Objective and independent scientific research studies that compare the benefits of chiropractic treatment for low back pain to existing recommended medical treatment (such as physiotherapy and medication) have demonstrated that chiropractic treatment was more effective (both in the short and long term). These research studies were conducted by respected scientific institutions, for example; Prof. Meade et. al (1,2). Lawrence et. al.(3)
Meade found that ‘chiropractors received significantly superior results for back pain patients than did physical therapist.’
Lawrence’s review of research on chiropractic management of low back pain and related leg complaints (such as sciatica) confirmed:
1. ‘There is evidence that high velocity, low amplitude adjustments (HVLA) [as performed by chiropractors] have “better short term efficacy than mobilization or diathermy”. Mobilization and diathermy are common treatments used by physical therapy. 2. ‘For (long term) chronic low-back pain, there is evidence that HVLA is better than physical therapy and home exercises and better than general medical care or placebo.’
Carey et. al (4) showed that medical doctors trained in postgraduate spinal manipulation proved unable to assess and treat back pain patients successfully.
A study published in the British Medical Journal conducted on physiotherapy at Warwick university concluded; ‘using physiotherapy to treat mild to moderate low back pain was a waste of money and time – it doesn’t make a difference’.(5)
Interestingly, ‘90% of back pain sufferers stop seeing their GP within three months – but most of them are still in pain a year later’. (Croft, Macfarlane et.al. Outcome of low back pain in general practice: a prospective study, BMJ 1998).