People with back pain who are treated by a chiropractor experience more relief than patients treated with standard care alone, according to new research.
A new study from the journal Spine tested the effects of combining chiropractic with standard medical care in 91 military personnel with low-back pain. While all service members received standard medical care, half were also treated with chiropractic spinal adjustments.
Chiropractic made a major difference: 73% of chiropractic patients had moderate to substantial pain relief, compared to just 17% of standard care patients. Chiropractic patients also had significantly lower disability scores.
This study shows that there’s a significant advantage in incorporating chiropractic into the standard care of back pain.
Goertz C, et al. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results from a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013; 38 (8): 627–634. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31827733e7.