Chronic Spinal Pain and Chiropractic. Significant Results.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
Here’s one on effectiveness for chronic spinal pain. 

Why Did They Do It?

The authors wanted to test and compare effectiveness of chiropractic manipulation in chronic spinal pain complaints. They used several different protocols including needle acupuncture, nonsterioidal anti-inflammatory medication, and/or chiropractic manipulation. 

How Did They Do It?

  • 77 patients randomly assigned to receive one of the treatment protocols
  • 30 days of treatments
  • Symptoms and changes were assessed through Outcome Assessment questionnaires (Oswestry Back Pain Disability Index, Neck Disability Index, and VAS scales). 

What Did They Find?

  • After 30 days, spinal manipulation was the only intervention to achieve statistically significant improvement. Wow! Of course, we knew that would be the case but it’s always good to have it confirmed. 
  • Chiropractic care = 30.7% reduction in Oswestry scores, 25% reduction in neck disability scores. 
  • VAS scores were 50%  less for low back pain, 46% less for upper back pain, and 33% less for neck pain. 

Wrap It Up
Chiropractic is the treatment of choice in chronic spinal pain (low back, upper back, neck pain). Especially in regards to acupuncture and anti-inflammatory medication. 

The research was highlighted in an article by Dynamic Chiropractic, Vol. 33, Number 5 and linked here.

Giles LG, Muller R. Chronic spinal pain syndromes: a clinical pilot trial comparing acupuncture, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and spinal manipulation. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, July/August 1999:22(6), pp376-81.

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled.  We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising your general, overall level of health!

We have seen time and time again the amazing effectiveness of chiropractic for issues such as neck out of alignment, hips out of alignment, back alignment, lower back alignment hip out of alignment, back out of alignment, etc… We have just about seen it all.

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Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.

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