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Table 3 Interventions undertaken or recommended by chiropractic respondents - n (%)

From: Management of people with acute low-back pain: a survey of Australian chiropractors

Response options Vignette 1 Vignette 2 Vignette 3 Vignette 4 Vignette 5
Bed rest* 1 (0) 1 (0) 3 (1) 47 (17) 36 (13)
Bed rest outside guideline recommendations 0 (0) 0 (0) 2 (1) 12 (4) NA
Paracetamol 18 (7) 21 (8) 18 (7) 53 (19) 99 (36)
NSAIDs 38 (14) 21 (8) 65 (24) 125 (46) 48 (18)
Back exercises 79 (29) 97 (35) 133 (49) 41 (15) 14 (5)
General exercise 135 (49) 213 (78) 130 (47) 94 (34) 62 (23)
Advice to stay active 143 (52) 183 (67) 134 (49) 101 (37) 68 (25)
Advice regarding alternate ways of moving 184 (67) 168 (61) 141 (51) 169 (62) 131 (48)
Advice to avoid pain provoking movements 196 (72) 181 (66) 134 (49) 191 (70) 155 (57)
Work modification 105 (38) 113 (41) 119 (43) 132 (48) 28 (10)
Spinal manipulation/adjustment 251 (92) 219 (80) 189 (69) 173 (63) 95 (35)
Mobilisation 84 (31) 96 (35) 66 (24) 93 (34) 55 (20)
Massage 155 (57) 162 (59) 120 (44) 131 (48) 106 (39)
Lumbar supports 10 (4) 10 (4) 29 (11) 42 (15) 23 (8)
Spinal traction 6 (2) 5 (2) 21 (8) 23 (8) 4 (1)
Acupuncture 15 (5) 13 (5) 29 (11) 22 (8) 11 (4)
Electrotherapy 22 (8) 20 (7) 24 (9) 31 (11) 25 (9)
Thermal modalities 135 (49) 105 (38) 74 (27) 151 (55) 120 (44)
Printed information 29 (11) 29 (11) 15 (5) 19 (7) 4 (1)
Referral to another health care provider 6 (2) 25 (9) 84 (31) 28 (10) 35 (13)
  1. N = 274 chiropractors unless otherwise specified.
  2. * Advising bed rest (irrespective of the number of days).
  3. Advising bed rest for more than 2 days.
  4. N = 268