Here in our North County St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Mark Holland has helped many patients recover from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to reduce the discomfort. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic is oftentimes a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 people who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each person 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 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 subjects acted as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.
Both of the groups that received some form of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no real therapy. 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.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to correct the source of the spinal interference, 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.