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Chiropractic Care in Long Term Low Back Pain Cases

Cifuentes, Willets and Wasiak (2011) compared the treatment of recurrent or chronic low back pain. They considered any condition recurrent or chronic if there was a recurrent disability after a 15 day absence and return to disability. Anyone with less than a 15 day absence was excluded from the study.

The study concluded that chiropractic care during the health maintenance care period resulted in:

  • 16% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to physical therapy
  • 6.6% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care compared to physical therapy care
  • 32% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to physical therapy care

The study concluded that chiropractic care during the disability episode resulted in:

  • 24% decrease in disability duration of first episode compared to physical therapy
  • 5.9% decrease in opioid (narcotic) use during maintenance care compared to physical therapy care
  • 19% decrease in average weekly cost of medical expenses during disability episode compared to physical therapy care

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Cifuentes, M., Willetts, J., & Wasiak, R. (2011). Health maintenance care in work-related low back pain and its association with disability recurrence. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53(4), 396-404.

 



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