Expert Proof For Low Back Pain Treatment Recommendations

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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 costs added up to about $26.3 billion 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:
    • back-specific function
    • generic health status
    • pain
    • work disability
    • patient satisfaction
  • The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society collaborated to create guidelines and procedures 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, et. al., “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):478-491.

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 the general, overall level of health!

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Till next time……

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