Chronic back pain and chiropractic

by | Jul 12, 2023 | Health Effects of the Environment and Medical System, Low Back Health | 0 comments

If you’re experiencing low back pain, you’ll get better relief, and avoid the risk of side-effects, if your practitioner is a doctor of chiropractic.

Spinal manual therapy, as used by doctors of chiropractic, has repeatedly been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of acute back pain (sudden-onset, short term pain) but evidence of its benefit for chronic pain (long term, repetitive) has been slower to emerge.

That is, until an article in Spine Journal published in May of 2023.

The authors scanned the scientific literature for info about the benefits and harms of numerous treatments for long-lasting (chronic) low back pain. They looked at spinal manual therapy, acupuncture, a variety of drugs, and surgery.

Sometimes allopathic doctors dismiss the practice of chiropractic by claiming that there’s scant research supporting its use. In fact, the exact opposite is the case. There’s more research addressing the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic for chronic back pain than for these other types of intervention.

And the research on chiropractic is positive. Chiropractic spinal therapy was rated the highest for effectiveness while demonstrating a very low risk of adverse effects.

Here’s a chart that summarizes the research:

Unfortunately, many allopathic physicians are unaware or dismissive of this information. But you don’t have to be!

Dr. Lavine has been an innovator in the use of movement and touch to promote health since 1981. He practices in New York City and Princeton, NJ.


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