Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our Waldorf, MD practice, Dr. Lipsitz has helped many patients heal from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to reduce the discomfort. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic care is usually a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each patient 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 non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some form of actual 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 patients who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without negative side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to correct 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. Call and make an appointment in our Waldorf, MD office with Dr. Lipsitz today at (301) 645-8898. 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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