Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Bay Shore practice, Dr. Selzer has helped several patients heal from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is often a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each patient was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

All of the participants who received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control patients who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the people who received chiropractic care had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without negative side effects. For example, NSAIDs 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 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. Call and make an appointment in our Bay Shore office with Dr. Selzer today at (631) 665-3714. We'll help ease your back pain in a healthy way!

References

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.

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    Dr. Craig Selzer is a chiropractor in Bay Shore, New York. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1994 and attended SUNY Stony Brook. He holds additional degrees in Bachelor of Science and Certified Active Release Techniques. All Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy care is a Family Practice dedicated to overall health through the body's innate ability to heal itself. Dr. Selzer is certified in Active Release Techniques and is always treating athletic injuries.