A Natural Approach to Back Pain
Chiropractic is centered on the approach of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Holland, this means working hard to reestablish your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We see that most of our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health problems.
One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are commonly issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.
Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures offered by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction arises.
Compare that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a medication might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. Holland will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without any risky medications.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Downtown St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment with Dr. Holland.
- Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
- What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids