Diclofenac vs. Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain
Researchers from Spine Journal recently concluded a ground-breaking study that showed astounding results when comparing chiropractic adjustments against Diclofenac, one of the most popular and commonly-prescribed anti-inflammatory medications available.
The researchers essentially pitted chiropractic manipulative treatment (adjustments) directly against diclofenac and placebo in a double-blind comparison of their effectiveness in treating low back pain.
The researchers came to three hard-hitting conclusions:
- This is the first time that spinal manipulation was investigated in a double-blinded randomized controlled design showing clear superiority compared with placebo and NSAIDs.
- HVLA manipulation CAN be recommended for the therapeutic treatment of acute low back pain.
- Final evaluation showed manipulation being significantly better than NSAIDs and clinically superior to placebo.
Furthermore, when the researchers looked at the number of individuals that found complete relief from their low back pain, there were twice as many patients in the chiropractic treatment group finding complete relief vs. the diclofenac group. Additionally, the number of patients in the chiropractic group whose condition deteriorated was zero, while just as many patients in the diclofenac group had their condition deteriorate.
It’s undeniable evidence that chiropractic comes through head and shoulders above one of the primary avenues of treatment in mainstream medicine’s management of low back pain.
The Bottom Line
Diclofenac is prescribed to millions of back pain patients every single day, but chiropractic care, especially the low-force soft-tissue-based techniques we use at Ascent Chiropractic, have been shown time and time again to be just as effective if not more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs in completely eliminating low back pain.
What’s more, chiropractic care for low back pain avoids almost all the side effects that come with NSAID’s and is safe for every population of patient, even those with cardiac problems who can’t take anti-inflammatory medications. Suffering from low back pain and looking for a chiropractor in Brookfield, New Berlin, Waukesha or Milwaukee? Make an appointment at Ascent Sports & Wellness Chiropractic by calling 262-345-4166 or scheduling via our online appointment request app.
Von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blinded randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Apr 1;38(7):540-8.