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Kentucky the only state to deem chiropractors non-essential

Posted at 9:11 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 21:11:19-04

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Chiropractors in Kentucky are the only chiropractor offices in the country that have been shut down.

Joseph Jeffries was forced to shutdown his Nicholasville office almost a month ago after the chiropractors in the state were deemed non-essential.

"We had received a previous letter that said we were part of healthcare," Jeffries said. "And then we received a second letter that said, no, you need to close your offices."

According to the American Chiropractic Association, Kentucky is the only state to do deem chiropractors as non-essential. States like Illinois, Michigan and Texas, have listed chiropractors as essential.

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"Essential means different things to different people," Jeffries said. "I wouldn't want to be the guy who makes the decisions on one business being essential and one business not being essential, but chiropractors treat about 35 million people a year and we are apart of the healthcare system."

On average, Jeffries' office sees 150 patients a week.

"We have patients that have debilitating lower back pain who are stuck in bed," Jeffries said. "Patients are missing work, including first responders. Like I said, it's troubling to hear the voicemails."