Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain
Here in our Portland, ME practice, Dr. Abby Power has helped several people recover from back problems. If you are struggling with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to decrease the pain. You should know that research indicates that chiropractic is oftentimes a better approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of problem.
In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic adjustments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
All of the people who received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no real care. 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
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without undesirable side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's purpose designed to correct the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Portland, ME office with Dr. Abby Power today at (207) 781-7911. We'll help relieve your back problems 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.