The UK BEAM Study: Chiropractic & Exercise Is The Way To Go For Back Pain

Friday, November 11th, 2016

A fairly widespread study was carried out in the UK for their National Health Service. It concerned researching the effectiveness of exercise alone, manipulation/mobilization alone, and then the two combined for the treatment of back pain.

Why They Did It

The authors wanted to explore the effectiveness of all three options for treatment of back pain for possible recommendations in the National Health Service for UK primary practitioners.

How They Did It

  • This study was a pragmatic randomized trial.
  • They used 181 general practices.
  • 63 community settings in 14 centers in the UK.
  • 1334 patients were used in the study.
  • The Roland-Morris disability questionnaire was used for the Outcome Assessments at the 3-month mark and at the 12-month mark.

What They Found

  • All groups improved somewhat over time.
  • Exercise helped at the 3-month mark.
  • Manipulation was effective at the 3-month mark as well as the 12-month mark.
  • Manipulation followed by Exercise was even more effective at both marks.

Wrap It Up

When compared to “best care” practices for general practitioners in the UK’s NHS system, Manipulation followed by exercise was the moderately better overall treatment for back pain.

Underwood M, et. al. “United Kingdom back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care: UK BEAM Trial” BMJ. 2004 Dec 11; 329

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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! Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

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