In our Tumwater office, Dr. Harrell has helped several people heal from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to decrease the pain. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic is usually a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of pain.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each one was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
All of the subjects who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control patients 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 diclofenac.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Tumwater office with Dr. Harrell today at (360) 489-0635. 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.