In our Gresham, OR practice, Dr. Ramsey has helped countless patients recover from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to relieve the discomfort. You should know that research shows that chiropractic care is often a better alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of problem.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each person was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care 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 individuals served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.
All of the subjects who received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control group who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the people who received chiropractic care had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the 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 get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Gresham, OR office with Dr. Ramsey today at (503) 667-6744. 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.