Print Edition - 2019-04-04  |  Health and Living

Spinal manipulation can help ease low back pain

  • SPINE RELIEF
Kathmandu

Apr 4, 2019-

Spinal manipulation therapy isn’t routinely recommended as the initial treatment for low back pain, but a research review suggests this approach may work as well as interventions that doctors typically prescribe first. Based on data from 47 previously conducted trials involving a total of 9,211 mostly middle-aged adults, spinal manipulation eased lower back pain as much as exercise, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and painkillers. Spinal manipulation also appeared better for improving short-term function.

“At the moment, spinal manipulation is considered a second-line or adjunctive treatment option in international guidelines,” said lead study author Sidney Rubinstein of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

“These results would suggest that spinal manipulation is certainly on-par with these other recommended therapies, and can be considered an option,” Rubinstein said. Lower-back pain is one of the leading causes of disability and doctor visits for adults worldwide. It often goes away within a few weeks. But when it persists, lower-back pain might be treated with spinal manipulation, medications like painkillers or muscle relaxers, heat, exercise or physical therapy.

For the current study, researchers focused on the gold standard for determining the effectiveness and safety of medical treatments. Spinal manipulation worked better for pain relief than non-recommended interventions.

Published: 04-04-2019 12:11

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