Low Back Pain: Spinal Manipulation vs. NSAIDs

Low Back Pain: Spinal Manipulation vs. NSAIDs in Glasgow & Ayrshire

Low back pain (LBP) is the single biggest cause of disability in the world and the second most common cause of doctor visits. Overall, LBP costs society millions annually in lost income, decreased productivity, legal and insurance overheads.

Studies on the use of spinal manipulation (SM)—a method of treatment provided by Osteopaths —for LBP are abundant and have contributed to a strong recommendation that SM should be considered as the FIRST course of treatment for LBP. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society both prescribe SM for people with LBP, who do not improve with self-care.

In 2010, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) stated that SM is an effective treatment choice for LBP – EQUALLY effective as medicine, to alleviate LBP and neck pain.

A 2013 study compared SM and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and found that SM was more effective than diclofenac, a widely prescribed NSAID, in the treatment of LBP. Patients in the SM community have also reported NO adverse side effects. More significantly, the 2015 study found that the use of NSAIDs would potentially slow down the healing process and even worsen osteoarthritis and joint deterioration!

Osteopaths use SM for as many conditions as possible, including LBP—more than any other medical specialty, including physical therapy, medical doctors, and others. Osteopaths often combine other synergistic modes of treatment, such as patient-specific exercise therapy to help patients learn how to self-manage their LBP, as recurrence is a common problem.

If you are suffering from low back pain or any musculoskeletal issues, please book in to see us at www.cramosteopaths.co.uk/book-online