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Top 10 Chiropractic Studies of 2013

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to review top studies from the year prior. Over 2013, many pertinent studies were published in the area of chiropractic research. Most of them show the amazing benefits of chiropractic therapy and bring proof to the fact that chiropractic treatment is often a better solution than surgery, injections or drugs.

Here is a list with the conclusions of the top 10 studies performed on chiropractic care in 2013.

  1. The Benefits Chiropractic Care Brings about Can Be Seen and Measured on MRI – The study shows that the changes in the patients’ spinal gapping appeared as a result of chiropractic adjustment can be seen on MRI.
  2. AMA Recommends Chiropractic Over Surgery For Many – In an article published in the American Medical Association’s Journal, patients are advised to try chiropractic treatment and other traditional remedies for back pain before going for surgery. Surgery, it is said, should be the last solution and should only be considered when everything else fails.
  3. Chiropractic Matches and Even Exceeds the Effectiveness of Epidural Injections in Cases of Lumbar Disc Herniation – For this study, patients with lumbar disc herniation were split into two groups: one group received injections at the root of the nerve, and the other one received chiropractic care. 62.5% of the patients that were given injections reported improvements in their condition, but the percent of positive results was even higher for the other group – 76%.
  4. Blood Pressure Can Be Lowered with Chiropractic – Research is being done in a new direction: how chiropractic adjustments can affect blood pressure. The study is quite new, but the preliminary results show that, indeed, chiropractic treatment can lower blood pressure.
  5. Chiropractic Is the Most Effective Solution for SI Joint Pain – The study aimed at finding the best treatment for patients with dysfunction in the sacroiliac joint that presented leg pain. The patients went through one of the three options: intra-articular corticosteroids injections, physical therapy and chiropractic manual therapy. Besides noteworthy pain relief, chiropractic therapy had a success rate of 72%, whereas corticosteroid injections had 50% and physiotherapy only 20%.
  6. Neck Adjustments Immediately Improve Joint Position Sense – Spinal adjustments can bring significant improvements in joint position sense, thus leading to immediate neck mobility improvements in patients displaying neck pain or whiplash.
  7. Chiropractic Is More Effective for Back Pain than Medical Care Alone – The study shows the results of combining medical care with chiropractic in treating patients suffering from back pain. Standard medical care was effective on 17% of the patients with low back pain, while as much as 73% of the patients receiving both treatments displayed improvements.
  8. Muscle Pain Can Be Instantly Relieved Through Spinal Adjustments – New research shows that spinal adjustments can have immediate effects on myofascial pain syndrome sufferers. Chiropractic treatment can alleviate the pain right away.
  9. Chiropractic Eases Cervical Disc Herniation – Patients suffering from cervical radiculopathy received chiropractic treatment for three months; 85% of them reported a significant decrease in disability and considerable pain relief by the end of the treatment.
  10. Chiropractic Helps Relieve Pain Associated with Frozen Shoulder Syndrome – The study is based on patients with frozen shoulder syndrome; 78% of them reported pain alleviation after receiving chiropractic care.

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