Growing Evidence Offers Proof Chiropractic Works
A growing body of evidence-based research offers proof chiropractic works. It does this by demonstrating the value of chiropractic care in addressing conditions affecting your spine, muscles, joints or nervous system. Some key evidence-based highlights are cited below.
Research and Outcome Highlights
Reduced Medication and Opioid Use
- A 2019 U.S. study found that 64 per cent of patients who saw a chiropractor were less likely to use opioids than people who didn’t, as reported in the journal Pain Medicine.1
- 83 per cent of patients surveyed now rely less on medication, including opioids, to help manage their low back pain, after receiving care from a musculoskeletal (spine, muscle or joint) expert, such as a chiropractor, at one of Ontario’s government-funded Primary Care Low Back Pain program sites. 2
- 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioid Therapy and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain recommends therapies without medication, such as spinal or joint manipulation and therapeutic exercise, for treating back pain, as well as neck pain, knee osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and severe headaches or migraines.3
- The American College of Physicians Low Back Pain Systemic Review demonstrated that exercise is effective for reducing long-term (chronic) low back pain and spinal manipulation provided better short-term pain relief than other active interventions.4
- Studies have shown people who receive chiropractic care are more likely to be physically able to work in a shorter duration of time.5
 “Association Between Chiropractic Use and Opioid Receipt Among Patients with Spinal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”, Pain Medicine, September 2019.
 Primary Care Low Back Pain Pilot Evaluation: Final Report. Centre for Effective Practice. Toronto: Ontario. March 2017.
 Busse, J. W., Craigie, S., Juurlink, D.N., Buckley, D. N., Wang L., Couban R.J., Agoritsas, T., Akl, E.A., Carrasco-Labra, A., Cooper, L., Cull, C., da Costa B.R., Frank, J.W., Grant G., Iorio, A., Persaud, N., Stern, S., Tugwell, P., Vandvik P.O. and Guyatt G.H., Canadian Guideline for Opioid Therapy and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, CMAJ, 189 (18), May 2017.
 Qaseem, A., Wilt, T. J., McLean, R. M., & Forciea, M. A. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline. American College of Physicians Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain. Annals of Internal Medicine, 166(7), 514-530. April 2017.
 Blanchette, M., Rivard, M., Dionne, C.E., Hogg-Johnson, S., & Steenstra, I. Association between the type of first healthcare provider and the duration of financial compensation for occupational back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2016.
“It’s a whole new ballgame now. I’m able to continue working to support my family. I can ride motorcycles again. I can ride my snowmobile again. I can sit in the boat for a couple of hours now and take my granddaughter out fishing.”
“In addition to seeing Dr. Morgan (a Toronto chiropractor) for treatment twice a month, I’ve been going to his workshops. He showed me how to sit up properly, how to get up, how to get out of bed the right way. He got me back on track.”
“Because my chiropractor is in contact with my nurse (practitioner) whom I see on a regular basis… They’re looking at me as a whole piece, not just fixing (a part of me). They’re trying to see what they can do to help me be better as a whole.”
“I’m absolutely much more aware of my body and I have mental clarity. I mean, I’m sleeping clear and sound. It’s just been a huge difference.”
“I got hit back in 2005 on my bike. I was taking percs [percocets], buying them off the street, I was taking anything I can get to stop the pain. Now [after chiropractic care] I’m right off the percs!”
“I’m back doing work as an electrician and not long ago, I could barely get off the floor. It (chiropractic sessions and a new love of yoga) really helps with my mobility and stiffness.”
“Thank you [to my chiropractor] for helping me with the back pain I have suffered over eleven years… I was taking 6 Percocet per day, along with 6 Tylenol #3… I have (now) eliminated the Percocet and Tylenol #3 and now have no pain.”
“Knowing that I’ve got somebody I can relate to who can come up with a solution that can make me feel better if I have trouble is comforting. He’s got my back.”
“I had an operation for my spinal stenosis that was partially successful. I was struggling to walk … My daughter found Dr. Ammendolia … I was skeptical … halfway through the program, the improvements were really, really dramatic.”
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