Here in our Burke office, Dr. Zapf has helped countless patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to reduce the discomfort. You should know that research shows that chiropractic is usually a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of pain.
In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each individual 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 individuals received fake chiropractic adjustments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.
All of the participants who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no real care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the subjects who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted 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 resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.
If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Burke office with Dr. Zapf today at (703) 455-9555. 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.