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Chi­ro­prac­tic Helps Patients With Acute Back Pain and Sci­at­ica with Disc Pro­tru­sion

A new study from Italy pub­lished in the March issue of The Spine Jour­nal, showed that chi­ro­prac­tic care was effec­tive in help­ing patients with acute back pain and sci­at­ica with disc pro­tru­sion. This ran­dom­ized double-​blind clin­i­cal trial involved 102 ambu­la­tory patients with at least mod­er­ate pain or radi­at­ing pain, who had an MRI study show­ing disc protrusion.

The patients were divided into two groups. One group received chi­ro­prac­tic adjust­ments 5 days per week by expe­ri­enced chi­ro­prac­tors, with a max­i­mum of 20 vis­its. The sec­ond group received what the study termed, “sim­u­lated manip­u­la­tions” in order to have a group for com­par­i­son to those receiv­ing real chi­ro­prac­tic care.

The results showed that those who got the real chi­ro­prac­tic care improved sig­nif­i­cantly over the group that received the sim­u­lated manip­u­la­tions. In the group that received the chi­ro­prac­tic care, 55% were free of radi­at­ing pain in the fol­low ups com­pared to 20% of patients who got the sim­u­lated manip­u­la­tions. Addi­tion­ally, when mea­sur­ing local pain, 28% of those who received real chi­ro­prac­tic were free of local pain, ver­sus only 6% of those who got the sim­u­lated manipulation.

The results also showed improve­ments in days of pain with the group that received the real care report­ing 6 less days of pain than those in the sim­u­lated care group. In addi­tion to these ben­e­fits the group with the real care reported using less med­ica­tions to help with the pain as a result of the chi­ro­prac­tic care.

In this study none of the patients in either group had any adverse effects, and one from each group did report no results at all and were listed as “treat­ment fail­ures”. The researchers con­clu­sions were, “Active manip­u­la­tions have more effect than sim­u­lated manip­u­la­tions on pain relief for acute back pain and sci­at­ica with disc protrusion.”

Ran­dom Article

The Sep­tem­ber 8, 2004 edi­tion of the USA Today con­tained a fea­ture report­ing that sci­en­tific advis­ers to the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion are

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