Chiropractic and Exercise Management of Spinal Dysfunction in Seniors

2014-08-27 03:16:20 | BioPortfolio


This study will compare the effectiveness of chiropractic and exercise treatment in the short- and long-term, when managing chronic neck and back disability in seniors over the age of 65 years.


Interventions that temper declining functional status due to aging are critical to the vitality and longevity of the elderly. Conservative, non-drug treatments that address disability and pain may significantly reduce the societal burden associated with spinal dysfunction in this population. Chiropractic and exercise are two such promising therapies, and have yet to be compared in the context of short- versus long-term management.

The primary aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of 9 months of chiropractic care and exercise with a) 3 months of the same intervention, and with b) 9 months of exercise alone, in 300 seniors with chronic spinal dysfunction. The primary outcomes are patient-rated neck and back disability.

Secondary aims are to assess between-group differences in patient self-reported pain, general health, improvement, self-efficacy, kinesiophobia, satisfaction, medication use, and objective biomechanical outcomes. Seniors' perceptions and experience with treatment will be assessed through qualitative interviews. Finally, the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of these interventions will be measured.

This project will significantly contribute to the evidence base of conservative, non-drug treatments that address disability and pain in seniors with spinal dysfunction. Identification of effective therapies has tremendous potential to substantially improve the functional status, quality of life, and overall health in the aging population.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Neck Disability


chiropractic, exercise


Northwestern Health Sciences University
United States




Northwestern Health Sciences University

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