In The Spine Journal a randomized control clinical trial was undertaken to determine whether maintenance of spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain results in better long-term reduction of pain and disability outcomes by Mohammed K., et al 2011. Numerous clinical trials have attempted to assess and determine the efficacy of spinal manipulative therapy amongst different subgroups but none, except this one have studied the maintenance of Spinal Manipulative Therapy in chronic nonspecific low back pain. 

This particular study consisted of sixty patients who were randomly allocated into three different subgroups. Group 1 received 12 sham treatments of SMT over a 1 month period, group 2 received 12 treatments of SMT over a 1 month period but with no subsequent treatments over the following 9 months and group 3 received 12 treatments of SMT with follow-up maintenance SMT every 2 weeks for the following 9 months. The results favoured the patients in group 2 and 3 who experienced significantly lower back pain and disability scores compared to group 1 at the end of the one month period. Furthermore, group 3 was the only group to show improvement in pain and disability scores in the 10-month follow up period as they were the only group to receive maintenance spinal manipulation. The study concluded that not only is spinal manipulative therapy effective for the treatment of chronic non-specific low back pain but in order to obtain long-term benefits, maintenance spinal manipulation is suggested after the initial therapy. 

Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders worldwide, it is estimated that 80% of the adult population will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. Low back pain can lead to chronic disability if the correct measures are not taken to treat the initial acute pain. The study done by Mohammed K., et al demonstrated that in order to maintain treatment outcomes obtained with short-term treatment, it is beneficial to maintain spinal manipulative therapy for longer periods.

Lakeside Chiropractic can provide you with regular Chiropractic treatments to help maintain your spine. We are located at 3/45 Central Walk, Joondalup; Central to the Northern suburbs of Perth. With visitors from various local areas such as: Yanchep, Mindarie, Jindalee, Alkimos, Iluka, Edgewater, Wanneroo, Sinagra, Tapping, Ashby, Hocking, Pearsall, and Woodvale. If you would like to book an appointment or discuss regular Chiropractic management, feel free to call us on 9300 0095 or visit our website www.lakesidechiro.com.au  

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