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Low Back Problems

Low back problems are one of the most prevalent issues that people worldwide suffer. Low back pain has been called lumbago, sciatica and a host of other names, however to the public, it is literally a "pain in the butt." Chiropractic has been safely and effectively helping patents with pain in the back for over 100 years and The US Chiropractic Directory has create a forum of information involving the entire healthcare and scientific community to bring the public evidenced and researched based answers on how and why chiropractic works to help those with low back pain/problems.

Saturday, 24 April 2010 19:15

Low Back Injuries and Chiropractic

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Lower Back Injuries and Chiropractic

A report on the scientific literature 

William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP
One of the most common areas of the body to be hurt while working is the lower back. The injuries can be as simple as a strained muscle or sprained ligament to the more complicated intervertebral disc injury. Regardless of the structures involved, most of us have had a personal experience with a lower back injury while working or know someone that did. Finding a doctor that can determine what exactly is wrong and prescribing the right treatment is the most important aspect of healing. Chiropractic doctors are trained to determine the cause of the injury and have the experience to formulate an accurate and effective treatment plan. The cornerstone of that plan is the Chiropractic Adjustment. 
A recent research article published in 2009 revealed the results of 100 injured workers with back or neck pain that were treated with Chiropractic care. This study was in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Lakewood Spine and Sports Center in Lakewood Colorado. The authors state in the research paper “Over the last 15 years, the percentage of pre-retirement disabled US workers has increased from 5% to 9% such that more people receive disability income that are unemployed”1. (This of course was published prior to the most recent economic downturn). They go on to note, “Consequently, finding treatment methods that encourage a safe and rapid return of the injured worker to the workforce is an important issue for all clinicians addressing occupational neck and low back pain.”1 (765)
Chiropractic care was shown in this review of 100 injured workers, 81.5% of patients with acute pain reported post treatment improvement! That is a very significant number. Chiropractic, especially when part of a larger integrated model is extremely safe and effective.
1.        Donald Aspegren, DC, MS, Brian A. Enebo, DC, PhD, Matt Miller, MD, Linda White, MD, Venu Akuthota, MD, Thomas E. Hyde, DC, and James M. Cox, DC. FUNCTIONAL SCORES AND SUBJECTIVE RESPONSES OF INJURED WORKERS WITH BACK OR NECK PAIN TREATED WITH CHIROPRACTIC CARE IN AN INTEGRATIVE PROGRAM: A RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF 100 CASES. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2009;32:765-771

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Harvard Report Points to Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief

& The Safety of the Chiropractic Adjustment


Noah Herbert, D.C., CCSP®

William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP


A recent article released by Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School points to chiropractic care as a form of pain relief. There are currently many Americans that seek out chiropractors, but many people don’t realize the wide variety of treatments that a chiropractor can provide for pain relief. The article states “while the mainstay of chiropractic is spinal manipulation, chiropractic care now includes a wide variety of other treatments, including manual or manipulative therapies, postural and exercise education, ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), nutritional consultation, and even ultrasound and laser therapies. In addition, chiropractors today often work in conjunction with primary care doctors, pain experts, and surgeons to treat patients with pain.”

While this is nothing new for the chiropractic community, it may serve to further educate the public as to the many tools a chiropractor possesses to help patients. While the majority of research on chiropractic has focused on spinal manipulation, or adjustment of the spine, for pain relief, there have been studies done on the effectiveness of chiropractic for treating musculoskeletal pain, headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia (Harvard Health Publications). The author goes on to state “a recent review concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation may be helpful for back pain, migraine, neck pain and whiplash.” It should be pointed out there have been reports of serious complications, including stroke, but this has been shown to be extremely rare and some studies suggest this may not be directly caused by the treatment provided by the chiropractor (Harvard Health Publications).

Spinal manipulation, or adjustment of the spine, is a term used to describe providing a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to the vertebra. Chiropractors use this technique to correct the body’s spinal alignment to relieve pain and improve function and to allow the body to heal itself. Treatment usually takes between 10 to 20 minutes and most patients are scheduled 2-3 times per week initially. Patients generally see improvement of their symptoms in the first two to three weeks (Harvard Health Publications).

Harvard Medical School is now saying what chiropractors have been saying for over 100 years and although their article was based on pain, it does add more evidence to the false rhetoric of chiropractic patients having a greater risk of stroke. In the future, reports from Harvard and other medical academic institutions will embrace the growing body of scientific evidence of the varied maladies that respond to chiropractic care.



  1. Harvard Health Publications. (2015). Chiropractic Care for Pain Relief. Retrieved from http://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/chiropractic-care-for-pain-relief

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