Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for treating headaches, neck and back pain, as well other joint, muscle or nervous system issues. Adjustment techniques, one of the more familiar chiropractic treatments, are well researched. Complications are rare and side effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor.
Evidence-based practice is the process health care providers follow to apply the best available evidence into their clinical practice, along with clinical expertise that aligns with the patient’s values and preferences. Research demonstrates that among other benefits, evidence-based care:
- Enhances efficiency and accountability of health care
- Leads to better outcomes for patients
- Promotes knowledge-sharing between health care professionals and patients
In cases where applicable evidence is not available, health care professionals, including chiropractors, base their decisions on clinical expertise within their appropriate area of practice and their patient’s preferences.
Health leaders in various organizations, such as Health Quality Ontario (HQO), establish evidence-based recommendations to help health care professionals make appropriate clinical decisions. HQO’s evidence-based recommendations, called Clinical Practice Guidelines, recommend chiropractic care as one of the treatments for:
- Low back pain
- Pain associated with osteoarthritis
- Chronic and acute pain
- Automobile accidents
WSIB also has guidelines or care delivery plans for:
Our Evidence-Based Framework Advisory Council (EBFAC) is working to develop a comprehensive and inclusive understanding of chiropractic care that integrates evidence-based practice. You can learn more about the EBFAC’s work and upcoming steps on this EBFAC work page.