In our Parkland, FL practice, Dr. Scharf has helped countless patients heal from back problems. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is often a better approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of pain.
In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each patient was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, 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 served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
All of the subjects who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to correct the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Parkland, FL office with Dr. Scharf today at (954) 227-0088. We'll help ease 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.