Pain is a serious issue for many people. In fact, 25.3 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. The bigger problem is what can happen if you turn to over-the-counter or prescription drugs to get relief. Fortunately, chiropractic care is as effective as pain medication in managing sustained pain syndromes, and it eliminates the side effects and risk associated with short and long-term use of medicine. Let’s walk through some steps that demonstrate how chiropractic care works effectively. Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and other common pain relievers are better than opioids in providing relief of recurrent pain in the back, knees, and hips. NSAIDs also help increase patients’ ability to perform daily activities like going to work, talking a walk, or sleeping soundly. So, you can be safer by relying on NSAIDs over opioids. However, another study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that spinal manipulation by a qualified chiropractor over six weeks reduced back pain and improved function as much as NSAIDs, but without risks normally associated with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers. Following this logic, chiropractic care remains one of the safest, most effective options to consider when seeking treatment for back pain. Non-invasive, simple, and drug-free, chiropractic is a great way to manage pain and improve mobility so you can return to normal daily life as quickly as possible. To discuss options, contact a doctor of chiropractic near you and get treated today.