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Chiropractic

Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single therapy/approach. So this section "spotlights" just five - providing a taste of the research available. They were not selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • Chiropractic Interventions Improve Pain/Disability for Lower Back Pain
    A Cochrane meta-review of 12 randomized trials involving 2,887 participants concluded that chiropractic interventions slightly improved pain and disability in the short-term and pain in the medium-term for acute and subacute lower back pain. However, there is currently no evidence that supports or refutes that these interventions provide a clinically meaningful difference for pain or disability when compared to other interventions – and more research is needed.
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  • Chiropractic Treatments Worked Better Than Painkillers for Neck Pain
    A randomized controlled trial (272 subjects) reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that treatments by a chiropractor (as well as exercises at home) worked better than painkillers in treating neck pain. After 12 weeks, 32% of those that had chiropractic spinal manipulation sessions reported their pain had improved 100%, vs. 30% for the home exercise group, and 13% of those on pain medication – and these proportions were broadly the same after a year.
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  • Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Provided More Pain Relief than Physiotherapy
    A randomized trial (205 patients) by the Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Scientific Institute, Italy found that chiropractic spinal manipulation provided better short and long-term functional improvement, and more pain relief, than either back school (group exercise, education/ergonomics; individual physiotherapy; exercise, etc.) or individual physiotherapy for chronic lower back pain.
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  • Chiropractic Effective for Nonspecific Lower Back Pain
    A prospective single blinded placebo controlled study by the Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Egypt, found that spinal manipulation therapy is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific lower back pain – and caused significantly lower patient pain and disability scores. But to obtain long-term benefit, maintenance spinal manipulation after the initial intensive manipulative therapy is suggested.
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  • Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Chiropractic Effective for Infant Colic
    A systematic review of three randomized clinical trials by Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, UK, concluded that the totality of the evidence fails to demonstrate that chiropractic spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for infant colic.
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