The patient survey, conducted by Consumer Reports, rated doctors of chiropractic as the top practitioners, including ulcers and stomach bleeding. Growing research now reveals additional side effects, suggesting that high doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and COX-2 inhibitors can increase the risk of heart attack. Of particular danger in the study are ibuprofen and diclofenac. People taking taking these medications for pain are encouraged to take the smallest effective dose, and to take it for the shortest length of time. The study was published in the British Medical Journal (Reuters, June 1, 2006). Furthermore, NSAIDs also slow the healing time of soft tissue. Keep this in mind before you accept the medications your co-worker offers when you say you’re in pain.
If you are tired of merely managing pain by temporarily masking it with drugs, and want a drug-free, non-invasive option which will get to the root of the problem, call ProActive Chiropractic at 415-762-8141.