In our St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Holland has helped countless people recover from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each individual was then designated 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 acted as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
All of the participants who received some type of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no real care. 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.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed 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 is for you. Schedule an appointment in our 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.