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Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our North St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Holland has helped countless people recover from back problems. If you are suffering from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to reduce the pain. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic is oftentimes a much healthier alternative 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 subjects who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each patient was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

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

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care 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 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.