Chiropractic the Best Treatment for Low Back Pain in NYC 

 December 12, 2011

By  Dr. John Vilkelis

If you live or work in NYC and have back pain, we have a message for you.  Having low back pain is not normal, and the sensation of pain we feel is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong.

Chiropractic care is used to treat a variety of conditions in New York Citysuch as neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, headaches, etc., but the condition most commonly seen by chiropractors is low back pain. In order to prove to you that chiropractic works, I gathered evidence from peer-reviewed medical journals that use evidence-based guidelines to convince and open the minds of even the most guarded chiropractic skeptics.

In a joint effort, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service and Agency for Health Care Policy and Research put out clinical practice guidelines for acute low back pain, which stated that chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation) is the only doctor-delivered method of treatment shown to both relieve pain and improve function.

In 2007, a joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recognized spinal manipulation as a treatment method “of proven benefit” in low back pain. Although several other conservative treatment methods (acupuncture, cognitive-behavioral therapy, exercise therapy, intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation, massage therapy, progressive relaxation and yoga) were investigated, only spinal manipulation was recognized as an effective treatment for acute, sub-acute and chronic cases of low back pain.

Not enough evidence?

In 2010, the award winning research by Bishop and colleagues on acute mechanical low back pain concluded that “treatment including CSMT [chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy] is associated with significantly greater improvement in condition-specific functioning.”  This study was published in The Spine Journal, one of the most prestigious and frequently cited medical spine journals in the world.

Still not enough proof?

I leave you with one final report: the people’s word! In 2009, The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who experienced low back pain within the past year. Participants tried an average of 5-6 different treatments over the course of a year and were asked to rate the treatments (23 treatments in total including physical therapist, massage therapist, acupuncturist, primary care physician, specialist physician, etc.). Chiropractors were ranked #1 with the highest percentage of participants reporting that they were very or completely satisfied with their chiropractic low back pain treatment.


This is just the tip of the iceberg in research supporting the necessity and benefits of chiropractic in helping with low back pain. An abundance of studies continues to prove that chiropractic works. Spinal adjustment releases endorphins, restores crucial biochemical functions and reduces pressure on your nerves. So if you live or work in NYC the next time you experience back pain, visit Dr. John Vilkelis or Dr. Peter Kim, and see for yourself!

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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