Chiropractic therapy helps reduce acute low back pain

Chiropractic therapy helps reduce acute low back pain
Military personnel with acute lower back pain who receive chiropractic manipulative therapy in addition to standard medical care show significantly improved scores for pain relief and physical functioning, compared to those receiving only standard medical care, according to a study published in the April 15 issue of Spine.

(HealthDay)—Military personnel with acute lower back pain (LBP) who receive chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT) in addition to standard medical care (SMC) show significantly improved scores for pain relief and physical functioning, compared to those receiving only SMC, according to a study published in the April 15 issue of Spine.

Christine M. Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in Davenport, Iowa, and associates conducted a to assess changes in pain levels and physical functioning among 91 active-duty soldiers (86 percent male; 63 percent white) treated for LBP with SMC or with SMC plus CMT from February 2008 to June 2009.

The researchers found that the adjusted mean scores for back-related on the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire and scores on a the back pain functional scale were significantly better in the SMC plus CMT group (46 soldiers) at both weeks two and four of the study, compared to the SMC group (45 soldiers).

"The results of this trial suggest that CMT in conjunction with SMC offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute LBP," the authors write.


Explore further

Motor control exercises successful in curbing back pain

More information: target="_new">Abstract
target="_new">Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Journal information: Spine

Health News Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Chiropractic therapy helps reduce acute low back pain (2013, May 15) retrieved 18 June 2021 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-05-chiropractic-therapy-acute-pain.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments