Got an achy back? Wondering about the benefits of chiropractic instead of drugs for back pain? Studies are showing you're better off going to a chiropractor than popping another pain pill.
According to a recent study
, published in the medical journal Spine
, chiropractic adjustments are more effective than a drug for easing back pain.
To compare the success of drugs and chiropractic, researchers tested the effects of spinal adjustments and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug called diclofenac. They divided 38 patients with acute back pain into three treatment groups. One group received spinal adjustments and a placebo drug; the second group received sham adjustments and real diclofenac; and the control group received sham adjustments and a placebo drug.
While both the active treatment groups improved, patients receiving spinal adjustments were significantly better off than patients taking diclofenac. They experienced greater improvements in physical disability, function, time off work, and rescue medication.
This led researchers to conclude that "spinal manipulation was significantly better than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac and clinically superior to placebo."
These findings add to the growing body of research
showing that chiropractic is more effective than drugs for back pain
and sciatica. And it's easy to see why. While drugs temporarily dull the pain, they do little to treat the root of the problem. Instead, chiropractic can relieve symptoms while
addressing the underlying cause of pain.