Pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen may account for higher rates of heart disease and stroke in those with osteoarthritis. If you have been taking these medications regularly, you may be at increased risk according to a recent study published in the journal of Arthritis & Rheumatology.
This recent study, which used thousands of Canadian health databases confirmed previous studies that has also shown that these medications may cause heart problems. This particular study shows that the risk of cardiovascular disease increased 41% in those who regularly took the drugs.
The chiropractic profession is well aware of the effects of chronic pain and how medications such as NSAID’s may cause complications in a patients kidneys, and may prevent healing.
Recently, studies from the Annals of Internal Medicine which reported their findings on back pain, had shown the problem of chronic pain is movement based. Improper movement patterns and adaptation of how we walk and move which is specific to our body style may be the reason there are so many people in pain.
Chiropractors are uniquely skilled to help patients who are having chronic joint pain improve the quality of their lives, without having to resort to medications that over time may cause harmful side effects, while doing little to improve body function. They can also help you improve your lifestyle by being a health coach of sorts.
More people are beginning to understand that seemingly safe medications may have long standing consequences for how we feel and function. Improved function leads to improved levels of activity and eventually better cardiovascular health with regular exercise.
Seeing a chiropractor first for pain that is thought to be caused by arthritis may yield surprisingly good results. Before you reach for that bottle, call your local chiropractor first.