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Palmer statement on recent media coverage of back pain study

8/2/2013 (Archived)

Back painYou may have noticed recent media coverage (July 30 NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News and National Public Radio) on the topic of back pain. If not, following are links to the coverage. The stories cited the results of a July 29 JAMA Internal Medicine article, and although they were generally favorable to conservative approaches to managing back pain, they didn’t refer to chiropractic specifically. To address this, the following statement from Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., was sent to NBC, NPR, the ACA, the ICA and the Palmer community.

Links to media coverage:
NBC Nightly News
NBC Today Show
NPR news 

Palmer letter to NBC:

Dear Mr. Burkey, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Mr. Williams:

As the chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic, the founding and largest chiropractic college in the world, I watched with interest your story during the July 30 NBC Nightly News, which reported on a study published online July 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine. We applaud you for your coverage of back pain and its treatment. At Palmer we’re well aware of this debilitating, global health-care issue and want the public to be informed as well.

The findings of the study demonstrate the complexity of treating back pain and the importance of an evidence-based clinical practice approach to treatment. Doctors of chiropractic are committed to being part of the solution. Scientific studies consistently show that spinal manipulation performed by doctors of chiropractic is a safe and effective treatment for back pain. (See references below.)

Palmer College of Chiropractic is committed to teaching our students evidence-based clinical practices, and the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is the foremost chiropractic research facility in the world. I’d welcome the opportunity to provide additional information about chiropractic’s role in back-pain prevention and treatment, or about Palmer’s chiropractic research to you and your audience.


Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D., Chancellor, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy to Standard Medical Care for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain: Results of a Pragmatic Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.

Goertz CM, Pohlman KA, Vining RV, Brantingham JW, Long CR. Patient-centered Outcomes of High-velocity, Low-amplitude Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review. J Electromyogr Kines 2012;22(5):670-691.