Here is why you should see a chiropractor first for back pain
Results of a new study show you might want to consider seeing a chiropractor first for back pain instead of turning to drugs that can have too many side effects and cause harm.
A new review, published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, found anti-inflammtory drugs that can be purchased over the counter for pain do little or nothing when your back hurts.
Additionally, medicines like ibuprofen or other NSAIDS more than double the chances of bleeding in the stomach.
Anti-inflammatory drugs no better than placebo for back pain
Researchers looked 35 studies that included 6000 patients being treated for back pain to find our if medications were of value and at what cost when it comes to side effects.
The authors found medications offered “clinically unimportant effects” for pain in the back or spine.
The drugs increased the chances of gastrointestinal bleeding by 2.5 times.
“At present, there are no simple analgesics that provide clinically important effects for spinal pain over placebo,” the authors noted, making finding alternatives important for health care consumers.
Stronger medicatons that have been used for years - opioids - also have been found to do little for back pain. Side effects of the medications include constipation, drowsiness, depression, nausea, increased fall risk and lack of appetite. Not to mention many are expensive with high copayments.
Back pain is treatable but can also be debilitating. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)) 31 million Americans experience pain in the spine. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, but most often the cause is not from a serious underlying condition.
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Chiropractors do more than spinal manipulation that can help relieve pain from muscle spasm and pinched nerve.
ACA President David Herd, DC said in a media releae: “In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors can offer a range of non-drug therapies for back pain and recommend exercises and important lifestyle changes to help prevent future back pain and injury.”
Anals of the Rheumatic Diseases
"Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for spinal pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis"
Gustavo C Machado, et al.