10 Best Chiropractic Studies in 2013!

Following is a list of the top 10 Chiropractic Studies performed in 2013 (references given below). Most patients receiving regular chiropractic care experience improvement in health and significant reduction of back pain. These 10 studies show the science behind it.

  1. Using an MRI scan immediately after chiropractic treatment was administered, researchers viewed benefits of the chiropractic adjustment. This study looked at 112 patients with lower back pain that received side posture adjustments and/or spinal manipulative therapy and had immediate benefit of facet joint gapping and a reduction in their lower back pain.
  2. The Journal of the American Medical Association released updated guidelines for treatment of lower back pain. The new guidelines include seeking chiropractic care and physical therapy prior to any surgical intervention. The article states that surgery is usually not needed for treating lower back pain and patients should exhaust all conservative methods prior to even considering surgery.
  3. Patients with lumbar disc herniation were selected to receive either nerve root injections (epidural injections) or chiropractic care. The results showed that 76% of chiropractic patients reported feeling “better” or “much better” after treatment compared to the 62.5% of epidural injection patients.
  4. A research study out of Sherman College of Chiropractic showed that hypertensive or high blood pressure patients had a reduced diastolic blood pressure reading after receiving a series of chiropractic adjustments.
  5. Chiropractic care was shown to be the better therapy for Sacoiliac joint pain over physical therapy, injections, or corticosteroids. The study revealed a success rate of chiropractic care was 72% compared to just 20% for PT and 50% for corticosteroid injections.
  6. Cervical manipulation was shown to improve joint position sense that helps assist in improving mobility and pain in patients with neck pain or a whiplash injury.
  7. From the journal Spine- chiropractic care proves to be better for back pain than medical care alone. A better recovery by 73% was shown in military personnel with back pain with a combined care plan with chiropractic and medical care, compared to those who just received medical care had a 17% improvement.
  8. Chronic muscle pain is relieved instantly with chiropractic adjustment. Patients with muscle soreness experienced improvements in pressure pain thresholds after receiving chiropractic adjustments.
  9. Disc herniation in the cervical spine eased by chiropractic care for 3 months. 85% reduction in symptoms with patients who suffer from cervical radiculopathy.
  10. Frozen shoulder thawed out by Chiropractic care. 78% improvement in symptoms after receiving chiropractic care.



Cramer GD, et al. Magnetic resonance imaging zygaphosphyseal joint space changes (gapping) in low back pain patients following spinal manipulation and side-posture positioning: a randomized controlled mechanisms trial with blinding. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; pii: S0161-4754(13)00055-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.003.

American Chiropractic Association. JAMA suggests chiropractic for low back pain. Businesswire May 8, 2013. businesswire.com.

Goodman D, Burke A, Livingston E. Low back pain. JAMA Patient Page April 24, 2013; 309(16): 1738. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3046.

Peterson, CK, et al. Symptomatic Magnetic Resonance Imaging-confirmed lumbar disk herniation patients: a comparative effectiveness prospective observational study of 2 age- and sex-matched cohorts treated with either high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulative therapy or imaging-guided lumbar nerve root injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.005.

McMasters KL, et al. Blood pressure changes in African American patients receiving chiropractic care in a teaching clinic: a preliminary study. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2013; 12(2): 55-59.

Visser L, Woudenberg N, et al. Treatment of the sacroiliac joint in patients with leg pain: a randomized-controlled trial. European Spine Journal 2013 [online]. doi: 10.1007/s00586-013-2833-2.

Gong, Wontae. Effects of cervical joint manipulation on joint position sense of normal adults. Journal of Physical Therapy Science 2013;  25:721–723.

Haavik H, and Murphy B. Subclinical neck pain and the effects of cervical manipulation on elbow joint position sense. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2011; 34(2):88-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2010.12.009. 

Goertz C, et al. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: Results from a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013; 38 (8): 627–634. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e31827733e7.

Srbely J, Vernon H, Lee D, Polgar M. Immediate effects of spinal manipulative therapy on regional antinociceptive effects in myofascial tissues in healthy young adults. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013. dOI: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.01.005.

Peterson CK, et al. Outcomes from magnetic resonance imaging–confirmed symptomatic cervical disk herniation patients treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulative therapy.: a prospective cohort study with 3-month follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; doi 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.07.002).

Murphy F. Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic 2012; 11: 267-72.

Dr. Lori Nuzzi

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