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Why Chiropractic Care is More Effective than Drugs for Musculoskeletal Pain

Chiropractic CareWhether chronic or acute, pain should not be ignored. Most people reach for pain medications when they experience pain, but studies say that non-drug options such as chiropractic care are much better. In fact, in a Brooklyn pain management center, this non-invasive therapy is used to treat common types of musculoskeletal pain such as head, neck and back pain, muscle pain, joint pain, as well as neuropathic pain.

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen arenonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, studies have shown that compared to chiropractic treatment, these medicines provide only limited pain relief and come with systemic side effects. A study published in The Annals of Internal Medicine in 2012 found that chiropractic care or simple exercises done at home were more effective in reducing neck pain than taking medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or opioids. There were noticeable differences between the patients who had spinal manipulation and those who were administered medication even a year later.

Chiropractic care in Brooklyn is a medication-free natural remedy for pain. While medications serve to mask pain temporarily, chiropractic treatment actually reduces painful symptoms and provides long-lasting relief. Chiropractors use techniques such as spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization and corrective exercise programs including passive and isometric stretching techniques to improve pain. These methods use the body’s healing properties to naturally address specific pain-related issues and achieve results.

The latest guidelines of the American College of Physicians present the evidence and provide clinical recommendations on noninvasive lower back pain treatment. The ACP specifically advises physicians and patients to treat acute or subacute low back pain with non-drug therapies such as superficial heat, massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation, while highlighting the importance of avoiding opioids due to their high risk for dependency and overdose. Key recommendations include:

  • For chronic back pain, physicians and patients can initially select nondrug measures like tai chi, yoga, chiropractic, and massage before resorting to over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers.
  • For acute low back pain that lasts for four weeks or less, try massage, heat, acupuncture, and spinal manipulation, or chiropractic.
  • Acetaminophen and systemic steroids were not effective in treating acute or subacute low back pain.
  • In cases where patients do not respond to nondrug therapy, doctors can consider the use of with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as first line therapy; or tramadol or duloxetine as second line therapy.
  • Opioids should be the last option for treatment and only in patients who have failed other therapies, as they are associated with substantial harms, including the risk of addiction or accidental overdose.

Chiropractic care offers many unique benefits:

  • Non-invasive and drug free therapy
  • Treats the underlying problem
  • Helps manage pain effectively and provides long-term relief
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Reduces overall stress
  • Natural and safe, with no side effects
  • Helps lower risk of further injury

Chiropractic massage treatment can relax tight and tense muscles, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function and improve circulation, recovery time and immune system function.

In a reliable Brooklyn based pain management center, licensed experienced chiropractors work with other healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, pain management doctors, neurologists and rehab specialists to optimize outcomes. They carefully evaluate patients and develop personalized treatment programs to address their specific issues. Reports say that maintenance chiropractic care (treatment at regular intervals regardless of symptoms) is more effective than symptomatic treatment (receiving chiropractic treatment only when you’re experiencing pain).

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