especially true for seniors who often have many needs and who are frequently well served by treatments such as Spinal Decompression Therapy.  Research supports the benefits of this and other chiropractic therapies, yet some insurances still do not cover these affordable procedures.

It is my hope that trends are shifting. They should. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I see myself as more than a treatment option, but also as an adjunctive coordinator, dedicated to guiding every patient in the direction of improved wellbeing, which sometimes means referring to other practitioners. After 15 years of advocating for my patients, I have earned the trust of  medical doctors and therapists by developing a strong cooperative relationship with practitioners in my community. Outcome is my only priority. Health care reform that acknowledges the improved health benefits of chiropractic care will allow me and others to work more cooperatively with medical doctors to reduce the cost of health care in the long run.

Recently, a patient who is also a friend sent me this article. I think it has important information worth sharing with you. Here is Part 1 from “Why Doctors Hate Chiropractors”, from  which sheds light on the misconceptions surrounding the role of chiropractic physicians in the system we call “Health Care”. The author is not noted in the online version of the article, but the source is the renowned Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, founder and director of Iris City Chiropractic Center, PC, Griffin, Georgia, and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. Enjoy…


J. Adam Wagner, DC

Part 1 of 2:

If you’ve ever complained of a terrifically sore neck or lingering back pain, I’ll bet someone suggested that you see a chiropractor. I visit my chiropractor when my recurrent neck pain flares up (as in, when I spend too many hours in front of my computer for too many days in a row), and I know lots of other people who see chiropractors, too. Now research is affirming the efficacy of chiropractic care for a number of conditions, and this trend may be further stoked by changes brought about by health-care reform.

For many complaints, including such varied and seemingly unrelated ones as headaches and digestive distress as well as back and neck problems, chiropractic care can often provide safe, effective and fast-working treatment — and (unusual for natural therapies) most insurance plans cover it. However, many mainstream medical doctors aren’t fans. Their reasons aren’t always clear but seem to lie somewhere on the spectrum between being worried that chiropractic care is not safe and feeling threatened that good chiropractors may take away many of their patients.

The Time is Right

In a glass-is-half-full kind of way, today’s troubled health-care environment actually presents an opportunity for chiropractors to gain some long overdue respect — at least that’s a hope that’s currently afloat in the chiropractic community, I heard from Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association. A critical-care nurse for 20 years before becoming a chiropractor himself, Dr. Hayden explained that the nation’s ongoing and pressing concern about health-care costs and treatment efficacy is a good backdrop against which to understand the many ways chiropractic care can help patients.

Why are doctors skeptical? Dr. Hayden told me that one of his regular patients is an orthopedic surgeon — but another orthopedist in his community won’t accept patient referrals from Dr. Hayden, and a nearby hospital won’t perform MRI scans for his patients. He believes this lack of acceptance is fueled by the very fact that chiropractic does not involve drugs and can be an effective alternative to hospitalization and surgery, which makes it attractive to both patients and the bean counters of health-care costs. The fact that Medicare now covers some chiropractic services enhances its credibility but also adds weight to worries that this natural, less invasive and less expensive alternative will divert health-care dollars away from medical doctors and hospitals.

Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, founder and director of Iris City Chiropractic Center, PC, Griffin, Georgia, and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association.


  1. Why Doctors Hate Chiropractors * Part 1…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

  2. This doctors are just saying things so that the economy of chiropractors will go down! Chiropractors are also professionals in terms of they’re task. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post.

  3. I think we should all just get along…all health care providers are out to do what’s best for the patient!

    • I agree. In my practice, I have worked very diligently to forge great working relationships with my patient’s medical doctors, and the respect and mutual collaboration is very rewarding. I believe that it is in the patient’s best interest that medical doctors and chiropractors work together to improve our patient’s outcome.

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