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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress Highlights Significance of $14M NIH Grant on Non-Drug Approaches to Prevent Chronic Low Back Pain
Doctors of chiropractic perform 94 percent of spinal manipulations

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ – October 10, 2017 – The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a leading voice of the chiropractic profession, cites the importance of a $14M grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study non-drug approaches to prevent chronic low back pain, which in turn could lead to reduced opioid use. “Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management for Preventing Acute to Chronic Back Pain Trial” (PACBACK), one of the largest ever initiated by the NIH specifically for back pain, compares more traditional medical techniques to chiropractic care and other approaches to intercept back problems long before more extreme measures such as opioids enter into the discussion. 

"Low back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide,” says Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. “Since doctors of chiropractic perform 94 percent of spinal manipulations, this study has great potential to educate consumers, health payers, employers and government regulators regarding the value of chiropractic care as a safer alternative to manage spine and joint-related pain before opioids.” 

The University of Minnesota will receive $11.2M for a national multi-site clinical trial examining the effectiveness of spinal manipulation approaches and supported self-management compared to usual medical care, with an additional $2.8M awarded to the University of Washington to provide data management and statistical support.

Dr. McAllister concludes, “Forty percent of those suffering with low back pain are being prescribed opioids for pain. The timing of this grant will be an important step in the shifting over of non-pharmacological methods for pain management, and studies such as PACBACK will only help to support those initiatives.” 

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and Foundation for Chiropractic Education

A not-for-profit organization, Foundation for Chiropractic Education (501-(C)(3)) and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (501C6) provide information and education regarding the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit; call 866-901-F4CP (3427). Social media: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestYouTube.