In our Arlington, WA office, Dr. Ernst has helped countless people heal from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to relieve the pain. You should understand that studies have shown that chiropractic is often a better choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of pain.
In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each person was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.
Both of the groups that received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the NSAID, fared better than the control subjects who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the subjects who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Arlington, WA office with Dr. Ernst today at (360) 659-8464. We'll help relieve 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.