Can you believe that the Journal of the AMA recommends chiropractic for back pain? I could hardly believe it, based on their past actions, the American Medical Association has rarely admitted any benefit to seeing a chiropractor. Technically, though, where the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recommends chiropractic is in a page on their website. That page amounts to an informational page on back pain for patients and the mention is just that, a brief mention that some people with low back pain benefit from chiropractic care. This is not the glowing endorsement of chiropractic care for low back pain that we would like to see but it is good to see from an organization that almost 30 years ago was found acting in violation of Sherman anti-trust act in regards to it’s approach to the chiropractic profession. The short story is that the AMA had entered into a long history of illegal behavior to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession.
While it is in a short sentence in a short patient handout, the fact that chiropractic was mentioned as a possible treatment for back pain by the AMA is noteworthy. Chiropractic is safe and effective for the treatment of back pain. We are moving towards a world where chiropractic will be the first line care for low back pain due to how much more cost effective chiropractic care is compared to standard medical care and specialty medical care. Perhaps in another 30 years we will get a paragraph about chiropractic written in AMA patient handouts.