Feb 23

New Study Supports Chiropractic Care for Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain is the fifth most common reason that people go to the doctor. Studies have suggested that half of working Americans suffer from back pain each year. According to a 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, an estimated 25 percent of American adults reported that they suffered from back pain for at least a day within the last three months.

According to MedicalNewsToday, a new review of existing research finds that spinal manipulation–the kind of hands-on regimen that a chiropractor might perform on you–is as helpful as other common treatments like painkillers.

The article notes that patients with back pain frequently turn to painkillers, which can cause side effects and be addictive, or to physical therapy, which is time-consuming and expensive. The new review looks at a third option spinal manipulation.

“The effectiveness of this therapy has long been controversial,” the study states. “Some proponents are slowly starting to view it as effective for chronic low-back pain. The results of this review will support that view.” The researchers found that spinal manipulation worked about as well as the other treatments. It appears to work well in particular for certain kinds of patients, Rubinstein said, including those with restricted movement in the back, those without psychological issues, and those without symptoms below the knee related to the sciatic nerve.

The findings appear in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library. The journal is a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic.

If you are suffering from lower back pain and don’t want to have to rely on medication with possible side effects, talk to a reputable chiropractor to see if chiropractic care can help. Although I have never treated with a chiropractor, my wife and daughter (and hundreds of my clients) swear by them.


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  1. WILLIAM CUMMINGS 5 Jun 2016 | reply


  2. Calvin James 22 Nov 2014 | reply

    A good chiropractor can do miracles for your back. I know because I have experienced it. I messed my back up when I was wrestling my freshman year of high school. It was in a lot of pain for about a month until i decided to go see a chiropractor and I haven’t had back pain ever since. http://www.abeschiropracticcenter.com

  3. Michael Williams 11 Nov 2014 | reply

    I have really bad neck pain, and I don’t know the cause of it. I thought it was just for sleeping on it wrong, but it’s been there for 3 days. I think I need to set up a chiropractor appointment. http://www.edgarchiropractic.ca/treatments

  4. Brooke Bowen 14 Oct 2014 | reply

    I got in a car accident a couple weeks ago. I hurt my back during the accident and thought it would get better. I’m surprised it hasn’t and don’t know what to do to fix it. Is this something I would go to a chiropractor for?

  5. I’ve been considering seeing a chiropractor after an incident a few days ago. I was standing up from my desk after work, and as I stood up, a loud pop echoed throughout the building. I was unable to bend my back the rest of the evening. When I woke up the next morning everything was back to normal, (pun intended). I still think I should see a chiropractor, though. I hope I can find a good one that’s nearby. Thanks for the post. http://www.healthatlastfv.com/

  6. Norah Chandler 16 May 2014 | reply

    I like to go visit a chiropractor after a lot of driving. If I’ve had a long week of commuting, or just finished a road trip, my back is usually pretty stiff. How often do others visit the chiropractor?
    Norah Chandler | http://www.qualitylifemn.com/index.php?p=183319

  7. Rod Lucas 25 Mar 2013 | reply

    I think that these chiropractic care suwanee ga centers do such a great job. They can turn your back pains completely around.

  8. Dallas Cold Laser 12 Mar 2013 | reply

    Chiropractor is also a people who responsible in chiropractic services and if you have body pains, you can also consult to them.

  9. Barry Weaver 10 Nov 2012 | reply

    A chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain. The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion.

  10. A chiropractor employs several hands-on spinal moves, including a variety of replacement processes, to appropriately line up the musculoskeletal composition of the body system. The target is to let the body to recover without making use of medication or surgical treatment. A chiropractor employs vertebrae moves or manipulations to get back the joint’s ability to move and regain injured regions. The manipulations try to gain the body’s capability to support itself after a upsetting event. A chiropractor can assist you address repetitive anxiety or constant injury.

  11. Felix Worley 20 Mar 2012 | reply

    For most people, back pain is a condition that can disrupt one’s daily routine. However, history has proven that chiropractic care is an effective treatment for back pain. It is typically done by hands-on massage, which involves certain procedures such as spinal and manual manipulation.

  12. Buck Arunachalam 4 Nov 2011 | reply

    A lot of employees suffer from body pain during and after work. So they need to be educated on proper ergonomics. And for construction workers, they need to have safety equipments while working.

  13. That’s a fine fine article. Really thoughtfully put together and
    presented perfectly.

  14. chiropractor sydney 29 Jun 2011 | reply

    Chiropractic care is very important if you are suffering from back pain. Pain killers can sometimes be a joke and people get attached to it like a drug so it’s important to look after your back by seeing a good chiro.

  15. MMA Shorts 24 May 2011 | reply

    Back Pain MD provides a rich & ever-expanding collection of articles, videos, and research addressing the causes & solutions for chronic back pain. Know our detail by back pain link.

  16. excel training 13 Apr 2011 | reply

    I have been going to my chiropractor on and off for years. I went for sports injuries and even whiplash after a bad car accident and it helped. Some things they help a lot with but I was also under 30 when I was going.

  17. This is great news, I haven’t seen this study, thank you so much for recognizing it.
    Ron Spallone, DC
    Evocare Center for Physical Health
    3500 South Wadsworth Boulevard, Suite 302, Lakewood, CO 80235-2054
    (303) 980-5699 ‎

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