Here in our Anchorage practice, Dr. Mulholland has helped many patients recover from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is often a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this common 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 two days. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
All of the subjects who received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control subjects who had no real treatment. 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 drug diclofenac.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to correct the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.
If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Make an appointment in our Anchorage office with Dr. Mulholland today at (907) 770-5700. 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.