San Jose, Calif. – Feb. 21, 2018 – A new study published in The SPINE Journal (2018) concludes spinal manipulation is most likely to reduce chronic low back pain and improve function when compared to other approaches. The research examines the safety and effectiveness of various manipulation and mobilization therapies for treatment of chronic low back pain. According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, results show that both manipulation and mobilization are likely to reduce pain and improve function for patients with chronic low back pain, but that spinal manipulation – most often performed by a doctor of chiropractic – produces a larger effect than mobilization.
“Chiropractic care is proven to yield improved clinical outcomes, reduced costs and high levels of patient satisfaction,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president, F4CP. “Given the increased interest in providing Americans with drug-free/non-pharmacologic pain management options, this study better positions doctors of chiropractic as front-line providers for spinal health and well-being, specifically as it relates to the management of chronic low back pain prior to the utilization of prescription opioids.” Nearly 94 percent of all spinal manipulations in the U.S. are performed by a doctor of chiropractic.
The prevalence of lower back pain in the U.S. may be as high as 84 percent. In approximately 23 percent of people suffering from lower back pain, the pain becomes chronic and disables nearly half of this population. Pain management approaches vary greatly. This study explored the evidence for treating chronic low back pain by spinal manipulation therapy (thrust applied to joints) – a common modality performed by doctors of chiropractic – and mobilization (a type of passive movement of a spinal section) and combined therapies.
About the Study
Coulter I, Crawford C, Hurwitz E, et al. Manipulation and Mobilization for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The Spine Journal (2018), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spinee.2018.01.013. The study was a systemic literature review and meta-analysis of more than 7,000 published studies and articles from January 2000 to March 2017. Random controlled trials were selected. There were 51 trials in the systematic review and nine trials (including 1,176 patients) provided sufficient data to be pooled for meta-analysis.
About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Visit www.f4cp.com; call 866-901-F4CP (3427). Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube.