This ad in The Wall Street Journal (Monday, January 26, 2015) highlights the importance of conservative care as your first option.
"42.7% of workers who first consulted a surgeon underwent back surgery."
"1.5% of workers who first consulted a Doctor of Chiropractic underwent back surgery."
The message: By seeing a chiropractor first, your chances of undergoing surgery in the future go way down.
Link to research article cited in advertisement: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4258106/