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Table 3 The ten most frequently reported reasons for attending chiropractic care and the percentage of patients who sought chiropractic care for each condition (78 studies)

From: The chiropractic profession: a scoping review of utilization rates, reasons for seeking care, patient profiles, and care provided

Reason for attending care Percentage of patients (median, IQR) Number of reporting studies*
Low back/back pain 49.7% (43.0-60.2) 50
Neck pain 22.5% (16.3-24.5) 36
Extremity problem 10.0% (4.3-22.0) 32
Wellness/maintenance 7.5% (3.0-14.0) 17
Hip pain 7.0% (0.8-10.8) 6
Headache 5.5% (4.0-9.3) 30
Unspecified/miscellaneous/other 5.0% (2.5-8.0) 23
Shoulder/arm pain 5.0% (3.8-7.2) 12
Visceral/non-musculoskeletal 3.1% (1.6-6.1) 15
Knee pain 2.9% (2.6-5.0) 5
  1. IQR interquartile range
  2. *some studies reported more than one reason for attending care