Chiropractic care in work-related low back pain

This study looks at the association between timing and duration of chiropractic care in work-related low back pain and work-disability outcomes.

Patients from 4 states who received chiropractic care for uncomplicated occupational low back pain were identified through workers’ compensation claims.

And, the results.

  • Chiropractic care was initiated within 30 days after the onset of back pain by 89% of claimants.
  • 48% of them ended chiropractic care within the first 30 days.
  • Shorter chiropractic care duration was significantly associated with a lower likelihood of work-disability recurrence and 9% shorter work-disability duration.

The bottom line?
The authors conclude that the results do “not support a benefit of longer chiropractic care in preventing work-disability recurrence or reducing work-disability duration in OLBP.”

This conclusion is in line with guidelines in an earlier post by Dr. Peter Stanton, a board certified chiropractic orthopedist practicing in Burke, Virginia.

11/22/07 17:32 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.