A recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), provides further evidence of the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulation in the treatment of acute low back pain.
This new review, entitled “Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain”, examined all data on the subject over the last six years. The conclusion, not surprisingly, showed spinal manipulation was associated with statistically significant improvements in pain and function with no serious adverse side effects.
This is the second high profile endorsement of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) in the last few months. We recently blogged about the new Low Back Pain Treatment Guidelines by the American College of Physicians, urging non-drug treatments such as SMT.
While the chiropractic world collectively says, “well…duh!”, it is important that we share this information with the general public, much of which remains unfamiliar with chiropractic care. A 2016 Gallup poll revealed that 35 million people visit a doctor of chiropractic annually. In light of the ongoing and devastating opioid epidemic, the serious side effects associated with prolonged NSAID usage (including over-the-counter NSAID’s like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve), and the years of favorable chiropractic research, that number should be even higher. Turns out those chiropractors weren’t so crazy after all!