Back and Neck Pain: The Chiropractic Therapy Debate

Spinal manipulation, in which a chiropractor or osteopath “adjusts” the spine using various kinds of thrusts, is no more effective than other kinds of treatment at reducing lower back pain, a new review of 20 previous trials involving more than 2,600 adults finds. And, in a second hit at this kind of treatment, doctors warned that spinal manipulation for neck pain should be abandoned because of the danger of serious injury, including stroke, from tears in neck arteries. According to …