A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics demonstrated that Chiropractic Adjustments far out perform muscle relaxers for treatment of Low Back Pain!
The study shows that Adjustments were 49% more effective than muscle relaxers and placebo for reducing pain. What is also interesting is the muscle relaxer group had a similar outcome as placebo, meaning the patients taking the muscle relaxers could have done nothing and had the same outcome.
With the known side effects and adverse reaction muscle relaxers can cause, it is great news that patients have alternatives to the standard medical care. Now, lets be fair, we have known this type of information for many years. Decades in fact. The consensus of the medical literature is that the first referral for any spine related pain should be to a Chiropractor and this information has been around for a long time. The question is when will doctors begin to follow the medical literature and refer all spine pain to Chiropractors first, not to PT, Orthopedic, or Neurosurgeons? Hopefully soon so patients can get the care they need and recover quickly.