new study compared the long-term effectiveness of medical and
chiropractic care for low back pain and assessed the effectiveness of
physical therapy and modalities among patients receiving medical or
chiropractic care. A total of 610 low back pain patients were
successfully followed for 18 months after being randomly assigned to
chiropractic with or without physical modalities, or medical care with
or without physical therapy. Among
patients not assigned to receive physical therapy or modalities, the
improvements in pain and disability and 18-month risk of complete
remission were greater in the chiropractic group than in the medical
group. Also, compared with medical care only patients, chiropractic and
physical therapy patients were much more likely to perceive improvement
in their low back symptoms.
Source: Spine. 31(6):611-621, March 15, 2006.