I recently read about a randomized double blinded placebo-controlled parallel trial with three arms. The objective of this study was to investigate in acute non-specific low back pain (LBP) the effectiveness of spinal high-velocity-low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation compared with the non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac and with placebo.
Spinal HVLA Manipulation is a specific form of manipulation or “adjustments” provided by chiropractors. HVLA stands for High Velocity Low Amplitude. The following research abstract looks at the effectiveness of specific chiropractic manipulative therapy of the spine for non-specific acute low back pain and compares it to other treatment methods.
The concern of many physicians is that the long term use of NSAID’s leads to side effects such as stomach upset, heartburn, ulcers and skin rashes for example.