Updated: Oct 27, 2022
The bottom line is that spine manipulation by a physical therapist, in comparison to other medical treatments including medications, injections, and surgery is a safer treatment.
According to a 2017 Study of Pain:
25% of people that regularly take medications like Advil or Aleve - called NSAIDs - will develop a stomach ulcer
Up to 4% of those people will end up with a perforated or bleeding ulcer
Up to 30% of people with a perforated ulcer will die within 90 days
So - if you start with 1000 people chronically using these NSAID medications:
250 will develop a stomach ulcer
Of these, 10 will bleed or perforate
Of these 3 will die
Compared to this type of medication, other studies have shown the safety of hands on spinal manipulation by physical therapists
Spinal manipulation is 37,000 to 148,000 times safer than NSAIDs for the treatment of low back herniated disc
Neck Manipulation does not cause problems - unlike NSAID medications - no one died. There were only normal, temporary, increases in neck pain or headache in 16% of the people treated with neck manipulation
Christopher DiPasquale, PhD, PT, OCS, SCS, CHT is a physical therapist at Performance Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, with offices in Hebron and Colchester, Connecticut. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Sports Physical Therapy and a Certified Hand Therapist by the Hand Therapy Certification Committee. Visit pptsm.com for more information. You can call the Hebron office at 860-228-4883 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can call the Colchester office at 860-537-3014 or send an email to email@example.com.