Chiropractic Research

1. Randomised trials have shown chiropractic treatment to be more effective for low back pain than hospital management. Furthermore, long term follow up (five years later) showed patients treated by Chiropractors to be significantly better than patients seen by medical doctors and physiotherapists.

Meade et al (1990 and 1995). Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. British Medical Journal; 300 1LB 1-7

2. The Chiropractors unique skill makes them the ideal source of “primary care” in the management of back pain and many other human ailments caused by the musculoskeletal system.

Clinical Standards Advisory Group (1994). Back Pain. HMSO London

3. The chiropractic principle of early intervention and active patient rehabilitation has been endorsed by the Clinical Standards Advisory Group which advises the NHS and government as to the way forward in spinal management.

Wade et al (1995). Randomised comparison of Chiropractors and medical outpatients Treatment: results from extended follow up. British Medical Journal 311

4. The UK Beam Trial (2004) showed that manipulation, together with exercises, achieved a significant benefit over and above “best care”.

UK Beam Trial (2004) British Medical Journal; 329 1381-5

5. Recommendation is to consider a short course of spinal manipulation/mobilisation as a treatment option for chronic low back pain.

European Commission Research Directorate General (2004) European Guidelines for the Management of Chronic non-specific low back pain in primary care (2004)

6. Chiropractors provide evidence-based, timely and effective assessment, diagnosis and management of certain musculoskeletal disorders.

Department of Health (2006) Musculoskeletal Services Framework

7. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines state that chiropractic intervention and exerise are suggested for managing low back pain, with or without sciatica, and recommend a course of manual therapy including spinal manipulation.

NICE Guidelines (2006 and 2009)

8. The report demonstrates robust randomised controlled trial (RCT) evidence that the care offered by chiropractors is effective for a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, pain associated with hip and knee osteoarthritis and some types of headache.

G Bronfort et al (2010) Effectiveness of Manual Therapies: The UK Evidence Report. Journal of Chiropractic and Osteopathy

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