Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our New York practice, Dr. Valente has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to relieve the pain. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic is oftentimes a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received fake chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those subjects received 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 or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

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 last longer as it's intended to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our New York office with Dr. Valente today at (917) 338-7917. We'll help improve your back problems 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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