In our San Angelo office, Dr. Pittman has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic care is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had experienced 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 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.
All of the people who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without negative side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care 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. Call and make an appointment in our San Angelo office with Dr. Pittman today at (325) 223-9355. We'll help improve 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.