November 11, 2014

There seems to be a pill for everything…and many of us want a pill for anything!

Back pain is a different animal though. Pills don’t always relieve like we’d like or like we’d expect. Johnson Chiropractic recognizes there is a place for effective drug therapy and empathizes with our patients. Back pain hurts! Back pain interrupts life. Johnson Chiropractic sees a lot of different drugs patients are taking for their pain. Johnson Chiropractic is always thrilled when its Richmond chiropractic care relieves pain enough that back pain and neck pain patients don’t feel the need to take pain relieving drugs as much! But let’s look at what is available for pain control and relief and the effectiveness as documented by researchers.

So, what does and doesn’t seem effective in treating Richmond back pain with drug therapy? Despite the potent anti-inflammatory effects that would seem to be effective, oral corticoids are not effective in the treatment of lumbar canal stenosis. (1) For low back pain sufferers, regular or as-needed dosing with paracetamol (acetaminophen) does not affect recovery time compared with placebo. Therefore, researchers question the universal endorsement of paracetamol for these types of  patients. (2) And Motrin®, Aleve® and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) drugs are more effective for relieving chronic back pain than Tramadol® in one study. (3) Johnson Chiropractic found this quite interesting and confidently offers its chiropractic care plan to relieve back pain and neck pain so our patients don’t feel the need to even have to take these medications.

Accordingly when Johnson Chiropractic sets a treatment plan for our Richmond low back pain and neck pain patients, one goal is to attain 50% relief of pain within 30 days with the Cox Technic protocol system. Often our patients find that relief in just a visit or two, but some of the more difficult, painful conditions (like sciatic leg pain) may take a bit longer for that relief. As patients who are on various pain relieving drugs – prescription or not – follow the treatment plan and experience pain relief, they may not feel the need to take them as often. The goal of Johnson Chiropractic’s Richmond chiropractic care is pain relief for a better quality of life.

So contact Johnson Chiropractic. Bring your list of medications with you – NSAIDs and others – so we can note what you are taking. And bring with you trust, trust that chiropractic care with the non-surgical and evidence-based treatment of Cox Technic in the hands of your trained Richmond chiropractic physician will successfully relieve your pain. Now that’s better than any pill!