In our Harrisburg practice, Dr. Blake has helped many patients heal from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to reduce the discomfort. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had suffered 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 care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received sham chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
Both of the groups that received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic care had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed 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. Call and make an appointment in our Harrisburg office with Dr. Blake today at (717) 657-2561. We'll help ease 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.