Chiropractic Helps Patients With Acute Back Pain and Sciatica with Disc Protrusion
A new study from Italy published in the
March issue of The Spine Journal, showed that chiropractic care was
effective in helping patients with acute back pain and sciatica with disc
protrusion. This randomized double-blind clinical trial involved 102
ambulatory patients with at least moderate pain or radiating pain, who had
an MRI study showing disc protrusion.
patients were divided into two groups. One group received chiropractic
adjustments 5 days per week by experienced chiropractors, with a maximum of
20 visits. The second group received what the study termed, "simulated
manipulations" in order to have a group for comparison to those receiving
real chiropractic care.
The results showed that those
who got the real chiropractic care improved significantly over the group
that received the simulated manipulations. In the group that received
the chiropractic care, 55% were free of radiating pain in the follow
ups compared to 20% of patients who got the simulated manipulations.
Additionally, when measuring local pain, 28% of those who received real
chiropractic were free of local pain, versus only 6% of those who got the
The results also showed
improvements in days of pain with the group that received the real care reporting
6 less days of pain than those in the simulated care group. In
addition to these benefits the group with the real care reported using less
medications to help with the pain as a result of the chiropractic care.
In this study none of the
patients in either group had any adverse effects, and one from each group
did report no results at all and were listed as "treatment failures".
The researchers conclusions were, "Active manipulations have more effect
than simulated manipulations on pain relief for acute back pain and sciatica
with disc protrusion."