31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. “Studies continue to show that maintenance care has long-term benefits. If you stop care, you lose all the benefits gained through treatment,” said Dr. Daniel Beebe, DC.
So what’s the best long-term treatment available to improve low back pain?
A new study shows that Spinal Manipulation Therapy is effective for the treatment of nonspecific low back pain AND recommends maintenance spinal manipulation as an effective method of maintaining low-term benefits.
The Study: A single blinded, placebo controlled study of patients with nonspecific low back pain were divided into 3 groups.
Group 1 received 12 treatments of sham Spinal Manipulation Therapy for 1-month. Group 2 received 12 treatments of valid Spinal Manipulation Therapy for 1-month, BUT received no maintenance spinal manipulation for the following 9 months. Group 3 received 12 treatments of valid Spinal Manipulation Therapy for 1-month, AND received maintenance spinal manipulation for the following 9 months.
The Results: Only the 3rd group showed more improvement in their pain & disability scores at the 10-month evaluation. In fact, the pain & disability scores of Group 2 that did not receive maintenance spinal manipulation returned back near their pretreatment level at the 10-month evaluation.
Conclusion: Spinal Manipulation Therapy is effective for the treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain AND to obtain long-term benefits, maintenance spinal manipulation should be continued.
Beebe Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located in Tigard, OR within the Portland Metro area. Dr. Daniel Beebe cares for patients with sports, work & auto injuries, neck pain & lower back pain, headaches & migraines, chronic pain, scoliosis and more. For more information visit BeebeChiro.com or follow via Facebook or Twitter.