Spine, August 2011:
Published in the most prestigious spine orthopedics journal around, this study concluded:
“SMT (spinal manipulative therapy) is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific LBP (lower back pain). To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.”
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2011
This study followed 894 injured workers for a period of one year. During that year, those workers could choose either medical management, physical therapy, chiropractic or no therapy at all.
Episodes of disability were recorded during the year following the initial injury.
Physical therapy had the highest percentage of workers re-injuring themselves followed by those receiving medical management or no treatment at all. The lowest incidence of repeat injury was found among those workers who had received chiropractic maintenance care.