Latest Systematic Review on Manipulation and LBP

Reference:Rubinstein SM et al Spinal manipulative therapy for acute low back pain: an update of the cochrane review. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Feb 1;38(3):E158-77.

Spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) is performed on thousands of patients on a daily basis worldwide. There are now hundreds of studies that have investigated the efficacy of manipulation and dozens of systematic reviews summarizing the study results.

Here is a quote from the latest systematic review.

“SMT is no more effective for acute low back pain than inert interventions, sham SMT or as adjunct therapy. SMT also seems to be no better than other recommended therapies.” (Rubinstein SM et al 2013)

Clinical Relevance: If you don’t practice manipulation, it’s OK. There is no shortage of other potentially effective treatment options.

Posted on: July 03, 2015


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