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Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our North St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Holland has helped countless people heal from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should understand that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a better approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received fake chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, 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 had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. 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.