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Choosing Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain

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The Choosing Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain project was conducted under the Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health (CERC) and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

About the Study

The Choosing Chiropractic for Chronic Pain study examined the impact of evidence, outcomes, costs, and patient preferences on the choice of treatment for chronic low-back pain and chronic neck pain.

Data collection for this study concluded in 2017, and the research team is currently analyzing data and publishing findings. We recruited 125 chiropractic clinics from six U.S. cities for our study. Because of the vigorous participation and dedication of these clinics, we were able to collect survey data from over 2,000 chiropractic patients with chronic low back and/or neck pain. The data included three-month longitudinal surveys as well as chiropractic chart data for the majority of respondents.

Preliminary study findings were presented to our expert appropriateness panels on manipulation and mobilization for chronic low back pain and chronic neck pain. We also shared results at numerous academic conferences, including the International Congress for Integrative Medicine and Health, the American Public Health Association, and multiple chiropractic professional conferences.

The research team is in the process of publishing results in peer-reviewed articles. To explore the results, visit our publications page. We will continue to update this page as new publications become available.