Recurrent Low Back Pain and Chiropractic

William J. Owens DC, DAAMLP

Low back pain is a very common occurrence in our society. There are people that experience it once in their lives, but it is much more common to have back pain that reoccurs when you least expect it. Chiropractic care has been show to be effective in eliminating it or in the cases of chronic recurrent lower back pain, in managing symptoms to allow chronic low back pain sufferers go through their days “pain free.”

Although pain is the #1 reason someone would consult a doctor of chiropractic, the effects of chiropractic on people with recurrent pain are dramatic. In a recent study published in a peer reviewed medically indexed article, the authors stated the objective was, “To investigate the recovery pattern in chiropractic patients being treated for long-lasting or recurrent low back pain…”
(Stig, Nilsson, & Leboeuf-Yde, 2001, 288). A total of 158 people were included in the study. The results of the research showed, “Approximately 50% of patients reported that they had ‘improved’ at the 4th visit and within 2 weeks...At the 12th visit...approximately 75% of the patients reported that ‘improvement’ had occurred” (Stig, Nilsson, & Leboeuf-Yde, 2001, 288). “Improvement” was defined as a rating of 1-2/10 on a 10 point scale with 0 being no pain and 10 being the worst pain imaginable.1

The results of this study indicate that 75% of the population gets better in a short amount of time. Should those patients with low back pain have chosen a preventive regimen of chiropractic care, our clinical experience dictates those numbers would have been much higher. Some patients require care once monthly, while others once weekly depending upon their occupations and activity levels as risk factors in exposing the spine to stress. Stresses that affect the spine are physical, chemical or emotional and all three have significant causative values.

The research continues to grow, showing the effectiveness of chiropractic management of lower back pain and in this case, lower back pain that reoccurs. The chiropractic adjustment is the primary method of treatment that produced these amazing results. If you have lower back pain, please speak with a doctor of chiropractic today. Research has shown that improvement occurs without drugs or surgery.

This study along with many others concludes that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions to recurrent low back pain. To find a qualified doctor of chiropractic near you go to the US Chiropractic Directory at and search your state.


1. Stig, L-C., Nilsson, O., & Leboeuf-Yde, C. (2001). Recovery pattern of patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for long-lasting or recurrent back pain.
Journal of Manipulative and Physioliological Therapeutics, 24(4), 288-91.

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