Here in our North County, St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Mark Holland has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to relieve the discomfort. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic is often a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.
Both of the groups that received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to correct 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 problems 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.