A study published in the British Medical Journal challenges the notion that 80 to 90 percent of low back pain
episodes resolve themselves about six weeks, regardless of treatment. The study of 463 adults with low back pain maintains
it should not necessarily be concluded that patients who did not return a follow up visit to their general practitioners were
pain-free. While 75 percent of these patients reported experiencing either pain and/or disability up to 12 months after their
initial consultations, most did no return to their medical doctors after initial treatments failed to address their problems.
By contrast, a federal panel of experts has concluded that chiropractic effectively addresses low back pain if undertaken
within a month of the onset of symptoms.
P.S. A previous bout with low-back pain is the strongest risk factor for a new episode.