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Chiropractic Care versus...
According to a study conducted by Ontario's Ministry of Health, "...for the management of low-back pain, chiropractic care is the most effective treatment, and it should be fully integrated into the government's health care system." The same study also found, "...injured workers ... diagnosed with low-back pain returned to work much sooner when treated by chiropractors than by physicians."
According to the British Medical Research Council Study, spinal manipulation performed by chiropractors was found more effective than alternative treatments for low-back pain.
According to medical researcher TW Meade, M.D. "...chiropractic is a very effective treatment, more effective than conventional hospital outpatient treatment for low-back pain, particularly in patients who had back pain in the past and who got severe problems".
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In this study, British medical researchers found chiropractic treatment significantly more effective than hospital outpatient treatment, especially in patients with chronic and severe back pain. Significantly fewer patients needed to return for further treatments at the end of the first and second year in those who received chiropractic care (17% compared with 24%). In addition, "two and three years after patients with back pain were treated by chiropractors, they experienced far less pain than those who were treated by medical doctors."
Spinal manipulation provided greater improvement of symptoms in those suffering from persistent back and neck complaints compared with physical therapy. The patients receiving spinal manipulation also had greater improvements of physical functioning in fewer visits.
Statistical benefit for spinal manipulation at 3 weeks.
Those receiving spinal manipulation achieved a 50% reduction in their pain levels more rapidly than those receiving mobilization (therapy commonly used by Physical Therapists).
In a group of patients, those receiving spinal manipulation obtained pain relief in a shorter period of time compared with massage. Also, significantly more subjects were able to return to work 6 months after treatment in the chiropractic treatment group compared with the massage therapy group (60% vs. 36%).
A Canadian study found spinal manipulation resulted in significantly greater back mobility compared with massage at 2 weeks (30% vs 15%).
Those receiving spinal manipulation experienced pain relief in a shorter period of time (3.5 vs. 5.8 treatments).
50% of the individuals in the spinal manipulation group were pain free in 1 week compared with only 27% of those receiving bed rest only.
Spinal manipulation provided significant improvement in the subjects overall pain score compared with the commonly prescribed pain medication, codeine.
Researchers found a statistically significant benefit with spinal manipulation at 4 weeks.
Patients receiving spinal manipulation experienced a significantly shorter time to pain relief than those receiving deep heat applications.
Distinct benefit for spinal manipulation vs diathermy (deep heat application used by P.T.'s) in return to light work at one month.
Another study found spinal manipulation provided better pain relief for those with less than 1 week of pain and in patients with their first attack of back pain.