Satterwhite Chiropractic Explains the Value of Chiropractic Research

Research makes the healthcare world go ‘round! Research grounds the role of healthcare’s relief of pain. In chiropractic healthcare, much research revolves around providing evidence of chiropractic’s benefit for painful musculoskeletal conditions like back pain, neck pain, arm pain and sciatic leg pain. Satterwhite Chiropractic offers just such research-documented, effective care to our Oxford chiropractic patients.

CHALLENGE: DO HIGH QUALITY RESEARCH

A set of back pain researchers challenged fellow researchers to come up with long-term plans to decrease the problem of low back pain on patients and healthcare systems. They explained that developing effective strategies continues to be a daunting job for back pain clinicians, doctors, and researchers. Vexingly, back pain disability levels have not improved despite an increased quantity of published research papers about back pain care. No consensus on the optimal way to handle low back pain has been achieved. Non-drug and non-invasive methods like exercise, manual therapy, massage, and such are typical recommendations. Other reviewing researchers indicated a few problems with back pain research: design and analysis within the treatment clinical trials. (1) Designing research studies is difficult. Coming up with a “sham” protocol for spinal manipulation that feels like spinal manipulation is really challenging. (Just touching a spine can help some, but that’s a topic for another article!) Observational studies are the next in line. How so? Researchers observe what happens to patients when they go through treatment and note changes and effects. Fortuitously, Cox® Technic research has a blend of biomechanical and clinical observational studies resulting in case reports, case series, plus retrospective and prospective clinical studies. Satterwhite Chiropractic feels this mix of research support helps define to our Oxford chiropractic patients what clinical outcome relief they may anticipate.

MINIMAL CLINICAL IMPORTANCE

Sometimes, chiropractic physicians and low back pain patients alike find themselves disappointed with the outcomes of treatment for back pain. They should not be! In medicine, the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) is defined as 30% or 20% and even 10% improvement. That’s reported as an “effective” outcome. Cox® Technic has offered 50% improvement in 30 days as the goal…and still does. Many times, chiropractic patients find that 50% relief in fewer than 30 days and that the 50% relief is more like 70% or 80% or 90%! Sometimes, a patient’s response may be slower in getting relief or only reaches 30% or 40%. Some patients desire more while others, especially patients who have already gone through back surgery or sought non-relieving care from many other providers, are excited. A study of 1232 low back pain subjects found a MCID pain intensity of 2 (meaning a 2 point change on a scale of 0 no pain to 10 worst imaginable pain). That is not a big move but is realistic. (2) It is a statistic to share. Compared with medical and surgical outcomes for back pain treatment that are as low as 10% or 30% expected improvement MCID, our Oxford chiropractic clinical outcome objectives are high and frequently achievable.

THE CHALLENGE OF CHIROPRACTIC RESEARCH – AND HOW CHIROPRACTIC ANSWERS

Chiropractic, like other complementary and integrative healthcare professions, has a little more effort in maintaining a flow of research as many programs are not in large university situations with well-established and well-funded research departments. Global chiropractic researchers are looking for a solution.  Australia, Canada, and Denmark chiropractic researchers have created a leadership academy (CARL – Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership) for early-career chiropractic researchers to promote more chiropractic research. US-based researchers are looking to the RAND Corporation’s Center for Collaborative CIH Research to assemble research talent and resources to advance chiropractic’s quality and quantity of research.  (3,4) Strong research continues at chiropractic universities to document the benefits of chiropractic for musculoskeletal-related pain like back pain, neck pain, arm pain and leg pain.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Ram Gudavalli, PhD, principal investigator of many Cox® Technic research studies, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes research studies of which he’s been a part.

Make your next Oxford chiropractic appointment today. Bring your questions about the research behind our chiropractic care with you! Satterwhite Chiropractic loves to share research! 

 
Satterwhite Chiropractic shares the importance and value of chiropractic research in healthcare decision-making and relevance. 
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