JAMA recommends chiropractic as first means of back pain treatment

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(KTVI) - Medical doctors and chiropractors are often at odds with each other.  The Journal of the American Medical Association now  recommends chiropractic as a first means of treating back pain.

Dr. Alex Vidan wasn't going to let that pass by without a comment.  He stops by FOX2 with his pal Mr. Spine with more information.

The JAMA`s recommendation comes on the heels of a recent study out of the medical journal Spine where sufferers of lower back pain all received standard medical care (SMC) and half of the participants additionally received chiropractic care. The researchers found that in SMC plus chiropractic care patients, 73% reported that their pain was completely gone or much better after treatment compared to just 17% of the SMC group.

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  • Marcia Boynton

    Uhhhhh — folks, here’s what JAMA ACTUALLY SAID…..not sure this rises to the level of a RINGING ENDORSEMENT of Chiropractic care.
    “Many treatments are available for low back pain. Often exercises and physical therapy can help. Some people benefit from chiropractic therapy or acupuncture. Sometimes medications are needed, including analgesics (painkillers) or medications that reduce inflammation. Surgery is not usually needed but may be considered if other therapies have failed.”
    Link to full article here: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1681414

    • backdoc

      So whats your point Marcia? He stated exactly what the article does. PT, Excercise AND Chiropractic are all listed as viable options BEFORE surgery. The headline and the interview state that chiropractic is recommended by JAMA as a first means of treatment……as well as PT and Exercise. Your upset that the chiropractor in the interview didnt rave about PT and Exercise as well? In all honesty if a patient wants to get better, they need all 3.
      The mere fact that JAMA speaks positively of chiropractic in its writings is in fact a ringing endorsement. Find another parade to rain on, this is exciting news for healthcare in general.

      • CanadianChiro

        Why not just a chiro that does all 3… Or a PT that does all 3, plus medical acupuncture? Did somebody not continue their education to encompass the entire spectrum of manual therapy?

  • benlevichiro

    Thanks for clarifying that Marcia. For a minute there I thought that the profession I’ve been in for the past 20 years actually works! Ha! Silly me. Excuse me while I just go fill up the snake oil.

    • Nope

      LOL– Yes, magical subluxations– in those 20 years, you ever find any evidence for those so-called subluxations? Re-directing the flow? Your profession is a joke.

  • James Moore

    He missed the major cause of most modern day back pain which is our sedentary lifestyle! We simply are not built to sit for 8 hours a day. My father who is a Medical Doctor and back pain sufferer built something to help his back pain. It sits on a desk and allows you to stand and work. You can see it here http://zestdesk.com/

  • Korey

    Doing a little bit of research into this found that it was not JAMA it was actually SPINE. Here is a quote from the article that I will reference, “73% of participants in the SMC plus CMT group rated their global improvement as pain completely gone, much better, or moderately better, compared with 17% in the SMC group.”. It is far reaching to say that JAMA is recommending chiropractic, but yes you can infer what you want from this information. As stated above JAMA is stating that chiropractic is a treatment for the low back. The article in SPINE is simply stating that with medical care adding chiropractic care decreased the patients symptomology dramatically.

    “Adding Chiropractic Maniplative Therapy To Standard Medical Care Patients With Acute Low Back Pain”
    SPINE Vol. 30, Number 8, pp. 627-634. 2013

  • Amalio

    In my 25 years in practice I treat patients thats has been everywhere before they seek chiropractic. They have try allopathic, osteopathic, PT, massage, you name. At the begining they come to my office out of desperation, as a last resource. Needless to say they get better. For so many years JAMA like so many people forgot to look at the most important aspect, Results.

    • Nope

      Perhaps publish some studies and submit for peer-review in a reputable journal. The mention of ‘allopathic’ is telling enough of your strong bias. Delusions.

  • stumandc

    As a practicing DC, I’ve found that sometimes patients need an adjustment/ massage/PT, sometimes they need meds, sometimes they need surgery, & they always need exercise. It’s another tool in the toolbox, whatever works for the patient is all that really matters. It doesn’t have to be this OR that, it can be this, that, and the other thing. If it helps the person that needs it, that’s all that really matters. As for Marcia, in your overzealous attempt to discredit the results of this study, you are referencing the wrong article. Get a grip.

  • Stevey Gaddis

    Back pain is everywhere. Most people cause their own back pain by improper movement patters over time. Chiropractic care does relieve the pain. Changing movement patterns is the bigger solution. Try FOUNDATION TRAINING to correct movement patterns and strengthen the posterior chain. Couple that with monthly chiropractic adjustments and the majority of people will not have any more back pain. I have been practicing Foundation Training for almost one year now and see my chiropractor once a month…no back now!!! AMAZING stuff!
    Check out my website…there are article about Foundation Training and a link to FT. There is also a book and DVD in order to learn.

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