New Research Recommends Adding Chiropractic Care To Standard Medical Care For Lower Back Pain

By Dr Ken Nakamura+

New Research Recommends Adding Chiropractic Care To Standard Medical Care For Lower Back Pain

Are you getting standard Medical Care like medication, physical therapy and heat/ice for your lower back pain?


Have been referred to a pain clinic for lower back pain?


A scientific study showed that adding chiropractic to medial care is more helpful than medical care alone. Research published in the journal Spine in 2013 [1] a prestigous peer reviewed journal shows that chiropractic care when added to standard medical care is superior to medical care alone.



Medical Care in this case varied from medications including pain killers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxors, physical therapy, heat /ice and even referral to a pain clinic.


Chiropractic care involved care by a doctor of chiropractic with patients visits 2 times per week for a period of 4 weeks. All patients received chiropractic manipulation as the main treatment along with other treatments that the doctor of chiropractic thought would benefit the patient.


A total of 91 people were put randomly into either the chiropractic care and medical care group or the medical care only group.


The results were incredible. 73% of people in the chiropractic care and medical care were much better or moderately better at 2 and 4 weeks while only 17% of the medical care group were much better or moderately better.


Furthermore the satisfaction of the group getting chiropractic care and medical care was twice as high as the group getting just standard medical care.


Strengths And Weakness Of The Study

The chiropractic and medical care group was followed up 85% to the end of the study while only 61% were followed up for the medical care group. The problem could be that the treatment was painful or the people in the group might have been improving so quit treatment.


Some might have been “cured” quickly so stopped treatment.




Chiropractic care in addition to standard medical care is more helpful than standard medical care alone. If you have lower back pain, you should consider adding chiropractic care to be more satisfied with your lower back pain.


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1. Goertz C, Long CR, Hondras MA et al. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: the results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013; 38(8): 627-34




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