Spinal manipulation treatment for low back pain associated with modest improvement in pain, function

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Medical News Today gives us a brief excerpt on a research paper about spinal pain and it’s response to manipulation. Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) is just one of many treatments used for pain back, which, statistically more 50 percent of the population will report having in their lifetime. Patients using SMT show modest improvements over pain, and the treatment technique is compared to various others in its effectiveness. The excerpt ends with a link to the full study published recently on the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) website.

Key Takeaways:

  • Among symptoms that prompt patients to seek medical intervention, back pain is among the most often cited.
  • Paul G. Shekelle, a West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center physician, spear-headed a data-analysis effort, covering numerous studies, involving spinal manipulation.
  • The data analysis effort terminated with the conclusion that spinal manipulation, as a treatment module, is on par with the use of non-steroidal drugs, for chronic back pain.

“Among patients with acute low back pain, spinal manipulation therapy was associated with modest improvements in pain and function at up to 6 weeks, with temporary minor musculoskeletal harms, according to a study published by JAMA.”

Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/316920.php

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