If you’ve ever dealt with long-lasting back pain, you may consider it commonplace to always have a bottle of painkillers nearby to help you subdue the pain that is hampering your day-to-day life. While these pills may temporarily reduce the pain you are experiencing, the reward isn’t worth the risk that comes along with such powerful medications. As seen all over the news in the past couple of years, painkillers can not only be dangerous but they can also be deadly when not used in proper dosages.
In addition to being potentially dangerous, painkillers have been found by a number of studies to be less effective than chiropractic adjustments in providing long-term pain relief for those suffering from lower back pain. In these studies, although patients saw a reduction in pain when receiving both pain medications and chiropractic adjustments, patients recorded a greater level of pain reduction after receiving a chiropractic adjustment. Not only did those who received chiropractic adjustments have a greater reduction in pain, they also experienced that reduction in pain levels quicker than those who were treated using pain medications. The patients who received chiropractic adjustments also reported that they were experiencing a better quality of life after 12 weeks than those who were taking pain medications.
The reason chiropractic adjustments provider greater, long-term pain relief compared to pain medications is that chiropractic addresses the root cause of the pain instead of simply masking the symptoms. Chiropractors are trained specifically on how the spine interacts with the rest of the body and therefore are extremely effective at diagnosing the root of the issue and the best approach to correcting it. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab offers a number of other services to treat back pain. These services range from massage therapy to electric stimulation to dry needling, which is similar in some ways to acupuncture. When all or some of these services are combined into a comprehensive and consistent treatment plan, the odds are overwhelming in favor of a reduction in pain levels and an improvement in quality of life.
If you have been utilizing pain medications to provide you relief from back pain, Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab may be able to help. Give us a call at (330) 726-7404 to set up a consultation and we’ll see what we can do to help you improve your daily quality of life. We have been servicing the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley area since 2001 with convenient locations in Boardman and Hubbard. At Advanced Chiropractic & Rehab we are a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation group that treats work comp injuries, whiplash, sports injuries and specializes in much more than just low back pain.