Low Back Pain
The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that Americans are living
longer, but with more chronic back pain. More than 25% of American adults
suffered at least a day of back pain in the previous month.
A recent study compared the
effectiveness of chiropractic care to traditional medical management for low
back pain (LBP) with results showing a higher rate of success for chiropractic
The study included 2,870
adult patients with LBP from both chiropractic offices and general practice
clinics. Patients were asked to rate their pain levels at the onset and at
intervals for the following for years. The results showed the biggest
improvement in the first three months of initial treatment with a “modest
advantage” for chiropractic care over medical care for chronic pain patients.
Patients were asked to score their pain on a scale of 0 to 100. The comparison
of chiropractic vs. medical care scores showed an average difference of 12.2
points at one month and 10.5 points at three months, favoring chiropractic care.
There is a growing body of
research showing that chiropractic care can be helpful in a number of
conditions, including chronic headache, stress and even arthritis pain.
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- Health, United States, 2006. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Reuters press release:
"Long-Term Pain Hits 1 in 10 Adults." Nov. 14, 2006.
- Haas M, Goldberg B,
Aickin M, et al. A practice-based
study of patients with acute and chronic low back pain attending primary
care and chiropractic physicians: two-week to 48-month follow-up. Journal
of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2004;27:160-169.