Here in our Napa, CA practice, Dr. Roxann Bettencourt, DC has helped several people heal from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the discomfort. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic care is oftentimes a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of problem.
In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
All of the patients who received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic care 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 promote healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health complications. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Napa, CA office with Dr. Roxann Bettencourt, DC today at (707) 257-3600. We'll help relieve your back pain 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.