Low back pain and chiropractic care in the US military

A study of 750 active-duty US military service members with low back pain, where half of the patients received chiropractic care in addition to usual care, demonstrated larger reductions in pain and lower related disability than the group receiving only usual care. The chiropractic care patients received could include spinal manipulation, rehabilitation exercise, and treatment with heat or cold. This open access article published in JAMA Network Open concludes, “This trial provides additional support for the inclusion of chiropractic care as a component of multidisciplinary health care for low back pain, as currently recommended in existing guidelines.”