There are many different causes of back pain. The pain can affect different areas of your back:
When you have back pain it can make many simple activities of daily living such as sitting, rolling over in bed, and reading a book difficult or impossible. However, you are not alone as back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to medical doctors and the most common reason for visits to chiropractors.
The back pain causes that are discussed most often are related to pain and inflammation. The spine is inflamed and that is what is causing the pain. Thus, medical doctors often prescribed NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, Advil, etc. as they work to reduce inflammation. In addition, there are more powerful anti-inflammatories which are known as COX-2 inhibitors. An example being Celebrex.
Let’s review research for the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications vs chiropractic care. The Journal, Spine, conducted a study comparing COX-2 medications vs chiropractic spinal manipulation in the treatment of chronic back pain. A key to keep in mind is that COX-2 medications are more powerful than NSAIDs (Ibuprofan, Advil, etc.). Thus, COX-2 medications should be more effective than NSAIDs in reducing back pain.
Importantly, the study found that chiropractic treatments were 5 times more effective than the most powerful anti-inflammatory medications, COX-2 inhibitors. In addition, there were no adverse events from the chiropractic treatment but there were actually more patients who experienced adverse events from taking COX-2 inhibitors than were helped.
The authors of the study concluded with the following, “in patients with chronic spinal pain syndromes, spinal manipulation may be the only treatment modality of the assessed regimens that provides broad and significant long-term benefit.”
Thus, if you have chronic back pain, TRY CHIROPRACTIC FIRST. It is more effective than anti-inflammatory medications.
As a member of ChiroTrust, our office has taken the ChiroTrust Pledge to provide our patients convenient, affordable, and mainstream Chiropractic Care without any unnecessary long-term treatment plans and/or therapies. Do determine if your back pain causes could be helped by chiropractic care, we offer a no obligation free consultation with Dr. Eric Lund. Please call our office today to begin experiencing back pain relief.
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