Why Chiropractic Is The Secret Weapon For Back & Neck Pain

Thursday, September 15th, 2016
Women touching painful areas of neck and back

For some reason, regardless of the evidence and research, including randomized controlled trials that are out there in support of Chiropractic, manual therapies and spinal mobilization, there are those that continue to disparage the profession rather than educate themselves on the efficacy.

I believe it is true that we have outliers in every industry, including our profession. Most people are sensible enough to understand that there are outlier plumbers that will take advantage of a person just because they’re in the position to do so. There are mechanics changing perfectly good automotive parts and surgeons doing questionable or unnecessary surgery. There are insurance salesmen that will sell you insurance coverage they know will not really do you a lot of good. There are chiropractors out there that will make claims they should not make and will see you when it will not necessarily make much difference to your health.

I think it’s understandable that outliers exist and avoiding them is just part of navigating through life. There’s even a quote for it. “Fool me once, shame on you…..fool me twice, shame on me”, right?

But it seems that outliers get more attention in the Chiropractic profession than do the highly educated and highly professional practitioners that are getting people well every single day. This is, for obvious reasons, highly frustrating.

It is only through continual and consistent sharing of the research and evidence that the Chiropractic profession will change and eventually overcome this situation. I have faith that solid research and evidence can only be ignored for a specific amount of time. There is a shelf-life, if you will, on its being ignored.

So, with that in mind, here’s some research showing effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy and/or mobilization for low back and neck pain.

Why They Did It

As said above, the authors felt that there were a multitude of randomized clinical trials, reviews, and national clinical guidelines regarding chiropractic for low back pain and neck pain but that there still remained some controversy as to the effectiveness among some in the medical field. They wanted to step back and review all of the information, only accept valuable papers on the topic, and generate a solid opinion on Chiropractic effectiveness for treating low back pain and neck pain.

How They Did It

  • They chose papers on randomized trials from around the world through computerized databases.
  • They used two independent reviewers to check the quality of the papers using guidelines laid out before starting the project.
  • 69 randomized clinical trials were reviewed.
  • Only 43 ultimately met the predetermined criteria and were accepted for the review.

What They Found

  • There is moderate evidence that Chiropractic has more effectiveness for short-term pain relief than does mobilization and limited evidence of faster recovery over physical therapy.
  • For chronic low back pain, there is moderate evidence showing that spinal manipulative therapy has an effect that is equal to prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Also, spinal manipulation and mobilization show effectiveness in short-term relief over that of a primary practitioner as well as superiority in the long term when compared to physical therapy.
  • There is moderate to limited evidence showing that Chiropractic is superior to physical therapy in the long term and the short term treatment of low back pain and neck pain.
  • For a mix of short and long term pain, Chiropractic was either similar or superior to McKenzie exercises, medical treatment, or physical therapy.

Wrap It Up

The authors concluded that “recommendations can be made with confidence regarding the use of spinal manipulative therapy and/or mobilization as a viable option for the treatment of both low back pain and neck pain.”

Bronfort G, et al. “Efficacy of spinal manipulation and mobilization for low back pain and neck pain: a systematic review and best evidence synthesis.” Spine J. 2004 May-Jun;4(3):335-56.

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! Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.

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Till next time……

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