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Guidelines Should Encourage Patients to Utilize Chiropractic

The above is the essence of a release from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). It was in reaction to a report titled, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society" released on October 2, 2007 by Roger Chou, MD among other researchers.

The report was published in the scientific journal, the Annals of Internal Medicine and provides several recommendations for patients with back pain. One particular suggestion is for patients that do not improve with self-care options. In such cases the report recommends that doctors should look into the addition of nonpharmacologic therapy with proven benefits, one of which they suggest is spinal manipulation.
Glenn Manceaux, DC, President of the ACA issued comments on account of the report and stated, "As shown in the literature, chiropractic spinal manipulation is certainly an effective treatment for low-back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries." Although a number of the recommendations in the American College of Physicians report do suggest the utilization of medications, the ACA release points to several previous studies promoting a non drug approach. They noted that in one study published in 2003 in the medical journal Spine, manual manipulation showed better short-term relief of chronic spinal pain than did a variety of medications. Dr. Manceaux, ACA president recommended, "If your back pain is not resolving quickly, visit your doctor of chiropractic." He continued, "Many chiropractic patients with relatively long-lasting or recurring back pain feel improvement shortly after starting chiropractic treatment. The relief and return to function they experience after a month of treatment is often greater than after seeing a family physician."

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