A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics examined the efficacy of periodic manipulative treatment in patients with chronic low back pain, following an initial phase of intensive chiropractic manipulative treatments.
The study assessed the pain and disability levels of 2 groups of participants. The first group received 12 treatments in an intensive 1-month period, but no treatment in a subsequent 9-month period. The second group received 12 treatments in an intensive 1-month period and also received spinal manipulation every 3 weeks for a 9-month period.
The results of the study showed both groups maintained their pain scores at levels similar to the post-intensive treatments throughout the follow-up period. For the disability scores, however, only the group that was given spinal manipulations during the follow-up period maintained their post-intensive treatment scores. The disability scores of the other group went back to their pre-treatment levels.
This study concluded that spinal manipulation is effective for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Additionally, the study suggested the follow-up manipulations, in chronic low back pain, may be beneficial to patients to maintain subjective, post-intensive treatment disability levels.
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