METHODS: In this randomized clinical trial follow up study, 195 subjects were followed for one year after a four-week period of either a form of chiropractic care (FD) or a form of physical therapy (EP). Weekly structured telephone interview questions regarded visitation of various health care practitioners and the practice of self-care for low back pain.
RESULTS: Subjects in the physical therapy group demonstrated on average significantly more visits to any health care provider and to a general practitioner during the year after trial care (p<0.05). No group differences were noted in the number of visits to a chiropractor or physical therapist. Self-care was initiated by nearly every subject in both groups.
CONCLUSIONS: During a one-year follow-up, subjects previously randomized to physical therapy attended significantly more health care visits than those subjects who received chiropractic care.
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