Langley Chiropractor Blog | Harvard report endorses Chiropractic for acute Low Back Pain

January 31st, 2013 Comments Off
Posted by Dr. Jody Freedman

“… chiropractic care improved short- and medium-term pain more than other treatments, including exercise, physical therapy, and medication …”

Everyday we help people overcome their low back pain in our Langley chiropractic office.   I recently came across a 2012 report issued by Harvard Medical School which endorses chiropractic for patients with short and medium term low back pain (LBP).

The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, titled Low Back Pain – Healing Your Aching Back (published by Harvard Health Publications) outlines, for both health professionals and lay-readers, factors leading or contributing to LBP and suggests therapeutic options for patients who live with it.  Amongst these, chiropractic is listed as a viable therapeutic option for patients suffering from acute LBP, noting that chiropractic relieves pain and reduces the necessity of medication for some of these patients.

The report quotes “a 2010 review of 12 different studies involving 2,887 people with low back pain,” which concluded that “…chiropractic care improved short- and medium-term pain more than other treatments, including exercise, physical therapy, and medication….people who saw chiropractors also reported being less disabled over the short term (one month) compared with people who received other treatments such as standard medical therapy.” (page 26)

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