Here in our Arlington, WA office, Dr. Ernst has helped several people recover 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 know that research shows that chiropractic is oftentimes a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.
All of the subjects who received some form of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the patients who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without adverse effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule 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.