Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) effective for low back pain (LBP)?

Bottom Line:
Research around SMT is poor^ consistently inconsistent^ and almost impossible to interpret. Likely no reliable effects in acute LBP^ but possible small effects in chronic LBP^ at best improved pain (≤0.9 points out of 10) and recovery (for one in ~11 patients at one month) but two thirds of comparisons found no effect.

Publication Date: 2017-2-21
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 13:39:49