The Real Truth about Prescription Medication and Pain Relief

Prescription drugs are one of the leading killers in the US.  According to many reports, approximately 100,000 Americans die each year as result of prescription drugs. So, why would you choose drugs over conservative Chiropractic care for neck pain, back pain or even headaches?  

According to a study published in a January 2012 issue of the research journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, Chiropractic spinal manipulation is more effective than over-the-counter and prescription medication for relieving acute neck pain. Spinal manipulative therapy was more effective than medication in both the short and long term.  In the study, patients with neck pain who chose to use Chiropractic care or exercised were more than twice as likely to be pain free than those who relied on prescription medicine.

Whenever you get a headache, a common reaction is to run for the medicine counter for pain relief.  However, studies show that this is not the wisest choice to relieve your headache or migraine symptoms.  A recent study done by researchers at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota compared Chiropractic care with drug therapies for migraines and chronic tension headaches. The study was released in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. More than a couple of hundred headache patients were given either drug therapy or standard chiropractic care. Both groups reported a forty to fifty percent elimination of headache pain at the end of the study.

A four week follow-up after discontinuing all care showed only the Chiropractic group still enjoying the pain reduction the treatment initiated. Only 20-25% of the drug therapy patients were still benefitting from their treatment at this follow up. So, from a long term perspective, the patients that received Chiropractic care enjoyed better results and benefits than did the patients who received drug therapy. 

On our website, we discuss the report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, where it was found that "spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headaches than commonly prescribed medications."

As always, every single case is different.  At SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers, we take pride in understanding that treatment without a proper diagnosis is not a wise solution. So, you can take comfort in knowing that we will perform a thorough evaluation before a proper course of care is determined for you.

If you have been experiencing back pain, neck pain or headaches then it is time to consider Chiropractic care. To learn more about the treatment of back and neck pain or to discover alternative treatments for headaches and migraines, please click on the link here.

Turning to Chiropractic care will be one of the best choices you make for your long term health. It is the safe and healthy way to treat pain. Our goal with this article is to highlight the real truth about prescription medication and pain relief. We hope you found this article informative and we are interested in your feedback.

If you are ready to move forward with your pain free life, without prescription medication, then click here to take your first step.