Chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe for adults and children, even our four legged friends! Unfortunately, some critics of chiropractic care have attempted to manipulate the public into thinking chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.
On December 8. 1994, the Agency for Health Care Policy and research of the US Department of Health and Human Services released Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of acute low back pain. Their guidelines were developed after extensive study of diagnostic and treatment methods or acute low back pain.
The guidelines were created by the AHCPR panel to provide primary care clinicians with information and recommended strategies for the assessment and treatment of acute low back problems. The panel was made up of 23 Members of medical doctors, chiropractic doctors, nurses, experts in spinal research, physical therapists, occupational therapists, a psychologist, and a consumer representative.
Their findings were:
- The risk of serious complication from Lumbar spinal adjustments are rare.
- Conservative care such a spinal manipulation should be pursued in most cases before considering surgical intervention
- Prescription drugs such as antidepressant, oral steroids or colchicine are not recommended for acute low back problems.
Canadian researchers have performed a large analysis of scientific literature on the most effective and cost effective care for low back pain. They concluded Chiropractic Adjustments are safer than medical management of low back pain and Chiropractic care is greatly superior to medical management in terms of scientific validity, safety, cost effectiveness and patient satisfaction.