In our Memphis practice, Dr. Amodeo has helped many patients recover from back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic is often a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of problem.
In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine experts included 101 individuals who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each patient was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.
All of the patients who received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no actual therapy. 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 drug.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Memphis office with Dr. Amodeo today at (901) 757-8311. We'll help improve 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.