In our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Holland has helped countless patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to relieve the discomfort. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic care is usually a better alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of pain.
In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned 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 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.
Both of the groups that received some form of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without negative side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic 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 care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100. 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.