JAMA Suggests Chiropractic for Low Back Pain
Chiropractic Physicians Provide Natural Alternatives for Pain Treatment, Injury Prevention
Arlington, Va.—An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests patients try chiropractic services for the treatment of low back pain. According to the article, surgery is not usually needed and should only be considered if more conservative therapies fail. The information in JAMA reinforces the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) position that conservative care options should serve as a first line of defense against pain.
As neuromusculoskeletal experts, chiropractic physicians are particularly well suited to manage and help prevent low back pain.
Research confirms that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low back pain can also potentially save both patients and the health care system money down the line
Pran Manga, A professor of health economics at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, authored a pair of reports in the early 1990s - known by the chiropractic profession as "Manga I" and "Manga II" - which found that chiropractic was cost-effective; scientifically founded; safe; effective in treating a wide variety of conditions; and delivered higher patient satisfaction levels than the medical alternatives for the treatment of low back pain.
Together, "The Manga Reports" provided an "overwhelming case in favor of much greater use of chiropractic services in the management of low back pain."1Relative to Ontario, the reports also suggested that by improving access to chiropractic services and changing utilization patterns, the province's health care system could save hundreds of millions of dollars in direct and indirect health care costs and related expenses.2