Consumer Reports is a monthly consumer advocacy magazine with a circulation of about four million subscribers. Its ﬁrst issue appeared in January 1936. It publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on recorded results from its in-house testing laboratory. Consumer Reports’ annual testing budget is approximately 21 million dollars.
Consumer Reports prides itself on its objectivity. It does not incorporate outside advertising, accept free product samples, or permit the commercial use of its reviews for selling products. Its publisher states this policy allows the magazine to “maintain our independence and impartiality.” It avoids the possibility of bias from bribery or from being given ‘better than average’ samples. There are more than 100 experts working in seven major areas, including health.
In May 2009, Consumer Reports published an article titled Relief for Your Aching Back: What Works for Our Readers. The percentage of people highly satisﬁ ed with their back pain treatments provided the following: Chiropractic Physician, 59%; Physical Therapist, 55%; Acupuncturist, 53%; Physician/Specialist, 44%; and Physician/Primary Care, 34%.
On October 12, 2009, Mercer Health and Beneﬁ ts released a study, which was authored by physicians Niteesh Choudhry, MD, PhD, and Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH. This report cites 18 references from the National Library of Medicine PubMed database. The Executive Summary of the report makes the following points:
• “Chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation and mobilization, are used by almost half of the US patients with persistent backpain seeking out this modality of treatment.”
• “Chiropractic care is more effective than other modalities for treating low back and neck pain.”
At Injury, Health & Wellness, Dr. Mark Boylan, a chiropractic physician, utilizes his 33 years of experience and exceptional staff to provide recommended possibilities of spinal manipulation, physical therapies, therapeutic massage and/or rehabilitation among other forms of treatments to obtain the quickest, most effective improvement. Recommendations are provided depending on each individual need and discussed with each patient as to the various treatment possibilities. Dr. Boylan may recommend another medical specialist if a condition would respond more favorably, stating some con ditions can best beneﬁ t with co-management of two expert providers.
Dr. Mark Boylan has been selected to participate in the OptumHealth/ United HealthCare Tier 1 Advantage Program! Dr. Boylan’s status is an indication of his commitment to providing safe, quality, and affordable health care services to his patients by consistently incorporating the most current and best clinical evidence into their treatment plans.
He is also one of only 120 Florida physician graduates of the Spine Research Institute of San Diego and one of 29 having exam certiﬁcation.
If you have acute, chronic or recurrent neck or back condition, having had surgery or not, contemplating surgery, or don’t like the effects and are concerned about long term side effects of medications, Dr. Boylan has extensive experience and training in treating difﬁ cult conditions and traumatic injuries related to automobile accidents and athletic injuries for effective recovery.
Published in The Apopka Chief & The Planter Newspapers.