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Ask Dr. Trupo Of Cape Chiropractic

By Cape Chiropractic | May 03, 2013

Are There Any Published Studies On Acute and Chronic Pain?

Studies Show

Chiropractic More Effective Than Medication or Acupuncture

The January 2005 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that patients with chronic back pain did better with chiropractic than with medication or acupuncture, both during the 13-week treatment and 12 months later. At the 12-month mark, only those that received chiropractic care still had significant improvement. The conclusion: “Overall, patients who have chronic mechanical spinal pain syndromes and received spinal manipulation gained significant broad-based beneficial short-term and long-term outcomes." 1

Studies Show

Chiropractic Better Than Muscle Relaxants for Low Back Pain

A study published in the July 2004 Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics compared the effects of chiropractic adjustments to muscle relaxants in patients low back pain that lasted 2 to 12 weeks. The three groups of patients included those with chiropractic adjustments and a placebo, those receiving muscle relaxants with fake adjustments, and finally a group with placebo medications and fake adjustments. The results showed for pain and severity, the chiropractic group did better than the other two groups.  The conclusion: "Statistically, the chiropractic group responded significantly better than the control group with respect to a decrease in pain scores." 2

Studies Show

Chiropractic is Cost-Effective in Treating Chronic Back Pain

A study published in the October 2005 of The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) showed that chiropractic patients with both acute and chronic pain had less pain and higher satisfaction than those that sought medical care. Additionally, chiropractic treatment was 16 percent less expensive than medical care costs. And finally, the satisfaction rate among chiropractic patients was much higher. The conclusion: "With their mission to increase value and respond to patient preferences, health care organizations and policy makers need to reevaluate the appropriateness of chiropractic as a treatment option for low-back pain." 3

Studies Show

Low Back Pain Study by Insurance Company Favorable to Chiropractic

Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) of Kansas presented a study titled "Lumbago Treatment." The results showed that chiropractic was more cost-effective than anesthesiology; neurosurgery; neurology; registered physical therapy; orthopedic reconstructive surgery; physical medicine and rehabilitation; and rheumatology.  Patients had a willingness to return to the chiropractor that was 22% greater than the combined total of medical portals. The conclusion: “Patients suffering from back problems are better off with cost effective chiropractic care.” 4

Studies Show

Single Adjustment Helps Neck Pain

A study published in the September 2006 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that even just one chiropractic adjustment could help neck pain. In fact, within 5 minutes of an adjustment, patients have less pain and a better range of motion.5

Studies Show

Chiropractic Care Beneficial for Chronic Neck Pain

A study published in the February 2006 issue the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) shows that patients with chronic neck pain benefit from chiropractic. Patients were divided into two groups – one with chiropractic care and one without. Those that received chiropractic care showed significantly less pain intensity. Additionally, Head repositioning accuracy (HRA), a test that measures the ability to reposition the head in a neutral posture after active movements, also showed significant improvement. The conclusion: "The results of this study suggest that chiropractic care can be effective in influencing the complex process of proprioceptive sensibility and pain of cervical origin." In layman’s terms, chiropractic can help people with chronic neck pain. 6

Studies Show

Headaches Helped by Chiropractic

In the September 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics was a report on the effectiveness of chiropractic care for patients with chronic headaches.  Results showed that the chiropractic group did better than the massage group, and better than the medication group without all the side effects. The conclusion: chiropractic is one of the most effective avenues of health for headache sufferers.7

SOURCES:

1. K. Beyerman, M. Palmerino, L. Zohn, G. Kane, K. Foster. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. “ Efficacy of Treating Low Back Pain and Dysfunction Secondary to Osteoarthritis: Chiropractic Care Compared With Moist Heat Alone.” January 2005.

2. K.Hoiriis, B.Pfleger, F.McDuffie, G.Cotsonis, O.Elsangak, R.Hinson, G.Verzosa.  Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. “A Randomized Clinical Trial Comparing Chiropractic Adjustments to Muscle Relaxants for Subacute Low Back Pain.” July 2004.

3. Mitchell Haas, Rajiv Sharma, Miron Stano. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics “Cost-Effectiveness of Medical and Chiropractic Care for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain. October 2005.

4. Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) of Kansas. "Lumbago Treatment." August 1999.

5. R. Martínez-Segura, C. Fernández-de-las-Peñas, M. Ruiz-Sáez, C. López-Jiménez, C. Rodríguez-Blanco. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. “Immediate Effects on Neck Pain and Active Range of Motion After a Single Cervical High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Manipulation in Subjects Presenting with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” September 2006.

6. P. Palmgren, P. Sandström, F. Lundqvist, H. Heikkilä. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. “Improvement After Chiropractic Care in Cervicocephalic Kinesthetic Sensibility and Subjective Pain Intensity in Patients with Nontraumatic Chronic Neck Pain.” February 2006.

7. Gert Bronfort, DC, PhDa, Willem J.J. Assendelft, MD, PhDb, Roni Evans, Dca, Mitchell Haas, DCc, Lex Bouter, PhDd. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. “Efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic headache: A systematic review.” September 2001.

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