The Journal of American Medicine just published an interesting study. And it’s one that will please chiropractors and those using the chiropractic experience as part of their health regimen.
It says the manipulation of the spine is a good first line treatment for lower back pain.
Good news says the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) who is the source of this story. The ACA said the study looked at controlled trials and other experiments conducted randomly since 2011. The conclusion is that they are effective and safe — at least statistically — and offer significant improvement for pain and function. This is true for the first six-weeks and usually have no adverse side effects.
The study came out of a push — says ACA president David Herd — by the American College of Physicians (ACP) that recommends using non-invasive, non-drug treatments that includes spinal manipulation before resorting to treatments with drugs. It’s a reaction to the opioid crisis that has enveloped the nation.
“As the nation struggles to overcome the opioid crisis, research supporting non-drug treatments for pain should give patients and health care providers confidence that there are options that help avoid the risks and dependency associated with prescription medications,” Herd said.
The ACA is so sure of the positive effects that it has passed new guidelines.
“By identifying and adopting guidelines that ACA believes reflect best practices based on the best available scientific evidence on low back pain, we hope not only to enhance outcomes but also to create greater consensus regarding patient care among chiropractors, other health care providers, payers and policy makers,” Herd added.
By the way, a 2016 Gallup survey says more than 35 million of us visit a chiropractor at least once each year.
Source link: Insurance Journal