Cost per case comparison of back injury claims of chiropractic versus medical management for conditions with identical diagnostic codes

J Occup Med. 1991 Aug;33(8):847-52. doi: 10.1097/00043764-199108000-00008.


This study assessed the total cost per case of chiropractic claims and medical claims for conditions with identical diagnostic codes. The sample consisted of 3062 claims or 40.6% of the 7551 estimated back injury claims from the 1986 Workers' Compensation Fund of Utah. For the total data set, cost for care was significantly more for medical claims, and compensation costs were 10-fold less for chiropractic claims.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Back Injuries*
  • Chiropractic / economics*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Diseases / diagnosis
  • Occupational Diseases / economics*
  • Occupational Diseases / therapy
  • Spinal Injuries / diagnosis
  • Spinal Injuries / economics*
  • Spinal Injuries / therapy
  • Utah
  • Workers' Compensation / statistics & numerical data*