Chiropractic Offers Quicker Back Pain Recovery than Medical Care

Chiropractic Offers Quicker Back Pain Recovery than Medical Care

Chiropractic best for back painChiropractic is a proven effective way to help people recover and prevent back pain, but many people still choose to see a medical provider for back problems. According to research published in Spine, the chiropractic is the better choice.

This particular randomized-controlled trial consisted of 107 adult participants who began experiencing low back pain at some time within the previous 12 weeks. Each person received one of three different treatments: manual-thrust manipulation (MTM), mechanical-assisted manipulation (MAM), or usual medical care (UMC). The manipulation groups received a total of eight treatment sessions (two per week for four weeks), and the UMC group engaged in three visits during this same timeframe. Self-reported data regarding both pain and disability were collected at the beginning of the study, immediately post-treatment (at the four week mark), and three and six months later.

Upon the completion of the treatment sessions, or four weeks into the study, MTM patients "showed a statistically significant advantage" in regard to linear regression over both the MAM and UMC group members. Additionally, MTM patients had a higher level of responders when it came to disability factors (76 percent) than when compared to participants in the MAM and UMC groups (50 percent and 48 percent, respectively). They also experienced better results in regard to pain as well, with 94 percent of MTM patients reporting improvement in this area, as compared to 69 percent of MAM and 56 percent of UMC recipients. What does this mean in real-life terms?

Researchers concluded that, "Patients improved with all 3 treatments, however manual manipulation lead to significantly greater reductions in pain and disability at the end of care (4 weeks)." Essentially, all three of these methods may offer some level of relief, but the one with the greatest and quickest amount of self-reported improvement was--hands down--chiropractic care.
Whedon JM, Mackenzie TA, Phillips RB, Lurie JD. Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation. Spine 2014;Dec 9.
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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.