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Research short: Spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain

Dr Mary Wyatt

Researchers have found spinal manipulative therapy yields small improvements in chronic low back pain, but have questioned the practice's cost-effectiveness.

Long term back pain is one of the most common chronic illnesses, affecting roughly one in six people in the community. With an array of treatments for lower back complaints, it can be difficult to determine which therapy will be effective for a patient. Dutch researchers have sought to assess the effects of spinal manipulation or manipulative physiotherapy on long term back pain. The review study brought together 26 randomised control ...

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