Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our Beechmont, Ohio practice, Dr. Louis Valentine has helped countless patients heal from back pain. 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 often a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating 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 patient was then assigned 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 patients received sham chiropractic treatments 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 treatment whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control group who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the patients who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without adverse 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 purpose designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Beechmont, Ohio office with Dr. Louis Valentine today at (513) 247-2222. We'll help ease your back problems 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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