Perhaps the most prestigious medical journal is JAMA, The Journal of the America Medical Association. In a large-scale study, JAMA looked at Low Back Pain, the #1 cause of disability involving the musculoskeletal system.
What Does the Research Show?
The Low Back Pain research studied 750 people who were suffering this type of pain. It compared patients who received usual medical care alone with those receiving both chiropractic care and usual medical care. It found that those receiving chiropractic care plus usual medical care reported a statistically significant improvement in both low back pain intensity and disability after 6 weeks of treatment over the group receiving only medical care.
What does JAMA Recommend?
As the journal stated, “This trial supports the inclusion of chiropractic care … for low back pain, as currently recommended in existing guidelines.” (Many conventional medical guidelines now recommend chiropractic care.) Furthermore, “It is critically important to evaluate the effect of non-drug treatments on low back pain and associated disability.”
What is the Lesson Learned?
This large-scale study adds to the considerable body of evidence supporting chiropractic care for low back pain. In fact, chiropractic care is recommended as first line treatment for low back pain by both the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.
Yours for better health, Jon Mills, DC