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Research shows that Chiropractic care is effective, cost-saving and safe. Here you can read quick summaries of featured research studies on a variety of topics. You can dig deeper into each featured study, or browse the library to find other titles that interest you.

Study Confirms That “Chiropractic Maintenance Care” Provides Significant Benefits

This new, single blinded placebo controlled study, conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at Mansoura University, conclusively demonstrates that maintenance care provides significant benefits for those with chronic low back pain. [1]

A Longitudinal Assessment of Chiropractic Care Using a Survey of Self-Rated Health Wellness & Quality of Life: A Preliminary Study

A study focusing on patient's feelings about their health and wellness while under regular chiropractic care.

CAM-Oriented Primary Care Providers Result in Cost Savings, High Patient Satisfaction, Study Suggests

Patients visiting chiropractors and other holistically-oriented physicians who serve as primary care providers (PCPs) have lower utilization costs and higher patient satisfaction levels than patients treated by conventional medical doctors, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that tracked data from a unique Independent Physicians Association (IPA) where chiropractors serve as first-contact, primary care physicians.

Comparative Analysis of Individuals With and Without Chiropractic Coverage: Patient Characteristics, Utilization, and Costs

This extensive four- year study compared total health
care costs for low back pain patients with and without chiropactic insurance coverage and found chiropractic care for low back pain signficantly reduced total health care costs.

Effect of Chiropractic Care on Heart Rate Variability and Pain in a Multisite Clinical Study

This study demonstrates the effect of chiropractic care in a multiclinic setting on sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system activities.

Newest Study Confirms that Chiropractic Care Does Not Increase Risk of Stroke

According to a February 2008 report in the journal Spine, a new study finds there is no evidence of excess risk of stroke following chiropractic spinal manipulation. In the study, researchers noted that patients are no more likely to suffer a stroke following chiropractic treatment than they would after visiting their family doctor’s office.

Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association With Disability Recurrence

BACKGROUND FROM DAN MURPHY:
This study used Hazard Ratios. Hazard ratios compare two treatments. A Hazard Ratio of 2.0 means the rate is twice the rate of the other group.

Cost effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy, and general practitioner care for neck pain: economic evaluation alongside a randomised controlled trial

This study concludes that manual therapy is more effective and less costly for treating neck pain than physiotherapy or care by a general practitioner.

United Kingdom back pain exercise and manipulation (UK BEAM) randomised trial: cost effectiveness of physical treatments for back pain in primary care

This study was prompted by the fact that back pain is a major economic problem. This study found that spinal manipulation is a cost effective addition to "best care" for back pain in general practice. It was also concluded that manipulation alone is more clinically successful and cost-effective than manipulation followed by exercise.

Surrogate Indication of DNA Repair in Serum After Long Term Chiropractic Intervention – A Retrospective Study

This landmark study found that chiropractic care could influence basic physiological processes affecting oxidative stress and DNA repair, offering a scientific explanation for the positive health benefits reported by patients receiving chiropractic care.

Effects of a managed chiropractic benefit on the use of specific diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the treatment of low back and neck pain

This 2005 study found that for the treatment of low back and neck pain the inclusion of a chiropractic benefit resulted in a reduction in the rates of surgery, advanced imaging, inpatient care, and plain-film radiographs.

A Nonsurgical Approach to the Management of Patients with Cervical Radiculopathy: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study

This May 2006 study demonstrated favorable outcomes with non-surgical treatment in a sample patient group with cervical radiculopathy.

Chiropractic management of primary nocturnal enuresis.

This study, and others, offer supporting research for
the efficiacy of chiropractic management of nocturnal bed-wetting.

Surgical vs Non-operative Treatment for Lumbar Disk Herniation

This study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is the only large and well-designed trial to compare surgery for sciatica with waiting a reasonable amount of time before surgery.

Chiropractic "Only Proven Effective Treatment" for Chronic Whiplash

Study Says 74% of Chronic Whiplash Patients Improved with Chiropractic

Self-reported Nonmusculoskeletal Responses to Chiropractic Intervention: A Multination Survey

This 2005 study found that chiropractic care also had a positive effect on nonmusculoskeletal problems.

Degenerative changes following spinal fixation in a small animal model.

This 2004 study reveals exciting new evidence that regular chiropractic care may reduce the occurrence of degenerative joint disease or spinal arthritis.

Spinal manipulation reduces pain and hyperalgesia after lumbar intervertebral foramen inflammation in the rat

This important new study explains one reason why chiropractic care is so effective by demonstrating how spinal manipulation reduces joint inflammation.

A Study of Education

Researchers compare chiropractic education to traditional medical education and find that "considerable commonality exists between chiropractic and medical programs."

Anthony Rosner responds to Newsweek
article "The Great Back Pain Debate"

An excellent letter addressed to the editorial department of Newsweek magazine validating the science and research behind spinal manipulation.

The Duke Study

Researchers conclude that chiropractic results in almost immediate improvement for headaches with fewer side effects than leading prescription medication and longer-lasting relief.

The IPA Study

Chiropractors receive high marks from patients in a variety of areas.

The Manga Study

This hugely influential landmark study shows that chiropractic care can bring about improved health outcomes at a lower cost.