Spinal Manipulation: Modest Benefit in Acute Low Back Pain

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Insights by: Dr. Gary Olsen DC CSCS

Conclusion: Spinal manipulation modestly improves pain and function in acute low back pain, a new systematic review and meta-analysis has found. “The principal conclusion of this review was that SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] treatments for acute low back pain were associated with statistically significant benefit in pain and function at up to 6 weeks, that was, on average, clinically modest,” lead author Paul G. Shekelle, MD, PhD, from the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, California. This is another research article showing the benefits of spinal manipulation for back pain. There are several great peer reviewed articles that show the benefit with little to no risk. Improving joint motion and then back function with specific exercises is key to longer standing back pain relief. If you have back pain make an appointment and lets discuss what options you have to get out of pain and stay out of pain. (Call PCM at 801-576-1086)

Journal: JAMA. 2017;317:1418-1419, 1451-1460. Spinal Manipulation: Modest Benefit in Acute Low Back Pain. Medscape. Apr 11, 2017.

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