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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows the latest evidence that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is effective at reducing acute low back pain and improving day to day function.

By Dr. Ron Green, DC

This extensive JAMA review (analyzed 26 studies involving more than 1,700 patients with lower back pain) provide the needed evidence to support what patients and practitioners are seeing in practice.

This review adds to a growing body of recent research supporting the use of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) as a first-line treatment for acute low back pain. Further, studies such as this will help increase support for further integration of chiropractic into collaborative health care teams which will allow for a more comprehensive evaluation and effective treatment.

Spinal manipulation, which is typically done by chiropractors, involves applying measured manual pressure to move joints in the spine. Patients undergoing spinal manipulation experienced a decline in their pain comparable with relief from NSAIDs, over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, but without the side effects!

Medications can cause an upset stomach and a rise in blood pressure. If patients are prescribed stronger medication, such as opioids, they risk long-term use and even addiction.

The new back pain treatment guidelines, as per the American College of Physicians, recommend first using non-invasive, non-drug treatments, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage, before resorting to drug therapies.

Take control of your pain and find a good team of professionals to resolve your aches and pains!

Note: It is this author’s opinion that the results from this study will be repeated with other studies on SMT’s effect on pain in the rest of the spine and peripheral joints.

Dr. Ron Green is a chiropractor with over 25 years experience and success helping people achieve good results. The chiropractic treatments are covered by most employee benefits.  For more information please give us a call at 416-929-6958 or submit your online appointment request.