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Chiropractic Care and Exercise Shown to Be More Effective Than Drugs


For many years, people will often think of going to a doctor when they develop back or neck pain. It is considered as the thing to do. When they get there, however, if the situation does not require surgery, a doctor will often tell the patient to rest, and then prescribe some pills for the pain.

This common procedure will help with the pain, but it only treats the symptoms, and does not deal with the underlying cause. The cause is most likely that a vertebra in the neck or spine has become misaligned. This puts pressure on the nerves in the area and pain is the result.

A recent study compared the benefits of chiropractic care and exercise against taking pain medication for neck pain. The results of the study were published in The Annals of Internal Medicine. The results indicated that people found that chiropractic care and exercises done at home produced better results than medications.

The differences between the groups slowly decreased after a while. Even after one year, though, differences could still be seen. The testing group consisted of 272 people who had neck pain without any detectable cause.

The people who were given chiropractic care, and another group that did exercises, found that 57 percent of those who received chiropractic treatment had their pain reduced by as much as 75 percent. This was compared to the group who took the medications but had only a 33 percent reduction in pain.

After a year, the researchers checked back with those involved in the study. It was discovered that more than 50 percent of those who were given chiropractic adjustments still claimed to have a minimum of a 75 percent reduction in their pain. This was compared to a 38 percent reduction in pain among those who took drugs.

When it comes to being pain free, there was also a significant difference among the participants. Of those who were given chiropractic care, 32 percent became free of pain. This was compared to just 13 percent among those who were given the medications for pain.

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