In our Arlington clinic, Dr. Ernst has helped several patients recover from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to relieve the discomfort. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic care is oftentimes a better approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of problem.
In a study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had suffered 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 NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.
All of the participants who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no real care. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the patients who received chiropractic care had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without undesirable side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and 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 Arlington office with Dr. Ernst today at (360) 659-8464. We'll help improve 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.