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Study Design. A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, parallel trial with 3 arms.
Objective. To investigate in acute nonspecific low back pain (LBP) the effectiveness of spinal high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) manipulation compared with the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac (anti-inflammatory) and with placebo.
Summary of Background Data. Few studies have evaluated the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in comparison to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or placebo regarding satisfaction and function of the patient, off-work time, and rescue medication.
Methods. The subjects were randomized to 3 groups:
(1) spinal manipulation and placebo-diclofenac;
(2) sham manipulation and diclofenac;
(3) sham manipulation and placebo-diclofenac.
Results. Comparing the 2 intervention groups, the manipulation group was significantly better than the diclofenac group (Mann-Whitney test: P = 0.0134). No adverse effects or harm was registered.
Conclusion. In a subgroup of patients with acute nonspecific LBP, spinal manipulation was significantly better than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac and clinically superior to placebo.