low back pain chiropractic

Expert Proof For Low Back Pain Chiropractic Treatment Recommendations

Dr. Jeff Williams, chiropractr in Amarillo, TX, breaks it down


Low back pain is now the #1 reason for disability globally and is more expensive to treat than diabetes heart disease combined. 

Why They Did It

The authors in this paper note that low back pain happens to be the 5th most prevalent issue causing people to seek treatment at a doctor’s office.  They go on to state that about 25% of Americans of adult age experienced low back pain lasting an entire day at least one time in the previous three months. In addition, low back pain cost about $26.3 billion back in 1998.  The authors wanted to conduct a systematic review of the available evidence regarding the treatment of low back pain in adult-aged individuals.  

How They Did It·     

  • The data was collected via literature taken from sources such as MEDLINE, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and EMBASE.·     
  • The papers only contained randomized, controlled trials on patients having low back pain (with or without associated leg pain. ·      The patients needed to have reported at least 1 of the following Outcome Assessments:                 
    1. back-specific function                 
    2. generic health status                 
    3. pain                 
    4. work disability                 
    5. patient satisfaction·     

The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society collaborated to create guidelines and procedure for the review and subsequent recommendations.  

What They Found•     

For acute low back pain (duration <4 weeks), spinal manipulation administered by providers with appropriate training is associated with small to moderate short-term benefits.    

For chronic low back pain, moderately effective non-pharmacologic therapies include acupuncture, exercise therapy, massage therapy, Viniyoga-style yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy or progressive relaxation, spinal manipulation, and intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation. 

Wrap It Up

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) protocols are absolutely effective for both long-term and acute low back pain and should be considered as an entry point into the healthcare system for mechanical low back pain.

  • Chou R, e.a., Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Ann Intern Med, 2007. 147(7): p. 478-91.


Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is a Fellowship-trained Neuromusculoskeletal specialist and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.

Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.



Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM

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