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A Summary

Key information to keep in mind regarding chiropractic back pain includes the following:
  • Chiropractic care is most often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, such as problems with the muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue, such as cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
  • Research studies of chiropractic treatment for lower back pain have been of uneven quality and insufficient findings to allow firm conclusions. Nonetheless, the overall sense is that for lower back pain, chiropractic treatment and conventional medical treatments are likely equally helpful. However, it is harder to draw conclusions about the relative value of chiropractic care for other clinical conditions.
  • The risk of experiencing complications from chiropractic adjustment of the low back appears to be minimal. However, the risk appears to be higher for adjustment of the neck.
  • It is important to inform all of your healthcare providers about any treatment that you are using or considering, including chiropractic treatments. This will help each provider make sure that all aspects of your healthcare are working together.
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