In our Anchorage office, Dr. Matthisen has helped many patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to relieve the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic care is often a better approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.
In a report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each person was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.
Both of the groups that received some form of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control group who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the patients who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Anchorage office with Dr. Matthisen today at (907) 349-4212. 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.