In 2011, scientists at the Palmer Center
for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), the RAND Corporation
and the Samueli Institute received a grant
totalling nearly $7.5 million from the Department of
Defense. The purpose of this grant was to Assess
Chiropractic Treatment (ACT) for military readiness
in active-duty personnel through three studies, ACT
I, ACT II and ACT III.
ACT I is the largest clinical trial evaluating chiropractic
to date. This randomized controlled trial (RCT)
for low-back pain has been conducted at three sites:
Naval Medical Center San Diego, Calif.; Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.;
and Naval Hospital Pensacola, Fla. The primary aim
of this study is to evaluate if chiropractic treatment
in addition to standard medical care is better than
standard medical care alone in treating pain and
physical function in active-duty military personnel
with acute, sub-acute and/or chronic low-back pain.
At the end of 2015, the PCCR had reached its recruitment
goal of 750 active-duty military personnel,
representing 250 participants at each site.
Study leaders are finishing long-term data collection
to determine study outcomes at one year, in
addition to beginning to analyze the vast amount
of data collected during the study.
Study findings will be reported in peer-reviewed
scientific journals within the coming months. The
first publication, describing the study methods,
was published in Trials and can be accessed at
http://bit.ly/1TCjoM0. Results of this study have
the potential to guide future studies and to inform
military practice, particularly as to how chiropractic
care is incorporated into overall medical care.
For more information about all three ACT projects
and others, please see