Table 3

Distribution of most frequent problems managed as reported by chiropractors*

NumberPercent of total problems managed (n=4540)Estimate per 100 encounters (n=3523)
% (95% CI)Estimate (95% CI)
Back problem224249.38 (43.3 to 55.5)63.64 (55.7 to 70.9)
Neck problem68915.18 (12.5 to 18.3)19.56 (15.6 to 24.3)
Back syndrome with radiating pain2736.01 (4.5 to 8.0)7.75 (5.7 to 10.5)
Sprain/strain of joint nos1944.27 (3.2 to 5.8)5.51 (4.1 to 7.4)
Bursitis/tendinitis nos1483.26 (2.1 to 5.0)4.20 (2.7 to 6.5)
Shoulder problem1212.67 (1.9 to 3.7)3.43 (2.4 to 4.8)
Muscle problem952.09 (1.4 to 3.1)2.70 (1.8 to 4.1)
Osteoarthritis, other (not spine)891.96 (1.4 to 2.7)2.53 (1.8 to 3.5)
Non-musculoskeletal problem571.28 (0.7 to 2.3)1.59 (0.9 to 2.8)
Musculoskeletal disease, other440.97 (0.5 to 1.9)1.25 (0.7 to 2.4)
Neurological problem420.93 (0.5 to 1.8)1.19 (0.6 to 2.3)
Hip symptom/complaint420.93 (0.5 to 1.6)1.19 (0.7 to 2.1)
Musculoskeletal symptom/complaint other420.93 (0.4 to 1.4)1.19 (0.5 to 2.9)
Health maintenance/preventive care390.86 (0.2 to 3.9)1.11 (0.2 to 5.0)
Kyphosis and scoliosis360.79 (0.3 to 2.1)1.02 (0.4 to 2.7)
Knee symptom/complaint350.77 (0.4 to 1.4)0.99 (0.6 to 1.7)
Ankle problem320.70 (0.4 to 1.2)0.91 (0.5 to 1.5)
Headache310.68 (0.3 to 1.4)0.88 (0.4 to 1.8)
Tennis elbow280.62 (0.3 to 1.3)0.79 (0.4 to 1.7)
Jaw symptom/complaint260.57 (0.4 to 0.9)0.74 (0.5 to 1.1)
Injury musculoskeletal nos220.48 (0.2 to 1.0)0.62 (0.3 to 1.3)
Concussion220.48 (0.2 to 1.3)0.62 (0.2 to 1.7)
  • *Missing data not used in calculations.

  • nos, not otherwise specified.