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MRC study reinforces effectiveness of spinal manipulation

30.11.2004


The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is applauding a new study from the Medical Research Council (MRC) that shows that spinal manipulation – the primary form of care performed by doctors of chiropractic – combined with an exercise program offers effective treatment for those suffering from back pain. The study, published in the Nov. 19 issue of the British Medical Journal, found that a collective approach to back pain treatment provided "significant relief of symptoms and improvements in general health."



Specifically, the study found that the greatest reduction of pain and the greatest improvement in back function was experienced by patients who received a treatment approach consisting of spinal manipulation and exercise in addition to care from their general practitioner.

The MRC is based in the United Kingdom where its research is funded by the country’s taxpayers. The council promotes medical and related science research with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the general public. The MRC is independent in its choice of which research to support.


"The costs of back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions on the country’s economy and workforce productivity are staggering - conservatively estimated at about $50 billion per year," commented ACA President Donald J. Krippendorf, DC. "The ACA is pleased that research such as this is being conducted and brought to the attention of the public through journals such as the British Medical Journal. With reports such as these, we can offer our patients the best care possible."

The MRC trial included more than 1,300 patients from across the United Kingdom, whose back pain had not improved after receiving care from a general practitioner. Treatment options were:

  • A physical exercise program
  • Spinal manipulation alone
  • A combined package of spinal manipulation followed by a exercise regimen

The results showed that patients in all treatment groups reported improved back function and reduced pain over time, but to varying degrees. However, the greatest improvement was found in the patients assigned to combined manipulation and exercise.

According to the ACA, the MRC study is one of a number of recent studies regarding chiropractic’s effectiveness for back pain over traditional medical care.

Angela Kargus | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.amerchiro.org

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