Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our St. Petersburg, FL office, Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has helped many patients recover from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to decrease the pain. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic is oftentimes a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each person was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

Both of the groups that received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the patients who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's purpose 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. Schedule an appointment in our St. Petersburg, FL office with Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell today at (727) 637-2957. We'll help relieve 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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