I would like some input from our skeptic friends for this article about chiropractic care and neck pain?
The authors of the original study responded in the journal by saying, "Our study was a pragmatic trial designed to assess the comparative effectiveness of three commonly used management options for neck pain. The design was chosen to represent as closely as possible what happens in the real-world clinical setting in which treatment is tailored to individual patients."
Some of the letters criticizing the positive chiropractic study tried to question the safety of chiropractic, to which the authors responded, "We disagree with Mr. Chapman about the documented risk for significant adverse outcomes related to cervical spine manipulation. The best available evidence about the relationship between spinal manipulation and vertebral artery dissection comes from several large casecontrol studies. These studies show that, although there is an association between visits to chiropractors and the subsequent development of vertebral vascular stroke, this type of stroke is extremely rare. Of importance, the risk is no greater than if patients seek care from their family medical physicians, who are very unlikely to apply spinal manipulation."
Dr. Robert Braile, a chiropractor for over 30 years and past president of the International Chiropractors Association and current president of the Georgia Council of Chiropractic responded by adding, "It is interesting to note that there are still some pockets of medical prejudice against a science and practice that have clearly stood the test of time both scientifically and clinically with millions of patients." Dr. Braile continued, "The bottom line has to be the welfare of the patients, and research such as this, plus many other studies shows the benefits of chiropractic over medications for people suffering from many health issues."
So what I am reading here is that the medical community did their own study with chiro and neck pain and found it to be more helpful than medication. Which is contrary to what may skeptics say ie "Chiropractic is only temporarily helpful for mild lower back pain". I am aslo seeing that despite this info there are medics who are still saying that the risk does not outweigh the benefits despite the article in one of their own peer reviewed journals. It this just outright prejudiced? Why cant the medics who rely on "science" drop their own biased opinions?
I have not read the actual article. I am not a researcher and I admit I do not have the background to scrutinize research. If you would please elaborate on this study as many of you have full access to pubmed and other sites that may contain the full article.
If you choose to use this question as a jumping point to promote your own biased agenda please save it. Please respond with professionalism and objectivity. I am looking to further my own understanding of this piece of medical literature. Thank you.
"Basing your guesses on supposition from a letter is NOT how you review a paper. " I agree!!! That is the entire purpose of me asking this question!!!
"Citing the paper would have been a good idea don't you think so we could go look it up" - I cannot access the entire article as I would have to purchase it...I found this...http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid... but it is difficult to read and I do not desire to purchase the paper. There are those on here who have subscriptions to these sites and can access and provide educated perspectives on this paper. Your answer is somewhat inflammatory an