Physiotherapy vs. Chiropractic Care...an RCT!
A fairly comprehensive randomised controlled trial (RCT) was conducted where patients with LBP, initially visiting a general practitioner, were randomly allocated to either chiropractic or physiotherapy interventions.
1 year after randomisation there were similar results in the chiropractic and physiotherapy groups with respect to effectiveness, recurrence rate, and costs when the groups as a whole were considered.
When the authors also analysed according to a subgroup of patients of less than 1 month’s duration, NO difference in change between the two groups (chiropractic and physiotherapy) were found.
However, more patients in the chiropractic group than in the physiotherapy group used additional health care after primary treatment.
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Posted on: January 30, 2006
Categories: Lumbar Spine , Relevant Physical Therapy Articles