Nearly one third of the population suffers with chronic pain. One third of them state that low back pain is their major complaint. Most pain sufferers resort to taking over-the-counter painkillers, known as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These include aspirin and ibuprofen. Others resort to prescription medication, such as CELEBREX®, Indocin and Cataflam®. Many NSAIDS have been found to be unsafe, causing side effects which include internal bleeding, heart attacks and stroke and an increase in blood pressure. Other side effects include respiratory problems, kidney complications, liver disease, GI complications and central nervous system problems.
For those suffering with low back pain and sciatica, chiropractic has been proven to be a safe and natural approach to correcting the underlying problem of a pinched nerve caused by vertebral subluxation (misaligned vertebrae) or by a herniated disc (bulging disc). Relieving the pressure on the pinched nerve through spinal manipulation or spinal decompression will reduce the irritation and inflammation on the nerve, thus correcting the problem without the harmful side effects of drugs.