An increasing number of research studies endorse chiropractic for the treatment of low back pain. In May 2018 the Journal of the American Medical Association (1) published an article that showed the effectiveness of chiropractic when used with medical care among active duty military personnel. The authors concluded: “patients who received usual medical care plus chiropractic care reported a statistically significant moderate improvement in low back pain intensity and disability at 6 weeks compared with those who received usual care alone.” The study compared military personnel treated for low back pain at three different military facilities. The subjects received either usual medical care or usual medical care plus chiropractic treatment for six weeks. They found that participants who received both usual medical care and chiropractic had significant improvement in pain and disability compared to those who got medical care alone.
The findings of that study were similar to research done by the AMA. In April 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showed favorable outcomes for the treatment of low back pain with chiropractic. The authors concluded: “Among patients with acute low back pain, spinal manipulative therapy was associated with improvements in pain and function with only transient minor musculoskeletal harms.” (2) The study was a review of 26 randomized controlled trials that evaluated the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulation for the treatment of low back pain.
As an effective non-drug, nonsurgical treatment approach, chiropractic should be considered first as a “first line” treatment option for patients with uncomplicated low back pain. We have provided chiropractic treatment for low back pain and related problems to patients for over 30 years. If you are suffering with low back pain, give our office a call today and let us help you start feeling better tomorrow.
- Goertz CM, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Walter J, Coulter I. Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back Pain: A Comparative Effectiveness Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2018;1(1):e180105.
- Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, et al, for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:514–530.
Dr. McGee is the chiropractic consultant for the Division of Sports Medicine at East Carolina University.