Chiropractic care, once not taken seriously, has been rising in acceptance as a serious treatment as study after study has found it to change patient outcomes. The conclusion of a study in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, undertaken in order to determine the results of chiropractic care—both in time and expense—versus other treatments for back pain, concluded:
Joint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable.