November 11, 2014

There seems to be a pill for every ailment…and quite a few 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. Dr. Butwell recognizes there is a place for effective drug therapy and empathizes with our patients. Back pain hurts! Back pain interrupts life. Dr. Butwell sees a lot of different drugs patients are taking for their pain. Dr. Butwell is always thrilled when its Georgetown 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 Georgetown 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 useful for relieving chronic back pain than Tramadol® in one study. (3) Dr. Butwell 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 Dr. Butwell sets a treatment plan for our Georgetown 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 Dr. Butwell’s Georgetown chiropractic care is pain relief for a better quality of life.

So contact Dr. Butwell. 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 Georgetown chiropractic physician will successfully relieve your pain. Now that’s better than any pill!