Chiropractic vs Vioxx and Celebrex

If you are taking Celebrex or Vioxx for chronic spinal pain, your medical doctor may have informed you about a recent study published in one of the world’s top medical journal, called Spine. This study compared chiropractic spinal adjustments, acupuncture, and NSAIDs (Drugs such as Vioxx, Celebrex, and Ibuprofen) for treatment of chronic spinal pain. This study followed patients for two, five, and nine week trials that showed chiropractic spinal adjustments had greater short term improvement for chronic spinal pain. About 50 % of the people improved with chiropractic adjustment, while only 5 % of the people improved with NSAIDs. However, 6 % of the people had complications from the NSAIDs, yet there were no reported complications from the spinal adjustments. This study showed chiropractic to be the safest and best treatment of spinal pain.

A chiropractor’s focus is to find what the cause of the spinal pain is and how it contributes to spinal misalignment. Many times when you have a pain in your spine, it is a serious warning sign. It is comparable to the “check engine” light that comes on in your car. The problem with the warning light is that you are never certain what is wrong with the engine. The car problem could be that it is leaking oil, spark plugs could be misfiring, the alternator may not be working, or many other possible problems. The only way to know what is wrong is to have it checked by a professional mechanic. Spinal pain should also be check by a professional. Anyone taking NSAIDs for spinal pain, should get checked by a chiropractor to see if chiropractic can help. According the millions of chiropractic patients and studies like the one discussed above, chiropractic has been shown to be more efficient and a safe way to treat spinal pain. If you or someone you know has any questions about this study or chiropractic in general, please feel free to call my office at 828-694-1121. You can also check out our web page at