Pioneering Research Into Chronic Low Back Pain Treatment

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Why They Did It

The authors of this paper wanted to compare hospital outpatient treatment with chiropractic treatment and their efficacy in treating long-term low back pain that was determined to be of mechanical origin.

How They Did It

  • The study was a randomized controlled trial.
  • The setting was in chiropractic clinics as well as in hospital outpatient clinics.
  • 741 patients were used for the study.
  • The patients ranged in age from 18 to 65.
  • The patients had to have been free of any treatment for the previous month.
  • The Outcome Assessment was made using the Oswestry pain disability questionnaire, the straight leg raising test, and in lumbar flexion.

What They Found

  • Chiropractic was found to be superior over hospital outpatient management.
  • Mostly for chronic or severe back pain.

Wrap It Up

“For patients with low back pain in whom manipulation is not contraindicated chiropractic almost certainly confers worthwhile, long term benefit in comparison with hospital outpatient management. The benefit is seen mainly in those with chronic or severe pain.”

Meade TW, D.S., Browne W, et. al., Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomized comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. Br Med J, 1990. 300: p. 1431-1437.

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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