A new study led by investigators at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in conjunction with the RAND Corporation and the Samueli Institute, found that patients suffering from low-back pain who received chiropractic care in addition to usual medical care had better short-term improvements in low-back pain intensity and pain-related disability when compared to those who received usual medical care alone.
Results of this groundbreaking research were released in the summer of 2018 in the inaugural edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association’s online JAMA Network Open. The study – the largest randomized clinical trial in chiropractic research in the U.S. to-date – took place from September 2012 to February 2016 and involved 750 active-duty U.S. military personnel at three sites across the country.
"This patient-centered, multi-site, pragmatic clinical trial provides the strongest evidence to-date that chiropractic care is safe, effective and can be integrated into multidisciplinary health-care settings," said Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., lead author of the study. "These findings are critical as the United States health-care system looks for ways to implement existing national guidelines from groups such as the American College of Physicians and the Joint Commission that recommend non-drug treatments, such as spinal manipulative therapy, as the first line of treatment for low-back pain."
The PCCR, headquartered on Palmer College of Chiropractic’s main campus in Davenport, Iowa, is the most highly funded chiropractic research center in the U.S. Within the past 10 years, the PCCR has been awarded grants from the NIH, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Defense, in addition to private-foundation grants.
New funding from the National Institutes of Health allows two chiropractors to join an interdisciplinary team in a groundbreaking study already underway called "Chiropractic Care for Veterans: A Pragmatic Randomized Trial Addressing Dose Effects for cLBP."