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Chiropractic research

Posted September 18, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic treatment is both safe and effective. By examining the research supporting chiropractic care, you will find that chiropractic offers tremendous potential in meeting today’s health-care challenges.

For acute and chronic pain
“Patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians. Satisfaction scores were higher for chiropractic patients. A higher proportion of chiropractic patients (56 percent vs. 13 percent) reported that their low-back pain was better or much better, whereas nearly one-third of medical patients reported their low-back pain was worse or much worse.”
    — Nyiendo et al (2000), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“In a randomized, controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise), or general‑practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical‑outcome measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general-practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.”
    — Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal

In comparison to other treatment alternatives
“Acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability, and patient satisfaction; clinically important differences in pain and disability improvement were found for chronic patients.”
    — Haas et al (2005), Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

“In our randomized, controlled trial, we compared the effectiveness of manual therapy, physical therapy, and continued care by a general practitioner in patients with nonspecific neck pain. The success rate at seven weeks was twice as high for the manual‑therapy group (68.3 percent) as for the continued‑care group (general practitioner). Manual therapy scored better than physical therapy on all outcome measures. Patients receiving manual therapy had fewer absences from work than patients receiving physical therapy or continued care, and manual therapy and physical therapy each resulted in statistically significant less analgesic use than continued care.”
    — Hoving et al (2002), Annals of Internal Medicine

For headaches
“Cervical‑spine manipulation was associated with significant improvement in headache outcomes in trials involving patients with neck pain and/or neck dysfunction and headache.”
    — Duke Evidence Report, McCrory, Penzlen, Hasselblad, Gray (2001)

“The results of this study show that spinal manipulative is an effective treatment for tension headaches… Four weeks after cessation of treatment… the patients who received spinal manipulation experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in all major outcomes in contrast to the patients that received amitriptyline therapy, who reverted to baseline values.”
    — Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Boline et al. (1995)

Information provided by Christopher M. Renze, D.C., .D.I.B.C.N., of Renze Chiropractic Clinic, P.C. For more information, visit or call the office at 965-3844.

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