Research Shows Spinal Manipulative Therapy Benefits Low–Back Pain Patients

A group of researchers reviewed 26 randomized clinical trials to determine if there was reasonable evidence that spinal manipulative therapy is beneficial for patients with acute (≤6 weeks) low back pain.  They reviewed studies published 2011-2017.   To be included in this review, the study must have recorded pain and/or function level measurements for at least 6 weeks. 

Researchers found that 15 of the studies (1171 patients) provided evidence that Spinal Manipulative Therapy improves pain and function.  Additionally, in all of the studies reviewed, there were NO serious adverse events reported.  They concluded: “Among patients with acute low back pain, spinal manipulative therapy was associated with modest improvements in pain and function at up to 6 weeks.” 

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SOURCE: Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain Systematic Review and Meta-analysis   Published on JAMA April 11, 2017