Why chiropractic research?
One of the main reasons chiropractors are seen is for low back pain. An estimated 10% of the world’s population suffers from low back pain! This fact makes it a highly important topic in today’s medical research. Recently chiropractic researchers have been asking: what is the outcome of adding chiropractic care along with medical care, for low back pain patients?
What were the results of the research?
Some of the top researchers in chiropractic studied the effectiveness of adding together medical and chiropractic care. Researchers compared the benefits of medical care alone, chiropractic care alone, and a combination of the two. For the purposes of the study, medical care included self-care, medications, physical therapy, and pain clinic referrals. In the study, chiropractic care included a few different things.
One method considered was spinal manipulation. Another method was manual therapy. Manual therapy included things like strengthening exercise and heat therapy. During the study, more than 600 patients were screened! After 6 weeks, the results of the study heavily favored using medical and chiropractic care together to treat low back pain.
Why is this research important for chiropractic patients?
This clinical trial provides is a promising step in research. It offers significant support for using chiropractic care as a part of a multidisciplinary approach for low back pain. By showing the use of medical and chiropractic care together are beneficial for patients, more research is able to be done.
The more research that supports ideas like this, the better care all patients will receive. New research is always being done to evaluate chiropractic care!
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