Researched & Tested Treatment For Long-term Pain

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Why They Did It

The authors of this paper wanted to find out the efficacy of medication, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation for long-term (chronic) conditions.

How They Did It

  • The study was a randomized clinical trial.
  • The study took place at Townsville’s General Hospital from 1999-2001.
  • The study ran for 9 weeks.
  • 69 subjects were treated by the various protocols.
  • They were assessed and followed-up on a full year after treatment was concluded.
  • The Outcome Assessments used were Oswestry Back Pain Index, Neck Disability index, Short-Form-36, and Visual Analogue Scale.

What They Found

  • For the spinal manipulation group, there was absolute efficacy shown in the Outcome Assessment measurements.
  • For chiropractic treatment, there was was broad-based long-term benefit in 5 of the 7 outcome measures.
  • There was only ONE outcome measure showing efficacy in the acupuncture and medication groups.

Wrap It Up

“In patients with chronic spinal pain syndromes, spinal manipulation, if not contraindicated, may be the only treatment modality of the assessed regimens that provides broad and significant long-term benefit.”

Muller R, G.L., Long-term follow-up of a randomized clinical trial assessing the efficacy of medication, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation for chronic mechanical spinal pain syndromes. J Manipulative Physiol Ther., 2005. 28(1): p. 3-11.

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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