Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our State College, PA office, Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes has helped many patients recover from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to decrease the pain. You should recognize that research indicates that chiropractic is oftentimes a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 individuals who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each one was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments 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 whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Make an appointment in our State College, PA office with Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes today at (814) 308-9352. We'll help improve your back pain in a healthy way!

References

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.

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