Some of the most elite peer reviewed journals have repetitively looked at injury management with Chiropractic Care and have determined not only its efficacy for treatment but more so the benefit of ongoing supportive care to prevent flare ups. Many patients have ongoing check ups with their primary doctor or dentist but might have been unaware of the importance of such maintenance with Chiropractic care.
A couple of evidence based medical studies done in 2011 validated the need for Chiropractic maintenance, even more so over exercise and medication.
“The first study published in January 2011 in Spine concluded that “SMT is effective for the treatment of chronic non specific LBP (low back pain). To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.”
The second study in April 2011, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, provides additional support for the value of chiropractic maintenance care for post injury low back pain patients. The study followed 894 injured workers for a period of one year. During that year there were four different types of therapy available to the workers: medical management, physical therapy, chiropractic, and no therapy. Episodes of repeat disability were recorded during the year following the initial injury. Physical therapy had the highest percentage of re-injured workers followed by those receiving medical management or no treatment at all. The lowest incidence of repeat injury was found among those workers who had received chiropractic maintenance care.
The results of published surveys given to chiropractors have documented the profession’s belief in the value of maintenance care. Furthermore, during the last decade there have been a dozen peer reviewed papers on the subject. There are far more questions to be answered, but it is heartening to see medical research corroborate the studies and beliefs of the chiropractic profession.”