Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our North County, St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Mark Holland has helped many people heal from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to relieve the discomfort. You should know that research indicates that chiropractic care is oftentimes a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the patients who received chiropractic care had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health complications. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for 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 relieve your back pain in a healthy way!

References

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.

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