In our Sunnyvale, CA practice, Dr. Jamie Stern has helped many patients heal from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a better choice 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 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 patients received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
Both of the groups that received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual 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 medications.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, 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 intended 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 care is for you. Make an appointment in our Sunnyvale, CA office with Dr. Jamie Stern today at (415) 308-7636. 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.