Mayo Clinic Talks: Chiropractic Care for Back Pain

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Host: Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.

Guest: Benjamin (Ben) D. Holmes, D.C., Ph.D.

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions that physicians see in their practices. Studies indicate that, by the age of 50 years old, approximately 80% of people will experience low back pain in their lives. Joining us today is Benjamin D. Holmes, D.C., Ph.D. a practicing chiropractor and one of the spine specialists in the Mayo Clinic Spine Center. Dr. Holmes will discuss various treatment interventions for back pain, as well as misconceptions and assumptions regarding chiropractic treatment. 

Additional Resources:

  • Foster, N. E., Anema, J. R., Cherkin, D., Chou, R., Cohen, S. P., Gross, D. P., & Woolf, A. (2018). Prevention and treatment of low back pain: evidence, challenges, and promising directions. The Lancet, 391(10137), 2368-2383.
  • Bialosky, J. E., George, S. Z., Horn, M. E., Price, D. D., Staud, R., & Robinson, M. E. (2014). Spinal manipulative therapy–specific changes in pain sensitivity in individuals with low back pain (NCT01168999). The Journal of Pain, 15(2), 136-148.
  • Cook, C., Learman, K., Showalter, C., Kabbaz, V., & O'Halloran, B. (2013). Early use of thrust manipulation versus non-thrust manipulation: a randomized clinical trial. Manual Therapy, 18(3), 191-198.
  • Chou, R., Fu, R., Carrino, J. A., & Deyo, R. A. (2009). Imaging strategies for low-back pain: systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet, 373(9662), 463-472.

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