Chiropractic Care for Neck and Back Pain Supported By Research Studies

Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic care is both safe and effective. The American Chiropractic Association summarizes three important studies that show chiropractic treatment provides better results and satisfaction among patients and is even more cost effective than other forms of traditional medical care. In treating acute and chronic pain, chiropractic is consistently number one for relief from pain, patient satisfaction, and correction of the cause of back and neck pain. By examining the research supporting chiropractic care, you will find that chiropractic offers tremendous potential in meeting todays health care challenges.

In the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (Nyiendo et al, 2000) an article states that, “patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher portion of chiropractic patients (56% versus 13%) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.” Choosing a chiropractor over a family physician to treat low-back pain just makes sense based on conclusions from this study.

In another study found in the British Medical Journal (Korthals-de Bos et al, 2003) the American Chiropractic Association reports that, “in a randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care.

And in a third study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Hoving et al, 2002), in a randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.

Chiropractic is the largest, most regulated, and best recognized of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) professions. CAM patient surveys show that chiropractors are used more often than any other alternative provider group and patient satisfaction with chiropractic care is very high. There is steadily increasing patient use of chiropractic in the United States, which has tripled in the past two decades.
(Meeker, Haldeman (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine)

After evaluating the results of these studies, it seems clear that choosing chiropractic to treat chronic and acute pain is the most effective choice. If you have any questions, please contact us, or you may visit our website.

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