Association between chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy and benzodiazepine prescription in radicular low back pain: a retrospective cohort study protocol using national real-world data
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Description: While prior studies have found that recipients of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) have reduced odds of opioid prescription, no research has examined the association between SMT and benzodiazepine (BZD) prescription. As a primary outcome, we hypothesize that utilization of chiropractic SMT for radicular low back pain (LBP) will be associated with reduced odds of a BZD prescription over a 12-month follow-up window after controlling for confounding variables. We will also explore BZD prescription over 3- and 6-month follow-up windows.