Most people experience back pain, and many of these patients use drugs for pain relief. A 2014 study found that of older adults with chronic back pain, 72% of them were using some kind of analgesic to help cope with the pain. Another study found that 32% of back pain patients in their analysis were using prescribed opiates for relief.
It’s unfortunate that so many patients depend on drugs for musculoskeletal aches and pains, especially when chiropractic is an effective and safe way to not only relieve pain, but also prevent future pain episodes.
Now a new study shows that chiropractic also is linked to a lower risk of adverse drug reactions in patients with back pain. In this study, the authors looked at the medical records of over 19,000 adults in New Hampshire who had at least two doctor visits for back pain. 9.810 of these patients used chiropractic care; 9,343 patients used regular medical care. The researchers analyzed the number of adverse drug effects (ADEs) experienced by the two groups.
The authors found:
- Younger patients were more likely to use chiropractic care.
- Non-chiropractic patients tended to have more health problems, in general, when compared to those who used chiropractic.
- Chiropractic patients experienced 51% fewer adverse drug reactions (.4% vs .9%) compared to medical patients.
- 15 non-chiropractic patients were diagnosed with drug withdrawal, while zero chiropractic patients had drug withdrawal.