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Posted on 05-17-2013


Study Published in Spine Magazine Shows Chiropractic Care Helps Active Duty Military with Lower Back Pain

      Patient with acute low back pain receiving a combination of chiropractic manipulative therapy and standard medical care experienced a statistically and clinically significant reduction in their back pain and improved physical functioning when compared to those receiving standard medical care alone, reports an article in the April 15 issue of Spine.

     Participants in the study were 91 active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 years old.

  • Adjusted mean Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire scores were significantly better in teh standard medical care plus chiropractic manipulative therapy group than in the standard medical care group at both week two and week four.
  • Mean Numerical Pain Raiting Scale scores were significantly improved in the group that received chiropractic manipulative therapy when compared to standard medical care alone at both week two and week four.
  • 73% of participants in the standard medical care plus chiropractic manipulative therapy group rated their global improvement as pain completely gone, much better or moderately better, compared to 17% in the standard medical care group.

Col. Richard Petri is the Chief of the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Center (IPMC) at WBAMC.  "This is a significant step for recognizing the value of chiropractic care in the military," he said.  "Continued research in this area will ultimately result in better healthcare delivery systems as well as the improved health of our beneficiaries."

Source: PR Web