Chronic low back pain is a big problem in our society, accounting for about 33% of work-related disability. So, what is the best management strategy for chronic low back pain?
One study looked at the effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy using three groups of patients with chronic low back pain. The first group received 12 fake spinal manipulations over one-month and then discontinued. The second group received 12 real spinal manipulative therapy similar to chiropractic treatments over one month and then discontinued. The third group received the same treatment as the second group but with additional spinal manipulative therapy every other week for nine additional months.
The first group saw no benefits from the fake treatments. The second and third groups reported similar benefits after one month of care. However, only the third group reported continued benefits at the tenth month.
The study concluded that in order to obtain long-term benefits for patients with chronic low back pain, patients should receive maintenance care after an initial intensive care plan. It’s also worth noting that this 2011 study was not only published in the well-respected journal “Spine,” but it was also authored by two medical doctors.
More recent studies have consistently validated that spinal manipulative therapy is a safe, effective method of managing chronic low back pain, especially when it is repeated on a maintenance basis.
Doctors of chiropractic also include exercise training for flexibility and core strengthening as standard recommendations in the management of low back pain patients, in addition to advice to remain active and avoid prolonged bed rest. If you haven’t utilized chiropractic care for chronic low back pain, you owe it to yourself to give it a chance. The evidence supports it.
Also, if you suffer from sciatica in addition to your low back pain, we may be able to help relieve your sciatic leg pain.
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