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.