Have you ever wondered how exactly how effective spinal manipulation is for back pain?
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA):
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest.
In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.
In fact, a patient information article published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association also suggested chiropractic care as an option for people suffering from low back pain. The article goes so far as to suggest that surgery is not needed unless all other options have been explored.
Also, a new study published in Spine revealed that treating acute, non-specific lower back pain with spinal manipulation therapy is more effective than the non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug Diclofenac, and Diclofenac has been shown to be more effective than Ibuprofen 200 mg for lower back pain relief in an earlier study.
The ACA has put together an informative video worth watching if you’d like to know more about conservative chiropractic care, which you can see here.