Most chiropractic consults evidence based: study

Researchers from the University of Melbourne collected de-identified data from 4464 consultations carried out by 52 Victorian chiropractors between December 2010 and September 2012.

The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia and based on the model used in the BEACH research program, found that musculoskeletal issues were cited as the reason for 60 per 100 encounters with a chiropractor. 

Encounters relating to no specific complaint, classed by practitioners as "maintenance care", "wellness" or "checkup", accounted for 39 per 100 consults.

Back problems were managed at a rate of 62 per 100 encounters, while the most frequent treatment provided by chiropractors was spinal manipulation therapy and massage.

Lead author Dr Simon French, from the university’s General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, said the study was the first of its kind in the world, and provided the most detailed information