In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (May 2018), researchers found that patients with low back pain treated with usual medical care plus chiropractic care resulted in better outcomes than patients who received just medical treatment alone. The research, spanning a period of more than 3 years looking at a total of 750 active-duty military members with low back pain, between the ages of 18 and 50, undergoing a treatment period of 6 weeks. The participants were divided into 2 groups; one receiving only medical care (self-care, medications, physical therapy, pain clinic referral) and the other group receiving medical care PLUS chiropractic care. Chiropractic care included spinal adjustments in the low back and adjacent regions and additional therapeutic procedures, i.e. rehab exercises, ice, heat.
When combined, usual medical care plus chiropractic care showed statistically significant improvements in the participant’s pain level and ability to function as well as overall patient satisfaction.
This study highlights the critical role chiropractic care can play in the way we look at low back pain specifically and the necessity to include chiropractors in the multidisciplinary team in regards to non-pharmacological approaches to health care. If you are currently suffering low back pain and receiving medical care, ask your provider about adding chiropractic care to your treatment plan. Dr. Luitjohan and Dr. Pearson at Canyon Chiropractic Center have ample experience treating low back pain and would be happy to help you achieve greater results today!
Goertz CM, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Walter J, Coulter I. Effect of usual medical care plus chiropractic care vs usual medical care alone on pain and disability among US service members with low back pain: a comparative effectiveness clinical trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2018;1(1):e180105.