Low Back Pain Guidelines Include Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment

Clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of low back have recently been updated by The American College of Physicians and by American Pain Society. The new guidelines strongly recommend spinal manipulation for the treatment of acute, subacute and chronic low back. This, incidentally, is the most common form of chiropractic treatment.

The researchers stated, “…clinicians should consider the addition of nonpharmacological therapy with proven benefits – for acute low back pain, spinal manipulation; for chronic or subacute low back pain… spinal manipulation…” Spinal manipulation (aka chiropractic adjustment) is a hands-on, drugless therapy. Almost 95% of all spinal manipulation in the United States is conducted by chiropractic physicians. Research shows chiropractic to less costly and more effective than traditional medical care.

Back Pain Management by Spinal Injections an Unsupported Treatment

A conventional medical treatment for low back pain involves injections into the spinal canal. A recent study in the prestigious international medical journal Spine questions the effectiveness of the procedure. A big question is the lack of research evidence using properly formed studies.

After reviewing 18 previous trials on such injections, researchers concluded, “Overall, the results indicated that there is no strong evidence for or against the use of any type of injection therapy.” They concluded by saying, “There is insufficient evidence to support the use of injection therapy in subacute and chronic low back pain.”