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Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our North St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Holland has helped several people recover from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to relieve the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic care is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each patient was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

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

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed 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 is for you. Call and make an appointment in our North St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100. 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.