Here in our North County, St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Mark Holland has helped several patients recover from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 subjects served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.
All of the patients who received some type of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic care had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our North County, St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Mark Holland today at (314) 867-8888. We'll help ease your back pain in a healthy way!
von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.