In our Anchorage practice, Dr. Matthisen has helped countless patients heal from back problems. If you are struggling with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should know that research shows that chiropractic care is usually a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.
In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine experts included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects 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 type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care 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. Call and make an appointment in our Anchorage office with Dr. Matthisen today at (907) 349-4212. 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.