Research: Advantage to Chiropractors in Low Back Pain

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Why They Did It:

To compare chiropractic patients and medical patients with Low Back Pain and see if the type of doctor influences how long people have the pain continue and the eventual outcome of the condition. 

How Did They Do It:

  • They went back 4 years
  • They used 51 chiropractic clinics
  • They used 14 general practice clinics
  • 2870 acute or chronic people with low back pain
  • 60 chiropractors participated
  • 111 general practice doctors (MDs/DOs) participated
  • Used VAS, self-reported pain scale, functional disability, and the Revised Oswestry Disability Questionnaire

What Did They Find?

  • Most improvement found at 3 months or less and sustained for 1 year
  • Acute patients saw the biggest relief at all intervals of measurement
  • A significant advantage was noticed for chiropractic patients in the chronic cases
  • Acute AND chronic chiropractic patients had greater relief up to 1 year.
  • The advantage for chiro care in chronic patients with leg pain below the knee was significant

What Did They Finally Decide?

This study simply echoed what the research is proving. Chiropractic, in Low Back Pain, is more effective than traditional medical care in general. The patient’s choice and referral between healthcare practitioners should be on the top of the minds of doctors, policymakers, and payer (insurance companies) when directing the care of these patients. 

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!  

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Till next time……

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

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