Research & Articles

Research & Articles: Chiropractic More Effective Than Outpatient

The British Medical Journal reports that a three-year study proves what most chiropractic patients already know. Chiropractic care is more effective with higher patient satisfaction than outpatient medical care for these types of problems. The study reported involved 741 men and women with low back pain. A 3 year follow up showed that there was 29% higher improvement in those receiving chiropractic care over those receiving out-patient medical care. In addition more of the patients rated chiropractic more helpful than the hospital management. The conclusion of the study was that those seen by chiropractors derive more benefits and long-term satisfaction than those treated by hospitals.

Research & Articles: Neck Range of Motion Increased with Chiropractic

The results of a recently published study in the November/December Cervical Spine 2001 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics showed that cervical range of motion was significantly improved with chiropractic adjustments. The study was a double-blind randomized controlled trial performed at the outpatient clinic at Phillip Chiropractic Research Centre, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

The initial study involved 105 subjects who were randomly separated into two groups. One group received chiropractic adjustments while the other group received a “sham”, or fake adjustment. Range of motion testing was performed every few weeks over the course of the 12 week study. Active range of motion was measured with a strap-on head goniometer consisting of an inclinometer dial for measuring lateral flexion and a compass dial for measuring rotation. These motions were chosen because gravity would play less of a role and therefore the results were more accurate.

According to the researchers, in the group that got the real adjustments, “active range of motion in the cervical spine increased significantly.” Their conclusion was, “Spinal manipulation of the cervical spine increases active range of motion.”

As obvious as this may seem, the results are profound for a large portion of the population. Not only does restricted range of motion play a large part in many health problems, but one of the largest areas of concern for the aging population is mobility.

Research & Articles: Study Proves Chiropractic Helps Sudden and Painful Low Back Pain

A study published in the February 2007 issue of the scientific periodical, The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, (JMPT) shows some amazing results for patients with sudden painful lower back pain with chiropractic care. The study was conducted at the Department of Orthopedics, Central Hospital of Sogn and Fjordane, Førde, Norway. The study was initiated by the hospital and with full support of the staff.

In this study 44 consecutive patients who experienced sudden and painful low back pain caused by lumbar flexion and rotation were studied. None of the patients had a history of violent trauma related to their problem. Examinations by orthopedic surgeons were performed on the patients and revealed no underlying pathologies in any of the patients in the study. Additionally orthopedic x-rays, computerized tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging findings were all normal from a medical standpoint.

Then an examination was performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic which indicated that the patients had what the study termed “lumbopelvic fixation” (subluxation). Based upon the chiropractic examination 33 patients began chiropractic care in the chiropractor’s clinic, whereas 11 who could not be transported were initially cared for by the chiropractor in the hospital.

In this study mean follow-up for the patients was 2 years. The results showed that all but 2 of those in the study were able to return to work. Additionally, the period of sick leave among the patients was reduced by two thirds as compared with time lost with conventional medical treatment. According to the study, the normal loss of time from work for these types of patients under medical care only was 72 days. The patients in this study with the addition of chiropractic care were able to return to work in 21.1 days on average.

In their conclusion the authors noted the uniqueness of the study, and the benefits for healthcare systems in general. They stated, “To our knowledge, this is the first report on the work of a chiropractor participating within an orthopedic department of a Norwegian hospital as initiated by the hospital and with full support of the staff. The results support the initiative of the Norwegian government to increase reference to chiropractors in treating patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions. Based on our experience, we believe that the inclusion of chiropractors within hospital orthopedic departments is feasible and provides a patient care resource that may benefit not only the patients but also the department as a whole.”