A literature review concludes that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is more effective than other interventions for acute low-back pain (LBP).
The review pooled data from 14 studies, including a total of 2,027 subjects. The patients had suffered LBP for less than 3 months.
The study’s authors conclude that: “Results from most studies suggest that 5 to 10 sessions of SMT administered over 2 to 4 weeks achieve equivalent or superior improvement in pain and function when compared with other commonly used interventions, such as physical modalities, medication, education, or exercise, for short, intermediate, and long-term follow-up. Spine care clinicians should discuss the role of SMT as a treatment option for patients with acute LBP who do not find adequate symptomatic relief with self-care and education alone.”
Spine Journal – October 2010;10:918-40.